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Query Subject:   Acceptability of prepositions on, in and auf, in
Author:   Arnoud Thuss
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Subject Language(s):  English

Query:   For my Phd thesis on language attrition I am looking for example phrases in which the acceptability of the preposition is questionable. For example, "Ajax scored 17 points on a year", which some English speakers would accept ("on" being used in a rather statistical sense) and others would reject ("in" being a more obvious choice). One of my theses is that emigrants, who live in an L2 environment, tend to find questionable sentences with "in" and "on" less acceptable than the control group in an L1 environment. I also want to investigate this with German "auf" and "in". Does anybody know where I can find example sentences?
LL Issue: 8.1471
Date posted: 12-Oct-1997


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