LINGUIST List 6.801

Fri 09 Jun 1995

Qs: Locatives, Y. Lastra, Origin/historical meaning

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  1. Michal Starke, case-marked locatives
  2. David Beck, desparately seeking
  3. "Michael C. Beard", Odd descriptions of character

Message 1: case-marked locatives

Date: Thu, 08 Jun 1995 12:13:42 case-marked locatives
From: Michal Starke <starkeasg.ag-berlin.mpg.de>
Subject: case-marked locatives


Does anyone know about locative elements such as English _there_ which are
(overtly) case-marked, i.e. have a different form when used as subjects and
objects?

If so, are there cases where the locative is also used as an expletive (as
in the English: _there_ came a man)?

Please reply to me (starkeuni2a.unige.ch or the above one) and I will post
a summary,
thanks
Michal Starke.
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Message 2: desparately seeking

Date: Thu, 08 Jun 95 08:58:24 PDdesparately seeking
From: David Beck <DJBECKUVVM.UVic.CA>
Subject: desparately seeking

I am trying to get hold of a copy of a book reviewed in Language last year:

Yolanda Lastra (1992) Sociolinguistica para Hispanoamericanos.
 Mexico City: El Colegio de Mexico

None of the obvious people to get in touch with have answered my
e-mail. Does anyone on this list know how/where I can find this book?
Even a snail-mail address for El Colegio de Mexico would be helpful.
Many thanks.

David Beck, University of Victoria, Canada
djbeckuvvm.uvic.ca
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Message 3: Odd descriptions of character

Date: 08 Jun 95 19:34:23 EDT
From: "Michael C. Beard" <73131.3101compuserve.com>
Subject: Odd descriptions of character

In discussing some old, and some contemporary, character descriptions given to
people, I was wondering about some of their derivations. For instance, does
anyone know of the origin and/or historical meaning of some of the following
strange and humorous appellations?

Nincompoop
Knucklehead
Blockhead
Nerd
Dweeb
Geek

I expect some of the terms to have been fanciful phonological inventions (such
as in Lewis Carroll's _Alice in Wonderland_), but others might actually be
derived from meaningful (even if pejorative) references. If you have any input,
I'd like to hear it.

Thanks,
Michael Beard
Wayne State University
73131.3101compuserve.com
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