LINGUIST List 2.348

Thursday, 18 July 1991

Qs: Pronouns, Conf, Surveys, Specification lgs

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  1. , query on Case and resumptive pronouns
  3. Yeshwant K Muthusamy, Re: Your Language Identification Study
  4. Gregory Ward, teaching load survey
  5. , NL as specification language

Message 1: query on Case and resumptive pronouns

Date: Thu, 11 Jul 91 01:53:16 -0400
Subject: query on Case and resumptive pronouns
Does anyone out there have any information or references about languages with
overt Case marking where the resumptive pronoun and its antecedent bear
different Cases? I know of some cases such left dislocations where the dislo-
cated element always bears the same Case, regardless of the position of the
resumptive pronoun but I'm especially interested in finding out about cases wher
it looks as though the rp is of the kind that has been analysed as a trace
spellout. If these occurred they would presumably involve movement from one
Case-marked position to another and this is what intrigues me.
To give you an idea of what I mean I have a putative example from Standard
Arabic which involves a case of what looks like Qfloat
 xaraja al-awlaad*u* kull*u*-hum
 left the boys-nom all-nom-them
"all of them" is a construct state NP and if movement of the subject out of this
was involved (a la Sportiche analysis of Q float) we'd have to explain how
"the boys" get's nominative as well as the head of the complex NP, while the
pronoun must be getting oblique Case as any other NP in a construct state does.
In this particular example the 'floated' Q is not far enough away from its
putative source to be a case which unambiguously involves movement so I'd like
to have better examples, if such exist.
Thanks in advance
Bernadette Plunkett
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Date: Thu, 11 Jul 91 11:48:28 -0700
From: Paul Saka <sakacogsci.Berkeley.EDU>
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Message 3: Re: Your Language Identification Study

Date: Thu, 11 Jul 91 18:25:31 -0700
From: Yeshwant K Muthusamy <yeshwant%cse.ogi.eduRICEVM1.RICE.EDU>
Subject: Re: Your Language Identification Study
 The Center for Spoken Language
 Oregon Graduate Institute
If you are a NATIVE speaker of one of the following languages:
(American or British) English Korean
Farsi Mandarin Chinese
French Spanish
German Tamil
Japanese Vietnamese
we need your help in building a multi-language database of
speech recorded over the TELEPHONE. This database is to be used for
my PhD thesis research on automatic language identification.
We have set up a TOLL-FREE line (for the US and Canada) that is
PLEASE CALL 1-800-441-1077
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You will need a touch-tone phone for this call. A pre-recorded
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The entire call will take about 5 minutes. The speech that you provide
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If you have any questions or comments, or would like more information
about this project, call Yeshwant Muthusamy at (503) 690-1431.
Please pass on this message to others at your site who do not have net
Yeshwant Muthusamy Internet:
Center for Spoken Language UUCP: ...!ogicse!yeshwant
Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology
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Message 4: teaching load survey

Date: Fri, 12 Jul 91 21:27:24 CDT
From: Gregory Ward <>
Subject: teaching load survey
Our Department is collecting data on the standard teaching load for
full-time faculty in linguistics departments that are on the *quarter*
system. We would like to know what the average/unmarked/regular
teaching load is (in terms of number of courses), not counting release
time or buydowns for grants/administration/advising. Please send
responses to: (Gregory Ward)
Thank you very much.
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Message 5: NL as specification language

Date: Sun, 14 Jul 1991 18:20:06 +0200
From: <>
Subject: NL as specification language
Organization: University of Zurich, Department of Computer Science
I would appreciate pointers to publications which report on attempts to use
as specification language a subset of natural language that can be translated
into first-order predicate logic, or Horn clauses .
Thank you.
Norbert E. Fuchs
Department of Computer Science
University of Zurich
CH-8057 Zurich
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