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Query:   Parenthetical 'What'
Author:  Yordanka Kavalova
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Discourse Analysis
Pragmatics
Semantics
Syntax

Summary:   REGARDING QUERY HTTP://WWW.LINGUISTLIST.ORG/ISSUES/15/15-3362.HTML#1

DEAR ALL,

THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO ALL OF YOU WHO FOUND THE TIME TO EMAIL ME AND SHARE THEIR VIEWS WITH ME. IN PARTICULAR, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK S ERVIN-TRIPP, J LAWLER, M MATLOFF, P NEWMAN, AND J WALTERS.

MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO WROTE TO ME ASSOCIATED PARENTHETICAL ‘WHAT’ WITH HESITATION, APPROXIMATION, AND ACCURACY.

IT WAS ALSO POINTED TO ME THAT PARENTHETICAL ‘WHAT’ MAY RESEMBLE A CERTAIN MODERN ISRAELI HEBREW CONSTRUCTION, VIZ. ‘MA ZE X’ AS IN “YESH LA SIMLA XADASH, MA ZE YAFA”. IT WOULD BE INTERESTINGG TO SEE WHAT THE EXACT SYNTAX AND FUNCTION OF THIS CONSTRUCTION IS AND IF IN ANY WAY IT CORRESPONDS TO THE ENGLISH PARENTHETICAL.

ALSO, PARENTHETICAL ‘WHAT’ WAS LINKED TO OTHER ONE-WORD PARENTHETICAL INSERTIONS LIKE ‘LIKE’. FROM WHAT I’VE SEEN SO FAR, I THINK THAT THIS OBSERVATION IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK.
FINALLY, I WAS REFERRED TO ONLY ONE ARTICLE THAT MIGHT BE OF SOME HELP:

POSTAL, P. (1976), “LINGUISTIC ANARCHY NOTES”, IN J. MCCAWLEY, (ED.).
SYNTAX AND SEMANTICS, VOL. 7. NEW YORK: ACADEMIC PRESS.

AGAIN, THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO EMAILED ME.

KIND REGARDS,
YORDANKA

LL Issue: 15.3385
Date Posted: 03-Dec-2004
Original Query: Read original query