LINGUIST List 8.296

Fri Feb 28 1997

Qs: Lg Policy, Adverbs, "Co-"

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  1. BETINA CASTANO, European Community Language Policy
  2. hiro-t, _completely_ dead?
  3. mluisa.marti, The Prefix "co-" in English and in Spanish

Message 1: European Community Language Policy

Date: Wed, 26 Feb 97 14:30:28 EDT
Subject: European Community Language Policy

I would appreciate if somebody could send me information on the European
Community Language Policy. Thank you.

Betina A. Castano
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Message 2: _completely_ dead?

Date: Fri, 28 Feb 97 12:29:46 JST
From: hiro-t <>
Subject: _completely_ dead?

Dear colleagues,
 I am ivesting the collocational possibilities of "degree adverbs +
adjectives/verbs." Please help me with acceptablity judgement tests.
Thanks a lot in advance. The problem is: can a man be _completely_ 
dead in what sense? Please put OK, ? or * in each slot. I will post a 

 (1) a. ( )The victim is completely dead.
 b. ( )The victim is perfectly dead.
 c. ( )The victim is totally dead.
 d. ( )The victim is utterly dead.
 e. ( )The victim is entirely dead.
 f. ( )The victim is absolutely dead.
 g. ( )The victim is very dead.
 h. ( )The victim is quite dead.

 (2) a. ( )The victim is completely alive.
 b. ( )The victim is almost alive.
 c. ( )The victim is perfectly alive.
 d. ( )The victim is surprisingly alive.
 e. ( )The victim is very much alive.

 (3) a. ( )The issue is completely dead now.
 b. ( )The issue is almost dead now.
 c. ( )The issue is very dead now.

 (4) a. ( )The door is completely open.
 b. ( )The door is totally open.
 c. ( )The door is quite open.
 d. ( )The door is very open.

 (5) a. ( )The door is completely shut/closed.
 b. ( )The door is totally shut/closed.
(J c. ( )The door is quite shut/closed.
 d. ( )The door is very shut/closed. 
(In (5a-d), please make comments on the difference between adverbs 
+ _shut_ and _closed_, if any.)

 (6) a. ( )He wrote the letter completely.
 b. ( )He wrote the letter perfectly.
 c. ( )He completely wrote the letter.
 d. ( )He has written the letter completely.
 e. ( )He has completely written the letter.
 f. ( )He is writing the letter completely.
 g. ( )He is completely writing the letter.

 (7) a. ( )The victim is dying completely.
 b. ( )The victim dies completely.
 c. ( )The victim died completely.
 d. ( )The victim has died completely.
 e. ( )The victim is completely dying.
 f. ( )The victim completely dies.
 g. ( )The victim completely died.
 h. ( )The victim has completely died.

 (8) a. His nose was almost completelyu blocked ( )by/( )with 
 caked blood.
 b. And then opening at the top of the hole was completely covered 
 ( )by/( )with this fat form darkening everything so that it was
 no longer possible to see.
Best Wishes,

Hiroaki Tanaka

Associate Professor,
1-1, Minamijousanjima-cho, Tokushima, 770, Japan
Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences,
Tokushima University, Japan
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Message 3: The Prefix "co-" in English and in Spanish

Date: Fri, 28 Feb 1997 14:48:31 GMT
From: mluisa.marti <>
Subject: The Prefix "co-" in English and in Spanish

Dear colleagues,
	I would be very interested in getting all the bibliographical
information you may have concerning the prfic "co-" in English and in
Spanish, or even in any other language that has it.
	Thank you very much for your cooperation.
	Isabel Nieto Herranz.
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