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Query Details

Query Subject:   History of wh-movement
Author:   Gisbert Fanselow
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  General Linguistics

Query:   Does anybody know anything about the following questions:

a. how does a language acquire a rule of obligatory fronting of
b. how does a language lose such a rule?

If I get interesting replies, a summary will be posted.


Gisbert Fanselow
Gisbert Fanselow
Linguist - tough job, but someone's gotta do it.

Linguistics Department
University of Potsdam
P.O. Box 601553
D-14415 Potsdam
Fon: x49-331-977-2446
Fax: x49-331-977-2761

Mon, 5 Oct 1998 09:12:45 -0500
Gert Webelhuth
Is there a collection of stupid things said publicly about language?

There was a silly syndicated column by James Kilpatrick in our newspaper
today (''When a suffix won't suffice any more'', Raleigh News & Observer,
10/05/98), that laments the decline and going out of use of the English
''feminine suffixes'' -ess, -ette, and -ix. That makes me wonder whether a
collection of stupid or uninformed public statements about language exists
somewhere in book form or whether some of you may have a private collection
of such things they would be willing to share.This would make great
discussion material for an Intro to Linguistics class.

Thank you very much for any leads you can give!

Gert Webelhuth

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Gert Webelhuth
Associate Professor of Linguistics, Department of Linguistics,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill,
NC 27599-3155

OTHER ADDRESS MAY NOT REACH ME!!! (drop final ''h'' of my last name!)
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''The system trains people to be purchasers manipulated by hip,
in and out, hot and not hot..'' Joni Mitchell

Tue, 29 Sep 1998 11:36:12 -0600
Sabine Siekmann
Online Language Courses

Hello Fellow Linguists,

For my thesis I am developing a supplemental online course for a German
class. I am using WebCT and mainly provide them with an opportunity to
practice grammar, find out cultural information about Germany and do
online discussion and chat.

I would like to get into contact with people who are working on similar
projects (could be other languages or classes that are taught entirely
online). I would also like to get in touch with people who can point me
in the right direction to find background information on such projects.

Any feedback will be greatly appreciated,

Sabine Siekmann
LL Issue: 9.1381
Date posted: 05-Oct-1998


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