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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


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Query Subject:   DP as a Phase, Negation/Intonational Marking
Author:   Bert Remijsen
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   DOES ANYBODY KNOW ABOUT LANGUAGES THAT MARK NEGATION BY MEANS OF INTONATION? I FOUND NO REFERENCE TO PROSODIC MARKING OF NEGATION IN DAHL'S 1997 TYPOLOGY OF SENTENCE NEGATION IN 'LINGUISTICS'.
ON THE OTHER HAND, I HAVE COME ACROSS TWO LANGUAGES FOR WHICH IT IS REPORTED - LINDSTROM (2002 - PHD DISS UNIV. OF STOCKHOLM) REPORTS THAT IN THE AUSTRONESIAN LANGUAGE KUOT, A SEGMENTAL MARKER OF NEGATION IS INVARIABLY ACCOMPANIED BY AN UTTERANCE-FINAL FALL-RISE CONTOUR. SECONDLY, ROEMER (1991 'STUDIES IN PAPIAMENTU TONOLOGY') DESCRIBES A COMBINATION OF TOONE SHIFT AND DOWNSTEP, WHICH ACCOMPANIES A SEGMENTAL NEGATION-MARKING MORPHEME IN THE CREOLE PAPIAMENTU.

DOES ANYBODY KNOW OF LANGUAGES IN WHICH NEGATION IS MARKED EXCLUSIVELY BY MEANS OF PROSODY, I.E., IN THE ABSENCE OF A SEGMENTAL (MORPHOLOGICAL OR SYNTACTIC) ENCODING? OR DO YOU KNOW OTHER LANGUAGES SHOWING PHENOMENA WHERE THE MARKING OF NEGATION HAS A SECUNDARY PROSODIC COMPONENT, LIKE KUOT AND PAPIAMENTU? I WOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR ANY REPLIES, AND I WILL POST A SUMMARY OF THEM TO THIS LIST.

DR. BERT REMIJSEN
LEIDEN UNIVERSITY
LL Issue: 13.2045
Date posted: 06-Aug-2002