LINGUIST List 8.1033

Fri Jul 11 1997

Qs: "self", Morphology, Hist of Eng

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  1. elisa vazquez iglesias, Translations of "self"
  2. Johanna Rubba, Query: discontinuous morphology
  3. zupnik yael, q: History of English

Message 1: Translations of "self"

Date: Mon, 7 Jul 1997 11:59:06 +0200 (MET DST)
From: elisa vazquez iglesias <>
Subject: Translations of "self"

Dear listers,

I would appreciate it if you could provide me with translations of the
following data (taken from Reinhart&Reuland, 1993) in as many
languages as possible.

(1) a. There were five tourists in the room apart from myself.
 b. Physicists like yourself are a godsend.
 c. Max boasted that the queen invited Lucie and himself for a 

(2) a. *Five tourists talked to myself.
 b. *A famous physicist has just looked for yourself.
 c. *Max boasted that the queen invited himself for a drink.

I would like to know:

(i) if the language in question displays this contrast in
grammaticality between (1) and (2)

(ii) what "self" forms that language has and what their distribution

(iii) if other data relevant to the distinction between "self" forms
in adjunct positions and those in argument positions.

Thank you very much in advance.

		Elisa Vazquez Iglesias
		Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
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Message 2: Query: discontinuous morphology

Date: Mon, 7 Jul 1997 14:55:49 -0700 (PDT)
From: Johanna Rubba <>
Subject: Query: discontinuous morphology

I am preparing an article for a forthcoming typology handbook on
'introflection', a.k.a. 'discontinuous' or 'nonconcatenative'
morphology. I have a few questions that I am researching via
databases, but would appreciate any tips that would shorten my search
time while helping me achieve good coverage for a handbook of this
type. The questions are:

(a) Is very thoroughgoing discontinuous morphology** found in language
families _other_ than the Semitic? If so, which languages/families?

(b) Among currently living Semitic languages/dialects, which use
discontinuous morphology in the verb and/or noun-pluralization systems
most productively, and which use it least productively?

(c) Is anyone in Optimality Theory (and/or other recent 'hot'
morphological theories) working on discontinuous morphology in Semitic
or other language families? [I have been out of this loop since
finishing my dissertation, on Modern Aramaic, in 1993]

** By this I don't mean the occasional construction in which
noncontiguous morphs recur with similar meanings, but rather whole (or
nearly whole) systems which employ discontinous morphemes/morphemes
consisting of noncontiguous morphs/phonemes.

If there is interest, I will post a summary to the list. In any case,
I will acknowledge helpful sources in my article.


Johanna Rubba	Assistant Professor, Linguistics ~
English Department, California Polytechnic State University ~
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407 ~
Tel. (805)-756-2184 E-mail: ~
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Message 3: q: History of English

Date: Tue, 8 Jul 1997 12:15:32 +0300 (IDT)
From: zupnik yael <>
Subject: q: History of English

Dear List,

I'm interested in advice on teaching a course on the history of
English to undergraduate Eng Lit majors with no linguistics
background, aside from some phonetics.

Any suggestions for course organization and appropriate readings
(preferably with exercises) would be greatly appreciated.So far I've
looked mostly at Baugh and Cable '93, Quirk and Wrenn '94 on OE, and
Jespersen, of course.

I'll post a summary to the list.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Yael-Janette Zupnik
Tel-Aviv University
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