LINGUIST List 7.1374

Sat Oct 5 1996

Qs: Ethno list, Slavic and hist ling, PP focalizing

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  1. "John Wheatley", Ethno list
  2. obaumannstud.uni-frankfurt.de, Slavic and hist ling
  3. cpeustgwdg.de, Qs: PP focalizing

Message 1: Ethno list

Date: Wed, 02 Oct 1996 12:46:30 GMT
From: "John Wheatley" <john.wheatleyluton.ac.uk>
Subject: Ethno list
Advice on signing up to the ethno list and org comm lists sought.
Thanks in advance.

JSW
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Message 2: Slavic and hist ling

Date: Wed, 02 Oct 1996 03:50:38 +0200
From: obaumannstud.uni-frankfurt.de <obaumannstud.uni-frankfurt.de>
Subject: Slavic and hist ling
Dear Subscribers!

I'm working on language change in slavic languages.
Therefore I want to know the addresses of other
linguistic servers which are dealing with these topics,
especially "historical or diachronic linguistics" and
"slavic linguistics".

Thanks in advance
Oliver
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Message 3: Qs: PP focalizing

Date: Wed, 02 Oct 1996 19:24:31 -0000
From: cpeustgwdg.de <cpeustgwdg.de>
Subject: Qs: PP focalizing
Dear Linguists,

(Middle) Egyptian is a VSO-language which has a special way of 
focalizing prepositional phrases: Transforming the verbal predicate 
into a specific form which can be called nominal.
jnj-j-st n-k (not focalized)
bring-I-it to-you = "I bring it to you"

jnn-j-st n-k (focalized)
bring(NOM)-I-it to-you = *"That I bring it, (is) to you" 
 = "It is to you that I bring it"

Note that word order remains unchanged.
This strategy is, however, restricted to focalizing adverb-like 
structures (including subordinate clauses). It is impossible to 
use it for focalizing objects, subjects etc. To do this, the focussed 
element has to undergo a leftward movement:
jn jw3 jnn-j n-k
(PART.) cow bring(NOM)-I to-you "It is a cow which I bring you"

I am looking for typological parallels of languages which have a 
specific morphological or syntactical means for focalizing a PP.
Any help will be greatly appreciated. I will put a summary on the 
list.



Carsten Peust
Seminar of Egyptology and Coptology
Goettingen
cpeustgwdg.de
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