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FYI: Acceptability of English Adjectives


Author: kristi lynne coburn

FYI Body: I AM GOING TO USE A DIFFERENT MARKING SYSTEM, A FOR ACCEPTABLE, U
FOR UNACCEPTABLE, AND THERE ARE NONE WHICH I AM UNSURE ABOUT. I HAVE ALSO
ADDED WHY THEY ARE UNACCEPTABLE TO ME.
BY THE WAY, I AM A NATIVE OF SEATTLE.




> DEAR LINGUISTS,
>
> ABOUT A WEEK AGO I POSTED THE FOLLOWING QUERY.
>
> >I AM WORKING ON ENGLISH ADJECTIVES. ARE THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES
> >ACCEPTABLE? IF ACCEPTABLE, PLEASE MARK THEM WITH A CHECK.
> >IF NOT ACCEPTABLE, PLEASE MARK THEM WITH A CROSS. IF UNCERTAIN
> >OR DUBIOUS, PLEASE MARK THEM WITH A QUESTION MARK. ANY
> >COMMENT IS WELCOME.
> >
>A >(1) JOHN WAS CAREFUL TO LOCK THE DOOR.
>U >(2) JOHN WAS GREEDY TO KEEP ALL THE MONEY TO HIMSELF.
IFYOU CHANGE THE PREPOSITION TO FOR, THEN IT'S ACCEPTABLE TO ME
>A >(3) JOHN WAS WORTHY TO BE PRAISED BY THEM ALL.
>A >(4) THE PLACE IS CONVENIENT TO VISIT.
>A >(5) JOHN IS JEALOUS THAT SHE SUCCEEDED.
>A >(6) JOHN WAS BORED TO HEAR HER ENDLESS TALK.
>A >(7) JOHN WAS CONFUSED TO BE TOLD TO DO SO MANY THINGS AT ONCE.
>A >(8) JOHN WAS HURT TO BE INSULTED.
>U >(9) I AM EAGER THAT THEY SHOULD WIN.
FOR THEM TO WIN, JPROBLEM WITH USING A MODAL

>A >(10) JOHN WAS INCREDULOUS THAT MARY PUT IT INTO PRACTICE.
>U >(11) MARY IS KEEN THAT WE SHOULD GO.
BRITISH, AGAIN, KEEN IS A PROBLEM FOR ME, BUT I WON'T COUNT THA
IN DECIDING IF IT'S ACCEPTABLE OR NOT SINCE IT'S ONLY A LEXICAL
DIFFERENCE. HOWEVER, THE UES OF THE MODAL HERE IS WRONG FOR ME (BY THE
WAY, I SPENT A YEAR IN FRANCE TEACHING ENGLISH IN A FRENCH UNIVERSITY, SO
I AM FAMILIAR WITH THE BRITISH SYSTEM.
>A >(12) IT WAS HEROIC OF THEM TO OPPOSE THE INVADER.
>U >(13) JOHN WAS IRRESPONSIBLE TO SABOTAGE HIS DUTIESS.
CAN'T SABATOGE DUTIES
>A >(14) IT IS SIGNIFICANT THAT THEY WORKED AS VOLUNTEERS.
>A >(15) IT IS SUFFICIENT TO GIVE HIM SOME MONEY.
>U >(16) IT IS NOT SUITABLE TO DRESS CASUAL AT A WEDDING RECEPTION.
> CASUALLY

> I HAVE RECEIVED 17 REPLIES. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THOSE WHO GAVE
> WME ANSWERS AND COMMENTS. THE FOLLOWING IS THE NUMBERS OF INFORMANTS
> WHO INDICATED RESPECTIVE ACCEPTABILITY IN EACH SENTENCE.
>
> ACCEPTABLE DUBIOUS/ UNACCEPTABLE
> UNCERTAIN
> (1) 16 1 0
> (2) 7 4 6
> (3) 7 7 3
> (4) 15 1 1
> (5) 13 3 1
> (6) 8 2 7
> (7) 6 3 8
> (8) 7 2 8
> (9) 11 4 2
> (10) 15 2 0
> (11) 11 3 3
> (12) 16 0 1
> (13) 6 3 8
> (14) 17 0 0
> (15) 16 1 0
> (16) 10 1 6
>
> PART OF DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF THIS DATA WILL BE PRESENTED BY
> PROFESSOR KATSUMASA YAGI (KWANSEI GAKUIN UNIVERSITY, JAPAN) AT THE
> 24TH LACUS FORUM TO BE HELD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF YORK, TORONTO,
> ONTARIO, CANADA ON 2ND AUGUST AND IN HIS SUBSEQUENT PAPERS.
>
> - ----------------------------------------
> ATSUKO UMESAKI(TEZUKAYAMA COLLEGE)
> E-MAIL:SGS03312@NIFTYSERVE.OR.JP
> UMESAKI@TEZUKAYAMA-U.AC.JP
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