LINGUIST List 8.933

Thu Jun 26 1997

Disc: Punctuation

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Directory

  1. Jules F. Levin, Re: 8.836, galore?
  2. Susan Ervin-Tripp, Re: 8.859, Disc: Punctuation
  3. Caroline Ann Leathem, punctuation

Message 1: Re: 8.836, galore?

Date: Wed, 12 Mar 1997 10:34:51 -0800
From: Jules F. Levin <amelieucr.campus.mci.net>
Subject: Re: 8.836, galore?

I just read, belatedly, Alan Harris's communication re
punctuation. What struck me was not the inappropriate "'", but the
word 'galore'. What the heck is that? Is it an obligatorily
post-posed adjective? Is it unique in English? It can't be a matter
of idiomatic phrases, since it seems to me it can be added to noun
plural or mass noun: Come out to our ranch, we've got horses galore,
cattle galore, sheep galore, etc.

Jules Levin
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Message 2: Re: 8.859, Disc: Punctuation

Date: Sun, 15 Jun 1997 22:28:10 -0800
From: Susan Ervin-Tripp <ervin-trCOGSCI.Berkeley.EDU>
Subject: Re: 8.859, Disc: Punctuation


>There have been several postings recently decrying the use of
>apostrophe-s to make an English plural form, e.g. "dyslexic's",
>"sonata's".

Well to me it looks like a possessive rather than a plural, so it
would be misleading if used to mean a plural.

As far as I know, on nouns apostrophes only mean plurals except for a
few odd cases where there is some problem in separating symbols, these
aren't those cases since they are just ordinary words, i.e.
anglicized borrowings long since integrated into English.

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Message 3: punctuation

Date: Wed, 18 Jun 1997 12:51:56 +0100 (BST)
From: Caroline Ann Leathem <cleathemling.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: punctuation


Have just come across your mailing on the 12 May re: punctuation.

There is an email punctuation discussion group. 
The subscription address is (as far as I can remember):

		punct-lmilwaukee.tec.wi.us


Hope that this is of some use.

Caroline


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~	MSc. in Speech and Language Processing	~
~	Edinburgh University			~
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~	email: cleathemling.ed.ac.uk		~
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