LINGUIST List 9.1611

Sat Nov 14 1998

Qs: Cognate object construction, Language/computers

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  1. Piroska Csuri, Cognate object construction
  2. feargal murphy, Language and computers

Message 1: Cognate object construction

Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 11:38:33 -0500 (EST)
From: Piroska Csuri <>
Subject: Cognate object construction

I am posting this query on behalf of Christiane Fellbaum, Dave
Lebeaux, and myself.

Dear Everyone, 

We would like to find out what work has been done on the so-called
cognate object construction, such as:

	She slept a restful sleep.
	He laughed a hysterical laugh.
	They danced a slow, romantic dance.
Our understanding is that this construction is widespread among
langauges, as they have been observed in Chichewa, Hebrew, Arabic,
Russian, English, Icelandic, German, etc, with somewhat different
morphological/grammatical properties and varying productivity.

We are wondering what papers and/or unpublished manuscripts are
available on this topic regarding

	-straight description; 
	-morphological, syntactic and semantic properties of the
	 construction; or 
	-the relation of the cognate object construction to the
	 availability/analysis of other constructions/morphological 

We would like to cast this net wide, so we would be interested in 
information about any language, and any relevant information.

Please respond to Piroska Csuri at:

If there is interest, I will post a summary with the information

Thanks for any help, 

Piroska Csuri
4 Independence Way
NEC Research Institute
Princeton, NJ 08540
Fax: (609)951-2482
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Message 2: Language and computers

Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 15:46:09 +0000
From: feargal murphy <>
Subject: Language and computers

The Arts Faculty here in UCD is thinking of starting a degree course
combining language/literature and computer science sometime in the 
near future.

Is there anyone out involved in a similar course at the moment who
could send me details of the structure of their course? I would be
much obliged as it would help us in our adventure into a new area for
many of us here!


feargal murphy
dept. of linguistics
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4.
tel: + 353 1 706 8610
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