LINGUIST List 11.1682

Thu Aug 3 2000

Qs: 2nd Lang & Lang Learning,Syntax of Comparatives

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  1. Mike O'Connell, The Effect of a Second Lang on Learning Another Lang
  2. Lucia Grimaldi, The Syntax of Comparative Constructions

Message 1: The Effect of a Second Lang on Learning Another Lang

Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2000 15:09:51 -0600 (MDT)
From: Mike O'Connell <Michael.OconnellColorado.EDU>
Subject: The Effect of a Second Lang on Learning Another Lang


Does anyone know of second language acquisition studies addressing
the question raised by the research design described below ?

two between-subjects group:
 1) English-1st language, Spanish 2nd language...trying to learn Italian
 2) English-1st language, Italian 2nd language...trying to learn Spanish
 3) English-1st language, no second language...trying to learn Italian
 4) English-1st language, no second language...trying to learn Spanish
 
 Is the 2nd language a help or a hindrance to learning another language ?!

If you know of any relevant work, please send your replies to

 Ari Greenberg 
 agreenbepsych.colorado.edu

If there is sufficient interest, I will ask him to post a summary.

Regards,
 Mike O'Connell
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Message 2: The Syntax of Comparative Constructions

Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2000 15:33:23 +0200 (MEST)
From: Lucia Grimaldi <lucia.grimaldigmx.de>
Subject: The Syntax of Comparative Constructions

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

I am looking for recent works on the syntax of comparative constructions
(especially for Romance languages) from a generative/minimalist point of
view, namely constructions of the type:

Laura is bigger than Max
Laura is as big as Max

but also idiomatic comparative expressions such as

Laura is mad as a hatter
Laura and Max run like thieves

and so on.

Could anybody be so kind to give me some hints?

Please reply directly to me, I'll post a summary to the list.

Thank you in advance

Lucia Grimaldi



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Lucia Grimaldi
Freie Universitaet Berlin
Institut fuer Romanische Philologie
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
D-14195 Berlin
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