LINGUIST List 7.1182

Sat Aug 24 1996

Qs: Preparing papers, Graduate programs, Complementizers

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  1. Teresa A. Ehling, Preparing papers
  2. Elizabeth Lynn, Seek help identifying graduate programs
  3. Guy Deutscher, Qs: Complementizers from 'like/be like'

Message 1: Preparing papers

Date: Sat, 24 Aug 1996 21:07:26 CDT
From: Teresa A. Ehling <>
Subject: Preparing papers

The MIT Press, in an effort to streamline its production, and
ultimately its on-line delivery of our journal, Linguistic Inquiry,
would like to ask the readership of the LINGUIST list the following
specific questions about how they prepare papers for submission to the
scholarly journals in the field:

* Assuming you use a computer to write and prepare your mss.,
which platform do you use (Mac, PC, Unix, etc.)?

* What word processing program do you use?

* What program(s) or fonts do you employ for drawing your trees,
metrical grids, OT tableaux, etc. (e.g., do you use the graphics
module of your word processor, LaTeX, Arboreal, Expressionist, etc.)

Please respond directly to me. I would be happy to post a summary,
if there is sufficient interest.

On behalf of Jay Keyser and Anne Mark for Linguistic Inquiry,

Teresa A. Ehling The MIT Press 55 Hayward Street
Vox: (617) 253-1672 Cambridge, MA 02142-1399
Fax: (617) 258-6779
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Message 2: Seek help identifying graduate programs

Date: Mon, 19 Aug 1996 22:35:44 EDT
From: Elizabeth Lynn <>
Subject: Seek help identifying graduate programs

Does anyone know of research being done on written language --
specifically, how narrative structure and stylistic choices (drafts or
finished products) reflect logical abilities, possible learning
disabilities, and/or personality? I've done some writing and editing
and feel I've obtained anecdotal evidence of individual differences in
these areas.

I'm also interested in any work being done on the process of writing, or
of word choice in speech. This is something that many authors comment on
themselves (for example, Virginia Woolf once wrote that writing feels
like a wave breaking on the shore, and leaving words behind it.) I know
that many linguists focus on how grammatical knowledge is developed and
used. Does anyone research how words "come to the surface," less
metaphorically than Woolf?

I would appreciate any advice on graduate programs which focus on these
areas, or on any alternative fields of study which might go in this
direction. Thank you very much!!!
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Message 3: Qs: Complementizers from 'like/be like'

Date: Fri, 23 Aug 1996 12:25:19 BST
From: Guy Deutscher <>
Subject: Qs: Complementizers from 'like/be like'
Dear Linguists,

In many languages, complementizers derive historically from
demonstratives, or from a verb meaning 'say'. It seems, however, that
in some languages complementizers develop from either verbs meaning
'be like', or prepositions such as 'like' or 'as'. This seems to be
the case e.g. in Twi (see Carol Lord: Historical change in serial verb
constructions (1993)) and in Akkadian. I would like to find out in
what other languages complementizers (or even other subordinators)
either synchronically resemble prepositions or verbs such as like/be
like, or can be assumed to have derived from them diachronically. Any
references or information will be much appreciated.

Guy Deutscher.
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