LINGUIST List 8.542

Fri Apr 18 1997

Qs: Article, Metaphor, Syntax measure

Editor for this issue: T. Daniel Seely <>

We'd like to remind readers that the responses to queries are usually best posted to the individual asking the question. That individual is then strongly encouraged to post a summary to the list. This policy was instituted to help control the huge volume of mail on LINGUIST; so we would appreciate your cooperating with it whenever it seems appropriate.


  1. Pia Kohlmyr, ESL errors
  2. Bush, Dean, Ontological metaphor...
  3. Christine Raschka, syntactic proficiency measure for SLA data

Message 1: ESL errors

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 11:43:49 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Pia Kohlmyr <>
Subject: ESL errors

I'm working on a PhD on Swedish learners' errors in English compositions
and I'm trying to find an article by J. Hendrickson (1979) "Systematic
Correlation and Analysis of Composition Errors" in Hendrickson , 1979 pp
25-43. It seems this article is part of a collection of papers edited (?)
by Hendrickson called "Error Analysis and Correction in Language Teaching"
in Seameo Regional Language Centre Occasional Papers # 10, 1979
(Singapore). I've tried our library but they just can't help me. Is there
anyone out there who knows about this article and perhaps where I could get
hold of a copy? Please e-mail me directly on

Thanks in advance...

Pia Kohlmyr

Mrs Pia Kohlmyr (PhD student) Phone: Int +46 (0)31 773 17 67
Gothenburg University E-mail:
Department of English Fax: Int +46 (0)31 773 47 26
S-412 98 Gothenburg
Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue

Message 2: Ontological metaphor...

Date: Fri, 18 Apr 1997 09:57:39 -0500
From: Bush, Dean <>
Subject: Ontological metaphor...

 I'm hoping someone can clarify the concept of ontological metaphor. 
After reading Chapter 6 in METAPHORS WE LIVE BY, Lakoff and Johnson, I
don't feel confident in identifying such metaphor in discourse. Two
examples they give are: (1) He went to New York to SEEK FAME AND FORTUNE.
(2) INFLATION IS LOWERING our quality of living. I would guess and say
that these are ontological metaphors based on the idea that "fame and
fortune" and "inflation" don't have definite boundaries as physical
entities; hence, they are classified as ontological metaphors. Is my guess
 I would greatly appreciate your comments.
Dean Bush,
Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue

Message 3: syntactic proficiency measure for SLA data

Date: Fri, 18 Apr 1997 16:13:25 GMT0BST
From: Christine Raschka <>
Subject: syntactic proficiency measure for SLA data

I am currently transcribing a large corpus of naturally occurring
conversational English second language data by Chinese/ English
bilingual adults. We are aiming to carry out an analysis of salient linguistic
features at lexico-semantic and morpho-syntactic levels which would
allow comparisons between individual speakers and speaker groups.
Could anybody recommend a manageable (standardised) syntactic
proficiency measure that can be used to analyse such data?

Many thanks in advance,

Christine Raschka

Department of Speech,
University of Newcastle upon Tyne,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue