LINGUIST List 7.576

Thu Apr 18 1996

Qs: Marked word order, S Brainard, Adjectival passive

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  1. "Ingo Plag", Marked word order
  2. Baden Hughes, Sherri Brainard
  3. James Cornish, Adjectival passive

Message 1: Marked word order

Date: Thu, 18 Apr 1996 13:25:01 +0200
From: "Ingo Plag" <plagPapin.HRZ.Uni-Marburg.DE>
Subject: Marked word order

Dear listers,

We are doing research on marked word order in English with native and
non- native speakers, using different types of data. We are currently
confronted with the problem that (not unexpectedly) there are striking
discrepancies between our subjects' acceptability judgments and their
own speech productions. Our query now is:

Are there any systematic studies of this phenomenon? Any comments,
suggestions, references are welcome. Please send your answer to

Thank you very much in advance.

Ingo Plag

Dr. Ingo Plag
Institut fuer Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Philipps-Universitaet Marburg
Wilhelm-Roepke-Str. 6 D
D-35032 Marburg

Tel: 06421-285560
Fax: 06421-287020
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Message 2: Sherri Brainard

Date: Thu, 18 Apr 1996 16:31:55 +1000
From: Baden Hughes <>
Subject: Sherri Brainard

Does anyone know where Sherri Brainard is (e-mail, s-mail address) ?
She completed a Ph.D at U. Oregon in 1994, and was attached to SIL
Phillipines branch. Any info as to how to get in contact with her
would be appreciated.

Please send replies direclty to me.


Baden Hughes

Snail Mail : LPO Box A211 ANU Canberra 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
Phone : (+61) 06 247-2762
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Message 3: Adjectival passive

Date: Mon, 01 Apr 1996 10:19:24 PST
From: James Cornish <>
Subject: Adjectival passive
I'm doing a study on Adjectival Passive use over the last hundred years 
in the United States. In Levin and Rappaport's article "The Formation of 
Adjectival Passives," (Linguistic Inquiry 17:4, Fall '86, p623+) they 
argue that certain spray/load type verbs "have adjectival passives in 
which only the location argument may be external."

a. The pillow remained stuffed 
	(we stuffed the pillow with feathers)
b. *The feathers remained stuffed.
	(We stuffed feathers into the pillow)
c. The freezer remained crammed.
	(We crammed the freezer with food)
d. *The food remained crammed.
	(We crammed food into the freezer)
e. The baby remained snugly wrapped.
	(He wrapped the baby in the blanket)
f. *The blanket remained snugly wrapped.
	(He wrapped the blanket around the baby)

My problem is that my idiolect says 'b,' 'd,' and 'f' are grammatical. 
Is my dialect getting in the way here?
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