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Query:   Mixed Conditional Sentences
Author:  Kenji Kashino
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Semantics

Summary:   DEAR LINGUISTS,

ON NOVEMBER 11 I POSTED A QUESTION (LINGUIST 14.3084) ABOUT MIXED
CONDITIONAL SENTENCES ON LINGUIST LIST. MY QUESTION WAS:

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE ACCEPTABILITY OF EXAMPLES (8)--(11).

(8) IF HE WEREN'T SUCH A TERRIBLE BORE, WE'D CERTAINLY HAVE VISITED
HIM MORE OFTEN WHILE HE WAS HERE.

(9) SHE WAS SO HIGH-KEYED THAT IF SHE SMOKED SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN A
CHAIN SMOKER.

(10) HE WOULD HAVE GONE RIGHT INTO YOUR BEDROOM IF I DIDN'T STOP HIM.

(11) IF SHE WERE WORKING FOR BILL, HE WOULD HAVE PROTECTED HER WITH A
REASONABLY PLAUSIBLE STORY.

I RECEIVED TEN EMAILS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE:
KIM SCHULTE, MIKE MATLOFF, LISA KING, BRUCE DEAPAIN, CHRIS
JJOHNS,RUDOLPH C. TROIKE, NICK SOBIN, TAMARA NICOL, TOBY PAFF, LAURA
CALLAHAN THE RESULT OF MY SURVEY IS AS FOLLOWS:

* ? OK NO RESPONSES
(8) 0 0 9 1
(9) 0 1 8 1
(10) 1 5 3 1
(11) 0 1 8 1

>FROM THIS RESULT IT IS CLEAR THAT (8) IS HIGHEST AND (10) IS LOWEST
ON THE SCALE OF ACCEPTABILITY.

I ALSO RECEIVED SUGGESTIONS FROM TOBY PAFF ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES IN
SOCIAL AND CLASS DIALECTS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

KENJI KASHINO
PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH LINGUISTICS
OSAKA SHOIN WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY , JAPAN

LL Issue: 14.3148
Date Posted: 17-Nov-2003
Original Query: Read original query