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Query Details

Query Subject:   Adjective Plus for/of Construction
Author:   Fred Cummins
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonology
Subject Language(s):  Ati
Greek, Modern
Persian, Iranian

Query:   Mon, 29 Mar 1999 10:55:13 +0200
Fred Cummins

In English (at least in Ireland and I think America) kids who hurt themselves say /aU/. As I recall, in Germany it was /'aU.wa/. My 3-year old tells me the Swiss-Italian kids
in playschool say /'ai.ja/. Clearly there is no universal (though it would hardly be surprising if initial stress/accent on bisyllabic forms were universal). Can you provide me with more regional variants? Is there dialectal variation within a language?

If responses warrant, I'll summarize.


Fred Cummins, IDSIA, Corso Elvezia 36, CH-6900 Lugano, Switzerland
Web: www.idsia.ch/~fred
email: fred at idsia.ch (replace ' at ' with '@')
LL Issue: 10.461
Date posted: 29-Mar-1999


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