LINGUIST List 11.397

Fri Feb 25 2000

Qs: "May not"/British English, Italian Data Needed

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  1. Kenji Kashino, "may not"
  2. tanyaroy, Italian

Message 1: "may not"

Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 13:52:37 +0900
From: Kenji Kashino <YIB00161nifty.ne.jp>
Subject: "may not"

Dear linguists,

I would be very grateful if you would answer the following question.
In its epistemic sense, "may not" means "It is possible that
...not...". However, I have heard that in British English it can be
used in the sense of " It is not certain that ...", as in:

(1) A: Someone is knocking on the door.
 B: It must be John.
 A: It may not be John. It could be Bill.

Is this true?

With thanks in advance and best wishes,

Kenji Kashino
Professor of English Linguistics
Osaka Shoin Women's College
(YIB00161nifty.ne.jp)
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Message 2: Italian

Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 20:35:50 +0530
From: tanyaroy <tanyaroymantraonline.com>
Subject: Italian


Can anyone help me get raw data on Italian native speakers and Italian
as L3? I am specially interested in the word-order of "anche";
pronouns, articles and direct-indirect speech.

Thanks,
Tanya
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