LINGUIST List 11.1707

Tue Aug 8 2000

Qs: Quantifier Scope, SLA/Discourse Markers/German

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  1. Nasu, Norio, quantifier scope
  2. Simone.Mueller, SLA + discourse marker + German

Message 1: quantifier scope

Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2000 19:33:16 +0100
From: Nasu, Norio <nnasuessex.ac.uk>
Subject: quantifier scope

Dear Linguists,

I am looking for native speakers of English who help me with some data
related to quantifier scope. I am particularly interested in sentences
like: 
(1) Some politician is considered to be likely to address John's
constituency.
May (1985:Logical Form, MIT Press) for example says that a sentence of this
pattern is three ways ambiguous. If so, (1) may be paraphrased as:
(a) There is some politician who is considered to be likely to address
John's constituency.
(b) It is considered that some politician is likely to address John's
constituency.
(c) It is considered that it is likely that some politician will address
John's constituency.
My main question is whether the second reading (i.e., (b)) can ever be
obtained. If all of these readings are possible, is there any significant
semantic/logical/pragmatic difference between (b) and (c)? Please reply to
nnasuessex.ac.uk
Thanks in advance.

Best,
Norio
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Message 2: SLA + discourse marker + German

Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2000 12:49:07 +0200
From: Simone.Mueller <Simone.Muelleranglistik.uni-giessen.de>
Subject: SLA + discourse marker + German

Does anyone know any (recent) literature on

A) Second/Foreign Language Acquisition and Discourse Markers ?
B) so, oh, OK in German ?

I would be grateful for any hints!

Thanks and regards,
Simone Mueller
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