LINGUIST List 15.1542
Thu May 13 2004
Qs: Floating Quantifier Placement
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- Lisa Rochman, Floating quantifier placement
Message 1: Floating quantifier placement
Date: Thu, 13 May 2004 12:12:57 -0400 (EDT)
From: Lisa Rochman <lisabgumail.bgu.ac.il>
Subject: Floating quantifier placement
I am a graduate student researching floating quanifiers. I have
encounted several examples with 'all' immediately proceeding 'been'
1)The carpets will(all)have(all)been(all)being(all)dusted for two hours
2)They(all)have(all)been(all)emptying their plates.
Although some authors note that judgements vary, none of my native
speaker informats judge 'been all' to be acceptable. As a native
speaker of American North Midlands dialect of English I find all
sentences of this type to be unacceptable. I am interested to know if
anyone finds these type of sentences acceptable and if so what dialect
of English they speak or what region they are from.
Ben Gurion University
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