LINGUIST List 9.534

Mon Apr 6 1998

Qs: Bound Pronouns, Need Participants (2 messages)

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  1. Lukasz Pielasa, Dialectal bound pronouns
  2. Aaron Drews, Participants--2nd dialect phonology
  3. MAKI, Need Japanese Learners

Message 1: Dialectal bound pronouns

Date: Sun, 05 Apr 1998 23:07:37 +0200
From: Lukasz Pielasa <>
Subject: Dialectal bound pronouns

Could someone point me to literature - or reply from their own
experience - about the bound pronouns with reflexive meaning as in 

I bought me a book. (= I bought myself a book)
She baked her a cake. (= ...herself...)

I am especially interested in
 a) suggestions as to WHY should this be possible (my theory is that
maybe economy strikes again and bound pronouns are simply a device to
use instead of anaphors) and to check if my guess has any foothold in
the facts,
 b) are anaphors used at all (and if they are, how) in dialects allowing
for this use of bound pronouns, and finally
 c) historically, is there any change in how widespread this phenomenon
is - that is is it gaining or losing ground in the language?

Any (and I mean it) help will be appreciated.

TIA, Lluke
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Message 2: Participants--2nd dialect phonology

Date: Mon, 6 Apr 1998 18:34:00 +0100 (BST)
From: Aaron Drews <>
Subject: Participants--2nd dialect phonology

Dear Linguists (et al),

I am searching for participants so that I can have data to complete my
thesis. I was hoping some of you might know somebody who fit my
criteria. I am looking at the acquisition of the phonology of a second
dialect, and I'm using the 'Mid-Atlantic' dialect as my main data
source. I'm looking for children because their phonologies are the
ones most likely to change.

Criteria for the _ideal_ candidate:

- Parents are native speakers of RP or Scottish Standard English (SSE).
- Children born in Britain and lived there long enough to acquire a first 
 dialect (i.e., the first five or six years or so).
- Children able to read (again, at least five or six years).
- Whole family now living in north America and children are enrolled in 
 local schools (i.e. exposed to the American 'language of the playground').
- British family is in north America indefinitely.
- No upper age limit for children, so long as they have met the lower age 
- Family living in CA, AZ, or NV.

Acceptable criteria (since ideal is mostly a dream):
- Parents: Preferably one speaker of a British variety.
- Age: If the children speak 'mid-Atlantic' or are bi-dialectal, I'm 
 not too bothered about age of arrival.
- Length of residence: has been in north America for at least six 
 months, prefarably a year. Will remain in north America for more than 
 a year, preferably at least three years.
- Location of residence: I'd also be willing to work with the 
 Chicago/Milwaukee, NYC, Ottawa, and Washington DC areas, but only 
 if I have three or four families lined up (student budgets don't allow 
 for much travel on the scale of North American geography). I can work in 
 other regions, but again, only if I have several families willing to 

If you or any of your collegues, friends, acquaintances fit these
criteria, can you please e-mail me, or pass this message along. If
you know of any newsletters where this appeal might be appropriate,
could you please send me the contact address. I have tried contacting
several British organisations by snail mail and haven't had the best
of luck.

I'm hoping to be in the US this summer, but I have no exact plans, so
if the people contacting me can also include which dates are not
available, appropriate arrangements can be made.

Additionally, if you know of any north Americans meeting similar
criteria here in Scotland, I'd appreciate any help contacting them.

The best way to reach me is by e-mail, but I can be reached by more
traditional means at the University of Edinburgh, Department of
English Language, George Sqaure, David Hume Tower, Edinburgh EH9 9JQ.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Aaron E. Drews

Aaron E. Drews
Departments of English Language		 	 +44 (0)131 650-3485
and Linguistics

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Message 3: Need Japanese Learners

Date: Mon, 06 Apr 1998 13:21:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Need Japanese Learners

	This is Hideki Maki of Salem-Teikyo University. The
Department of Japanese Studies is looking for instructors/researchers
who are teaching Japanese to native speakers of Korean, Chinese,
German, French, Spanish, and Russian.
	Kobayashi et al. (1996) invented the Simple
Performance-Oriented Test (SPOT) to measure one's Japanese proficiency
in 5 minutes. We also made our version of SPOT and confirmed its
validity for native speakers of English learning Japanese.
	The purpose of this project is to investigate the validity of
SPOT for non-native speakers of English and to test hypotheses about
acquisition of Japanese as a foreign language. Whatever results will
contribute to the field of Japanese pedagogy. We need Japanese
learners who have already studied the language for 300 hours.
	If you are interested, please let us know.

Best regards,

Hideki Maki

Department of Japanese Studies
Salem-Teikyo University
Salem, WV 26426-0500 U.S.A.

Tel: 304-782-5587
Fax: 304-782-5543
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