Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing

By Melissa Mohr

Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing "contains original research into the history of swearing, and is scrupulous in analyzing the claims of other scholars."


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

A New Manual of French Composition

By R. L. Graeme Ritchie

A New Manual of French Composition "provides a guide to French composition aimed at university students and the higher classes in schools. "


The LINGUIST List is dedicated to providing information on language and language analysis, and to providing the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure necessary to function in the digital world. LINGUIST is a free resource, run by linguistics students and faculty, and supported primarily by your donations. Please support LINGUIST List during the 2016 Fund Drive.

Summary Details


Query:   Sum: Expressions like 'Put them away yet?'
Author:  Carsten Breul
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Semantics

Summary:   A BIG THANK YOU TO THE PERSONS WHO COMMENTED ON MY QUERY
(LINGUIST, VOL. 8-808) ON EXPRESSIONS LIKE 'PUT THEM AWAY
YET?':

J. ATKINSON, R.M. BREND, B. CLARK, C. DAVENPORT, D. DEE, M.
DONOHUE, M. FARRIS, N. FRISHBERG, D. HARRIS, J. HILFERTY, L.
HORN, D. HOUGHTON, P. LESOURD, R. MC CALLISTER, C.D. NILEP,
J. REIGHARD, P. SVENONIUS, M. SWART, G.H. TOOPS, L. TRASK,
R. WRIGHT

THE RESULT IS QUITE DEFINITE.
A) MY IMPRESSION THAT

(2) SEE THEM YET?
(3) GET THEM YET?
(4) WRITE HIM YET?
(5) HEAR IT YET?

WILL HAVE A PRESENT TENSE READING, AND THAT A SIMPLE PAST
READING IS NOT POSSIBLE, HAS BEEN REJECTED ALMOST
UNANNIMOUSLY BY MY INFORMANTS (ONLY A COUPLE OF BRITISH
ENGLISH SPEAKERS AMONG THEM). FOR MOST OF THEM THE SIMPLE
PAST INTERPRETATION IS IN FACT DOMINANT OVER THE PRESENT
TENSE INTERPRETATION; SOME INFORMANTS EVEN HAVE DIFFICULTIES
IN IMAGINING AN APPROPRIATE SITUATION FOR A PRESENT TENSE
READING; OTHERS, THOUGH, HAVE REPORTED NO PROBLEMS HERE.

B) WHEN EXPRESSIONS SUCH AS (2)-(5) ARE USED WITH A
NON-PRESENT TENSE MEANING, THERE IS NO DISTINCTION MADE AND
PERCEIVED BETWEEN MEANINGS ASSOCIATED WITH SIMPLE PAST IN
CONTRAST TO PRESENT PERFECT IN OTHER CONSTRUCTIONS. (THIS,
THEN, SUPPORTS BOLINGER SAYING WITH RESPECT TO 'PUT THEM
AWAY YET?':

LL Issue: 8.842
Date Posted: 07-Jun-1997
Original Query: Read original query