LINGUIST List 7.1057

Sun Jul 21 1996

Qs: Parts of speech, Feature geometry, Vernaculars

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  1. "PXX06625niftyse", the theory of parts of speech
  2., Q: feature geometry
  3. caroline nachman, 'la haine' and contemporary vernaculars

Message 1: the theory of parts of speech

Date: Fri, 19 Jul 1996 22:28:00 +0900
From: "PXX06625niftyse" <>
Subject: the theory of parts of speech

I am interested in the theory of parts of speech, particularly in the
FULL vs. EMPTY distinction. Would you, please, help me by providing a
few more recent bibliographical references? Also, with finding a
publication I have been unable to get hold of:

GERNET, J. 1957. L$B%f(Bexpression de la couleur en
chinois. Problemes de la couleur, Paris: S.E.V.P.E.N. [Jacques Gernet?
Journal or book? What is S.E.V.P . E.N.?]

Thanks in advance. CSERESNYESI, Laszlo Shikoku Gakuin Univ.,Japan
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Message 2: Q: feature geometry

Date: Sat, 20 Jul 1996 09:52:37 BST
From: <>
Subject: Q: feature geometry

I am looking for varieties of feature geometry that have one of the
following two configurations under the vocalic node:

(a) vocalic
 / \
		 aperture V-place
 / \
			 labial [?]
 / \ \
 coronal dorsal etc

(b) vocalic
 / | \
 aperture labial [?]
 / \ \
 coronal dorsal etc

In other words, I am looking for a model in which labial and
non-labial place features are grouped into two separate branches
(aperture features excluded), so that the non-labial features may
spread as a bundle. An arrangement as such seems natural from a
physiological point of view, and would help to explain certain
developments I am looking at in Chinese.

					Chris Li
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Message 3: 'la haine' and contemporary vernaculars

Date: Thu, 18 Jul 1996 13:22:00 CDT
From: caroline nachman <>
Subject: 'la haine' and contemporary vernaculars

hello all --

 in the recent french film _la haine_ (the hate, by matthieu
kassovitz), most of the dialogue is spoken in what the french call
verlan (or something approx. like that). it originated in the poorer,
rougher suburbs of paris and other french cities. one basic principle
is that words are inverted, so that the french word _bizarre_ is
spoken _zarbi_. i don't know if it is also a written language. what
kind of classification does verlan have, if there have indeed been any
studies on it/ or attempts to record and document the vocabulary?


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