LINGUIST List 5.237

Tue 01 Mar 1994

Qs: Czech, Determiner-Phrases, Plausibility, Relative clause

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  1. , Czech Translator
  2. "James K. Tauber", Query: References on Determiner-Phrases
  3. Philip Resnik - Sun Microsystems Labs BOpresnikcaesar.east.sun.com, Children's argument plausibility judgements
  4. Kersti Bo"rjars, Query:establishing relatives

Message 1: Czech Translator

Date: 27 Feb 1994 10:37:28 -0500Czech Translator
From: <THATHAWAYvz.cis.umn.edu>
Subject: Czech Translator

Is anyone aware of a computer program that will translate Czech into
either English or German?

- Ted Hathaway, Minneapolis Public Library thathawayvz.cis.umn.edu
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Message 2: Query: References on Determiner-Phrases

Date: Sun, 27 Feb 1994 23:53:15 Query: References on Determiner-Phrases
From: "James K. Tauber" <jtaubertartarus.uwa.edu.au>
Subject: Query: References on Determiner-Phrases


I'm interested in references to work on determiner-headed phrases and the
DP-hypothesis. I'm aware of Abney 1987. What work has been done since
within a GB context or otherwise?

James Tauber <jtaubertartarus.uwa.edu.au>
Undergraduate Student, Centre for Linguistics
University of Western Australia, Perth, AUSTRALIA
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Message 3: Children's argument plausibility judgements

Date: Sun, 27 Feb 1994 10:53:26 Children's argument plausibility judgements
From: Philip Resnik - Sun Microsystems Labs BOpresnikcaesar.east.sun.com <presnikcaesar.east.sun.com>
Subject: Children's argument plausibility judgements


I'm looking for data on children's judgements of argument plausibility
-- that is, the semantic or conceptual "goodness of fit" of a nominal
argument with a predicate like an adjective or verb. One source that
I know of is Landau and Gleitman (1985), who report exchanges like
this with a blind child:

 Experimenter: Could a cow be red?
 Blind child: I think they're usually brown or white.

 Experimenter: Could an idea be green?
 Blind child: No, silly! They're only in your head.

and another is Keil (1979). There have been some finer-grained
studies with adults on this topic (e.g. asking subjects to answer
questions like "How likely is it for someone to interview a reporter?"
on a 1-to-5 scale), and ideally I'm hoping someone has figured out how
to get that sort of data from children.

Thanks!

 Philip <philip.resnikeast.sun.com>
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Message 4: Query:establishing relatives

Date: Mon, 28 Feb 94 15:01:15 GMQuery:establishing relatives
From: Kersti Bo"rjars <kersti.borjarsmanchester.ac.uk>
Subject: Query:establishing relatives

Could someone tell us where the term 'establishing relative clause' comes
from? We felt reasonably certain that it had been around for a while and
that it started life in one of the good old works on grammar (Jespersen,
Poutsma, Kruisinga etc.), but we haven't been able to find it. It seems
such a useful notion that we would really appreciate your help in finding a
reference to it.

Thanks,
Kersti Bo"rjars

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Department of Linguistics Fax +44 (0)61-275 3187
University of Manchester e-mail kersti.borjarsman.ac.uk
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Manchester M13 0XS
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