LINGUIST List 8.546

Sat Apr 19 1997

Qs: Spanish locative, Hi-Tech terms, Mayan

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  1. mluisa.marti, Query on the Locative Alternation in Spanish
  2. Bruce Fraser, Hi-Tech Terms
  3. Elischa Ben-Ezra, Request for information about Maya-yocatan language

Message 1: Query on the Locative Alternation in Spanish

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 16:57:29 +0100 (WET-DST)
From: mluisa.marti <mluisa.martiuam.es>
Subject: Query on the Locative Alternation in Spanish

I am currently working on the locative alternation (the familiar type
found with verbs like "spray"/"load", "clear", etc) as it is realized
in Spanish, together with other two colleagues. What I would like to
ask you all is whether you know of any bibliography about the
alternation in Spanish (we already have a lot about it in English, and
we know where to get more on other languages); also, I would like to
have native speakers of Spanish judge the following examples:

(1)	a. Cargu=E9 las botellas en el cami=F3n
	b. Cargu=E9 botellas en el cami=F3n
	c. Cargu=E9 el cami=F3n con botellas
	d. Cargu=E9 el cami=F3n de botellas

As far as we know, the difference between (1a/b) and (1c/d) is an
aspectual one, in terms of the classic holistic/partitive
distinction. However, we do think that there are differences, semantic
differences that is, between (1c) and (1d). What do you think these
might be? What do you think is the effect of the prepositions "con"
and "de"? Here are other examples which you may want to compare with
the ones in (1):

(2)	a. Limpi=E9 la mesa de migas
	b. Limpi=E9 la mesa de las migas
	c. Limpi=E9 las migas de la mesa
	d. Limpi=E9 migas de la mesa

(3)	a. Pint=E9 la pared con garabatos
	b. Pint=E9 la pared de garabatos
	c. Pint=E9 garabatos en la pared
	d. Pint=E9 los garabatos en la pared

Also, what do you think about the contrasts in (4)?

(4)	a. Cargu=E9 el cami=F3n *de/con las botellas
	b. Pint=E9 la pared *de/con los garabatos

That is, on the desired interpretation, we think that the variants
with "de" are not possible. 
Thank you very much for your collaboration.
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Message 2: Hi-Tech Terms

Date: Fri, 18 Apr 1997 09:11:53 -0400
From: Bruce Fraser <bfraserbu.edu>
Subject: Hi-Tech Terms

I have a student who is doing an article on the infiltration of
hi-tech terms into everyday conversation. Would anyone who know of
resources for this, articles, or the like please send them to

	evankbu.edu

Thanks very much

Bruce
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Message 3: Request for information about Maya-yocatan language

Date: Fri, 18 Apr 1997 23:14:42 +0200
From: Elischa Ben-Ezra <uzs5keibm.rhrz.uni-bonn.de>
Subject: Request for information about Maya-yocatan language

Dear linguists!

I would be much obliged if someone could give me information about or
recommendation on a good grammer book which deals with Maya-Yocatan
language. 
with best regards

Elisha Ben-Esra. 
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