LINGUIST List 6.1546

Fri Nov 3 1995

Qs: Grammar structure, News group, Case

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  1. Douglas Walter, Alternative grammar structure
  2. claudia brugman, Q: groups for evolution/universals
  3. Linda Formichelli, Q: Instrumental Body Parts in Russian

Message 1: Alternative grammar structure

Date: Thu, 02 Nov 1995 13:48:52 Alternative grammar structure
From: Douglas Walter <waltdomoonbase.wwc.edu>
Subject: Alternative grammar structure

I'm looking for any previous attempts at creating an alternative grammar
structure and word structure, more under the auspices of theoretical
linguistics. I have looked into Esperanto and some of the other more
popular planned languages. I'm looking specifically for languages that
employ more than one medium in communication (ie. visual & verbal). If
you know where I might find such information, please let me know.

Thanks...

Douglas A Walter
waltdomoonbase.wwc.edu
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Message 2: Q: groups for evolution/universals

Date: Fri, 03 Nov 1995 15:59:15 Q: groups for evolution/universals
From: claudia brugman <claudia.brugmanstonebow.otago.ac.nz>
Subject: Q: groups for evolution/universals

Are there any newsgroups devoted to issues of human & biological /
linguistic evolution & the relationship of evolution to universals? Back
to me. Thanks.

Dr. Claudia Brugman
Linguistics Section,
School of Languages
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin, New Zealand
office:(64)(3) 479-8101
fax: (64)(3) 479-8558
claudia.brugmanstonebow.otago.ac.nz
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Message 3: Q: Instrumental Body Parts in Russian

Date: Thu, 02 Nov 1995 23:01:06 Q: Instrumental Body Parts in Russian
From: Linda Formichelli <lindaforviolet.berkeley.edu>
Subject: Q: Instrumental Body Parts in Russian

Dear Linguists,

I am researching the use of the instrumental case for the objects (?) of
verbs expressing motion of body parts in Russian, for example "maxat'
rukoj." Specifically, I am looking into whether the body part is an
object, and if so, if it is syntactically the same as the direct object. I
am also interested in the theta-roles of the arguments of such verbs. The
only references I have been able to find which deal with these types of
verbs at all are Apresjan's _Leksicheskaja semantika_ and Wierzbicka's _The
Case for Surface Case_. Also helpful for different ways of thinking about
the problem were Dowty's "Thematic Proto-Roles and Argument Selection" and
Hopper & Thompson's "Transitivity in Grammar and Discourse". and I would
appreciate references to any other current writings or thoughts on the
subject, dealing with Russian or any language with a similar problem.

Thanks,

Linda Formichelli
lindaforviolet.berkeley.edu
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