LINGUIST List 12.1337

Wed May 16 2001

Qs: "Story of Eng" Materials, Distance Contrast

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  1. horning, Story of English materials?
  2. imai, distance-neutral demonstrative adverb

Message 1: Story of English materials?

Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 11:12:25 -0400 (EDT)
From: horning <>
Subject: Story of English materials?

Does anyone know of a website or other source of support materials for The
Story of English video series that appeared on PBS some years ago? I am
looking for materials beyond the companion book to the series. Please
email me off the list, at If there is any interest,
I will post a summary of responses.
Alice Horning
Oakland University
Rochester, MI
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Message 2: distance-neutral demonstrative adverb

Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 10:50:24 +0530
From: imai <>
Subject: distance-neutral demonstrative adverb

In English, for instance, demonstrative adjective/pronouns show a
distance-contrast, i.e.,"this"(proximal) and "that"(distal). Some languages
have distance-neutral demonstrative adjectives or/and pronouns. Even French
may use "ce(t)-" as a distance-neutral demonstrative. Although it can take
additional locational deictic element "ci" (proximal) or "la" (distal) if a
distance contrast is required. Even languages with distance-neutral
demonstrative adjectives/pronouns seem to show a distance contrast in
demonstrative adverbs. I would like to know if there are any language that
does not indicate a distance contrast in demonstrative adverbs along with
distance-neutral demonstrative adjectives/pronouns.

Shingo Imai
Japan Foundation New Delhi Office
10 Jor Bagh, New Delhi 110003 India
Tel +91-(0)11-465-2962 to 4
Fax +91-(0)11-465-2965
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