LINGUIST List 6.87

Sat 21 Jan 1995

Qs: Linguistic relativism, GB penpals, Confs '95, Child lang

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  1. (eorge Aaron Broadwell, Query
  2. , GB Penpals
  3. , Query Conferences Summer '95
  4. George Aaron Broadwell, Whose is that's?

Message 1: Query

Date: Thu, 19 Jan 95 17:07:12 ESQuery
From: (eorge Aaron Broadwell <>
Subject: Query

Fellow linguists:

I need current references on the issue of
linguistic relativism or linguistic relativity.
This is for a chapter for the Handbook of
Cross-Cultural Psychology. The chapter is
on cognition and cognitive development.


Dr. Jeanette Altarriba
Department of Psychology (SS 112)
University at Albany, State University of New York
Albany, NY 12222 USA (518) 442-5004
internet address:
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Message 2: GB Penpals

Date: 19 Jan 95 21:12:26 CST
Subject: GB Penpals

I am following Haegeman's _Introduction to Government & Binding Theory_
on my own, outside the context of a class in syntax. I would appreciate
hearing from anyone who is also following this text, or, actually, any
other introduction to GB theory, and would like an electronic penpal to
bounce ideas off of, whether a grad or undergrad student, or just another
lone ranger like myself.

If you teach a course based on this or any other GB text, I'd appreciate
your passing my e-mail address on to your students, especially the utter
syntax nerds.

Tony Wright (
Educational Support Services * St. Philip's College
1801 Martin Luther King Dr. * San Antonio, TX 78203 USA
(210) 531-3519 V (210) 531-3514 TDD
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Message 3: Query Conferences Summer '95

Date: Fri, 20 Jan 1995 17:55:47 Query Conferences Summer '95
From: <>
Subject: Query Conferences Summer '95

I'm sorry to be posting such a dumb query, but I have left myself no
alternative. Recently I cleared my mail file of all the "junk" I
thought I didn't need. Along with this "junk" went most of the
conference information I had been saving. Now, in U.C.D., the time
has come to apply for travel grants. So I have put myself in the
situation where I have no information and only a week to submit a

I would appreciate people sending me information on any conference to
be held in Northern Europe, between the end of June and the end of
September. My research topic is Language Aquisition, but I am
interested in most theoretical syntax and related topics. I'm
limited to Northern Europe because of this college's funding
restrictions and I am limited to those dates because the grant isn't
confirmed until June. Also U.C.D. has a new policy whereby you may
only apply for a travel grant in your first postgrad year (or so I'm
told) so I don't want to pass up the oppertunity of funding.

If any one can help me with maybe just the name, dates and location of
any conference I would be truly grateful,
 thanks in advance,

P.S. The deadline I have to meet is Friday 27th January.

Bethan Daultrey, e-mail:
Dept. of Linguistics
Dublin 4,
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Message 4: Whose is that's?

Date: Fri, 20 Jan 1995 10:15:39 Whose is that's?
From: George Aaron Broadwell <>
Subject: Whose is that's?

A question for those of you interested in child language acquisition:

When I was visiting my parents last week, my 3-year old niece kept going
around the room pointing at things and saying

Whose is this's? Whose is that's?

I've puzzled over this for a while, and can't figure out what's going on
here. Is the extra genitive some strange sort of resumptive?

Does anyone have an idea about why such a sentence should occur?

George Aaron Broadwell,
Anthropology; Linguistics and Cognitive Science,
 SUNY-Albany, Albany, NY 12222 | 518-442-4711

"I really do not know that anything has ever been more exciting than
diagraming sentences" -- Gertrude Stein
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