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Query Details

Query Subject:   Help with Slavic Data
Author:   Ljuba Veselinova
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Historical Linguistics

Query:   I am doing a comparative study of negation in non-verbal and existential
sentences in Slavic languages. I have perused a number of grammars but
haven’t been able to get all the data I need. My dataset is particularly
bad for Belorus'; the datasets for Czech, Slovak, Sorbian and Cassubian are
not as bad but have big holes in them too.

I have set up wiki at http://negation.scribblewiki.com

There I list the sentences I need help with as well other issues pertinent
to some of the South Slavic languages.

Any help with this will be greatly appreciated. I will post a summary if
there is interest.

Thank you in advance for all the help.

Best wishes,
LL Issue: 19.1279
Date posted: 15-Apr-2008


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