LINGUIST List 7.1383

Sun Oct 6 1996

Qs: Cognitive science intro book, Sample English sentences

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  1., Looking for cognitive science intro book
  2. Susan Ervin-Tripp, query re sample English sentences

Message 1: Looking for cognitive science intro book

Date: Fri, 04 Oct 1996 21:11:42 EDT
From: <>
Subject: Looking for cognitive science intro book
Dear Linguist List,
I have the opportunity to teach an introductory
cognitive science course for our continuing studies
program. (keywords: introductory, continuing studies.
Did I say undergraduate?) I've called the
course "Language and Mind" so it can have a strong
language bias, but I will also try to put the language
questions in a more general context.

I have found more than a few books in our library and
I've seen some syllabi on homepages, but of course none
of that comes with the valuable voice of experience
that I'm hoping those who have attempted such a course
before me will be willing to share. I suppose also
that there is a cognitive science discussion group.
If there is a FAQ on this, I'd be grateful to know
how to get it.

Thank you in advance. (I will summarize for the list
as is usual.)

Barbara Zurer Pearson
University of Miami
Bilingualism Study Group
Psychology Annex, Rm 221
Coral Gables, FL 33124 USA
305-284-1760/fax: 305-284-4795
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Message 2: query re sample English sentences

Date: Thu, 03 Oct 1996 20:47:49 PDT
From: Susan Ervin-Tripp <>
Subject: query re sample English sentences
The following two sentences were heard in normal American English discourse,
 and strike me as a native speaker as well-formed by standards of everyday
situated usage.

What I would like to know, from readers using a variety of types of syntactic
analysis, is what analysis comfortably explains them.

The first example was in fact actually "rejected" twice by a grant review
committee, presumably by linguists, as impossible because it is ungrammatical.
It is, however, a pattern quite common in everyday American speech.

1. What time is it, because I have an appointment.

2. It seems to me, what are they going to cut? (Laura Tyson re tax proposals)

Susan M. Ervin-Tripp tel (510) 642-7137
Psychology Department FAX (510) 642-5293
University of California
Berkeley CA 94720
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