LINGUIST List 8.876

Sun Jun 15 1997

Qs: Macro-Siouan,Clausal modifier,Lg change

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  1. KIM DAMMERS, Macro-Siouan
  2. Uchida Kazami, Noun's restriction on its clausal modifier in English
  3. Takeshi Sakurai, Grammar inducing language change(s) -- any books/art icles?

Message 1: Macro-Siouan

Date: Mon, 02 Jun 1997 03:37:14 PDT
From: KIM DAMMERS <kdammershotmail.com>
Subject: Macro-Siouan

Hello,
 I have just joined linguistics. I am interested in Macro-Siouan, 
especially Chiwere and proto-Siouan. I would be interested exchanging 
information with any-one else working in this area. 
 KIM DAMMERS, Institute for Ethnology, University of Goettingen, 
Germany. (Mailing address: Gutenbergstra_e 18, Nr. 2, 37075 Gvttingen, 
Germany) kdammershotmail.com

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Message 2: Noun's restriction on its clausal modifier in English

Date: Mon, 09 Jun 1997 15:22:00 +0900
From: Uchida Kazami <kuchidanova.co.jp>
Subject: Noun's restriction on its clausal modifier in English


My colleague from New Zealand pointed out that (1) sounds much more
natural than (2) while (2) is also grammatically acceptable. Can
anybody provide a formal account of why (1) sounds more natural than
(2)? Please respond directly to me at kuchidanova.co.jp. I will post
a summary if appropriate. Thank you.

(1) This is the first time that I have sent a message to the mailing list.

(2) This is my first time to send a message to the mailing list.

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	Kaz Uchida NOVA, Inc.
	Email: kuchidanova.co.jp
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Message 3: Grammar inducing language change(s) -- any books/art icles?

Date: Mon, 9 Jun 97 15:17:36 UT
From: Takeshi Sakurai <Sakuraitakeshimsn.com>
Subject: Grammar inducing language change(s) -- any books/art icles?


Dear Subscribers!

I am currently working on a dissertation on language contact as a
factor inductive of grammatical changes in medieval Europe. My
particular interest lies in the interference of (Greek-)Latin grammar
with the evolution of Romance languages.

My working hypothesis is that the grammar of a specific language can
impose itself as a mandatory framework upon grammars of following
generation(s). Currently, I am checking the validity of the hypothesis
by examining the adequacy of grammatical notions/categories in Latin
whi ch were directly introduced to the Romance languages of the early
Middle Ages. Some abrupt structural changes in these languages have
led me to susp ect that most of the Grammatical notions/categories of
contemporary Roman ce languages have been formed to match the
(Greek-)Latin model, or that at least the formations have not always
been self-inductive.

I should appreciate it if anyone could recommend any articles/books on
this subject. I would be happy to forward your replies to any other
inquirer, as well as put the summaries of them on the list. Of course
comments upon my research are always welcome.

Many thanks for any help.

Takeshi SAKURAI, Graduate Student
Research Center for Language and Information Sciences
University of Tokyo at Komaba
e-mail: Sakuraitakeshimsn.com
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