LINGUIST List 7.1141

Tue Aug 13 1996

Qs: Circumfixes, Case attraction, Pleasure reading list

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  1. "Paul de Lacy", Q: Circumfixes
  2. Matthias Schlesewsky, case attraction
  3. Johanna Rubba, Pleasure reading list

Message 1: Q: Circumfixes

Date: Tue, 13 Aug 1996 19:30:57 -0000
From: "Paul de Lacy" <>
Subject: Q: Circumfixes

I am interested in collecting information on CIRCUMFIXES. If you
know of any good general descriptive studies of them, or more
language-specific treatments, I would appreciate the refs. Also, if
your native language (or a language that you know) has them, could you
also let me know?

BTW, I am aware of the differing approaches to circumfixes, i.e. esp.
the claim that there are none. More specifically, I am
looking for a morpheme that is phonologically realised in more than
one place in a word. i.e. Tagalog ka+_+an. Sorry not to be more
more specific, but I'm sure you all know what I mean.

Kind Regards,

Paul de Lacy.
University of Auckland.

PS I'll post a summary on the list when I've received all relevant
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Message 2: case attraction

Date: Tue, 13 Aug 1996 12:23:26 +0200
From: Matthias Schlesewsky <>
Subject: case attraction
Dear Linguists,

Are there any languages where an accusative case can be attracted by a
dative object? The background is the observation, that in old greek a
dative or a genetive case of a relativ pronoun can be attracted by an
accusativ antecedent, as illustrated in (1)

(1) prophesied him-dat the-nom apoll-nom gods-dat, wich-dat (he-nom)
should sacrifice.
 (Appollo prohesied to him which sacrifies he should make to the
Gods.) On the other hand an accusative case can't be attracted by a
dativ antecedent.

Many thanks for your replies! I will post a summary! 

Matthias Schlesewsky

Matthias Schlesewsky
"Formal Models of Cognitive Complexity"
Project A1 "Cognitive Simplicity og Grammar"
Department of Linguistics
University of Potsdam
P.O.Box 60 15 53
D-14415 Potsdam
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Message 3: Pleasure reading list

Date: Tue, 06 Aug 1996 11:56:00 PDT
From: Johanna Rubba <>
Subject: Pleasure reading list

Hello! I'm writing to ask for recommendations for a pleasure-reading
list of books that are set in various periods over the history of
English (e.g. books set on the continent in pre-invasion times; books
set in the Old, Middle, and Early Modern English periods). I'm looking
specifically for pleasure-reading type books that have lots of detail
on daily life in those periods -- historical fiction, etc.; not
necessarily Great Literature.

Ones I'm aware of are Mary Stewart's three novels about Merlin. There
is also a novel told from Grendel's point of view**, but I don't
recall the title/author. And I recently read what turned out to be a
romance set in Germany in the times of the Roman Empire. Stuff like

**I think this one qualifies as literature.

I will post a summary of responses.

Johanna Rubba Assistant Professor, Linguistics ~
English Department, California Polytechnic State University ~
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407 ~
Tel. (805)-756-2184 E-mail: ~
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