LINGUIST List 7.1267

Thu Sep 12 1996

Qs: Passive expletive, Text corpora, Gay/lesbian data

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  1. Youngjun Jang, Passive Expletive Constructions
  2., Free text corpora
  3. Motohashi Rieko, gay/lesbian data search

Message 1: Passive Expletive Constructions

Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 09:30:42 EDT
From: Youngjun Jang <>
Subject: Passive Expletive Constructions
Dear linguists,
I am collecting data about passive expletive constructions like (1) in
languages other than English/Icelandic/Scandinavian.

(1) a. *There has a book been put on the table.
 b. There has been a book put on the table.
 c. *There has been put a book on the table.

Is there anyone who knows some languages which behaves exactly like
English? If there is enough response, I will post the summary on the list.

Youngjun Jang

Dept of Linguistics
Harvard University
77 Dunster Str.
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Message 2: Free text corpora

Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 16:53:00 MDT
From: <>
Subject: Free text corpora
	 Dear Linguists,
	 I put the following request to you on behalf of Dr. Teubert,
	 Institut fuer deutsche Sprache, Mannheim:
	 For research purposes we would need access to text corpora
	 of present day American English (e.g., ACL/DCI, Penn Tree-
	 bank or other). We know of the online service of LDC but
	 since we only need it for a very limited period of time it
	 would be useful to learn if anyone knows of sources that are
	 freely available, or can give us access to them. We are gra-
	 teful for any suggestions and help that you can give on this
	 Thank you very much for your assistance.
	 Best regards
	 Susanne Lenz
	 Susanne Lenz				 Tel:+621/1581-415
	 Institut fuer deutsche Sprache	 Fax:+621/1581-415
	 R 5, 6-13
	 D-68161 Mannheim	 email:lenz
	 Information on the Institute:
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Message 3: gay/lesbian data search

Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 14:01:44 PDT
From: Motohashi Rieko <>
Subject: gay/lesbian data search

I'm beginning work on my diss. and am looking for any natural spoken
data from gay and/or lesbian speakers. Ideally I would like
conversations involving gay and lesbian couples, but settle for
whatever is available. Can you help me with this?

Susan Frenck
Department of Linguistics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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