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Query:   Summary: Verbs of inert perception
Author:  Minako NAKAYASU
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Syntax

Summary:   DEAR LINGUISTS,

IT WAS ALMOST HALF A YEAR AGO WHEN I MADE A QUERY ABOUT VERBS OF INERT
PERCEPTION. (I APOLOGIZE FOR THE DELAY OF THIS SUMMARY.) MY SINCERE
THANKS GO TO THESE 25 LINGUISTS LISTED BELOW AND AN ANONYMOUS ONE WHO
KINDLY REPLIED TO THE QUESTIONS:

SHELLEY TULLOCH
MARILYN SILVA
NOEL HUNT
PATRICK C. RYAN
GABY CHARING
LEE HWEE HOON
JOHN ATKINSON
VINCENT JENKINS
DICK WATSON
PETER T. DANIELS
PRICE CALDWELL
E. BASIR
PATRICIA M. LESTRADE
MAI KUHA
KAREN DAVIS
GWEN A. FRISHKOFF
ANNIE CLARK
DEBORAH MILAN BERKLEY
SCOTT THOMAS
DANIEL E. COLLINS
GINA
JACK WIEDRICK
YASUHISA WATANABE
SUZETTE HADEN ELGIN
MARY WARD

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MY ORIGINAL QUERY WAS LIKE THE FOLLOWING:

I WOULD LIKE TO CONDUCT A VERY SMALL SURVEY ABOUT VERBS WHICH LEECH
(1987: 2ND EDITION) CALLS 'VERBS OF INERT PERCEPTION.' IN THE
EXAMPLES BELOW, DO YOU ACCEPT BOTH SIMPLE AND PROGRESSIVE FORMS? IF
SO, WHICH WOULD YOU PREFER AND WHY?

(1) (A DOCTOR TO A PATIENT) HOW DO YOU FEEL/ARE YOU FEELING?
(2) (TO YOUR FRIEND) HOW DO YOU FEEL/ARE YOU FEELING?
(3) (IN A TAXI) PLEASE STOP. MY WIFE FEELS/'S FEELING SICK.
(4) (IN A TAXI) PLEASE STOP. I FEEL/'M FEELING SICK.
(5) (COULD YOU MAKE A PROPER CONTEXT?) I FEEL/'M FEELING I CAN DO THAT.

(I CORRECTED THE MISTAKES IN NUMBERING.)
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FIRST OF ALL, LEECH (1987, 2ND ED.) CLASSIFIES PERCEPTION VERBS INTO
ACTIVE AND INERT. IN CASE OF _FEEL_, ACTIVE PERCEPTION 'TOUCH' CAN
TAKE BOTH SIMPLE AND PROGRESSIVE FORMS; INERT PERCEPTION, ACCORDING TO
HIS ARGUMENT, NORMALLY TAKES ONLY SIMPLE FORM. THE FACT, HOWEVER,
DOES NOT SEEM TO BE LLIKE THIS: _FEEL_ OF INERT PERCEPTION OFTEN TAKES
PROGRESSIVE FORM. IN MY SURVEY, ALMOST ALL THE LINGUISTS POINT OUT
THAT THE SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE EXISTS BETWEEN (1) - (4) AND (5).
THAT IS, THE FORMER CAN EMPLOY EITHER THE SIMPLE OR THE PROGRESSIVE
FORM WITH SOME (SOMETIMES VERY SLIGHT) DIFFERENCE IN MEANING; IN THE
LATTER, ON THE OTHER HAND, THE PROGRESSIVE FORM IS MUCH LESS
ACCEPTABLE. THIS DIFFERENCE IN REACTION IS PRODUCED PROBABLY BECAUSE
THERE ARE AT LEAST 2 TYPES OF _FEEL_ OF 'INERT PERCEPTION.' FOR THIS
REASON, IT WOULD BE PROPER FOR ME TO START EXAMINING THE RESULTS OF
THE FORMER FOUR.

MY WORKING HYPOTHESIS WAS THAT WHICH FORM, I.E. SIMPLE OR PROGRESSIVE,
THE SPEAKER EMPLOYS IS DUE TO THE CLOSENESS HE OR SHE FEELS TOWARD THE
SUBJECT: THAT IS, THE SIMPLE FORM EXPRESSES REMOTENESS WHILE THE
PROGRESSIVE SIGNIFIES CLOSENESS. THE RESPONSES ARE, AGAINST MY
EXPECTATION, DIVERSE. NOT SIMPLY LESS CLOSE/CLOSE, BUT ALSO
FRIENDLY/LESS FRIENDLY, BLUNT/EMOTIVE, FORMAL/LESS FORMAL,
IMMEDIATE/LESS IMMEDIATE, GENERAL/TIME-SPECIFIC, STABLE/CHANGEABLE
(THIS SEEMS TO BE A BASIC DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO),
STATEMENT/EXCUSE, INGRESSIVE/PROGRESIVE, AND SO ON. THE RESULTS GO AS
IN THE FOLLOWING. THE NUMBER IN THE PARENTHESES SIGNIFIES THE NUMBER
OF THE LINGUISTS WHO ARE OF THAT OPINION. THE LAST ONE 'DEPENDING ON
THE SITUATION' DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT ONLY ONE OF THEM IS
POSSIBLE: THE OTHER IS ALSO POSSIBLE, THOUGH IT SOUNDS BETTER IN SUCH
AND SUCH SITUATION. I WILL INTRODUCE THE OPINIONS THAT ARE
CONSPICUOUS IN THE SURVEY.

(1) EQUALLY ACCEPTABLE (9)
SIMPLE BETTER (1)
SIMPLE ONLY (1)
PROGRESSIVE BETTER (0)
PROGRESSIVE ONLY (0)
DEPENDING ON THE SITUATION (15)

LL Issue: 10.812
Date Posted: 24-May-1999
Original Query: Read original query