10.727, Qs: Sarcastic Imperatives, Vowels, Pragmatics

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LINGUIST List:  Vol-10-727. Wed May 12 1999. ISSN: 1068-4875.

Subject: 10.727, Qs: Sarcastic Imperatives, Vowels, Pragmatics

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Date:  Wed, 12 May 1999 12:00:54 +0900
From:  gregg at andrew.ac.jp (Kevin R. Gregg)
Subject:  Sarcastic imperatives

2)
Date:  Tue, 11 May 1999 11:19:50 -0400 (EDT)
From:  "Bruce T. Moren" <moren at wam.umd.edu>
Subject:  Vowel Lengthening

3)
Date:  Wed, 12 May 1999 14:59:03 +0100 (GMT Daylight Time)
From:  Natalia Neumann <N.Neumann at uea.ac.uk>
Subject:  Pragmatics/CA

-------------------------------- Message 1 -------------------------------

Date:  Wed, 12 May 1999 12:00:54 +0900
From:  gregg at andrew.ac.jp (Kevin R. Gregg)
Subject:  Sarcastic imperatives


Japanese has a couple of fixed phrases, non-polite imperatives whose
illocutionary force is the reverse of the literal meaning: *baka ie!*
(lit., 'say something stupid!', i.e. don't talk nonsense), *uso o
tuke!/ie!* (lit., 'tell a lie!', i.e. nonsense!  etc.). These seem to
be restricted to the non-polite imperative form (you don't say 'baka
iinasai!') and non-productive (you don't say, e.g. 'Make up an
excuse!')  A colleague has asked me if English has similar sorts of
expressions; the best I can come up with is, 'Tell me about it,' and
'Pull the other one (it's got bells on)'.  My native-speaker
intuitions have decayed over the years; am I missing any obvious
examples?  Yiddish has *frayg mir* ('ask me' i.e., don't ask me; how
should I know?).  Are there similar expressions (fixed or productive)
in other languages?

Kevin R. Gregg
Momoyama Gakuin University
(St. Andrew's University)
1-1 Manabino, Izumi
Osaka 594-1198 Japan
tel.no. 0725-54-3131 (ext. 3622)
fax. 0725-54-3202


-------------------------------- Message 2 -------------------------------

Date:  Tue, 11 May 1999 11:19:50 -0400 (EDT)
From:  "Bruce T. Moren" <moren at wam.umd.edu>
Subject:  Vowel Lengthening

Dear LINGUIST List,

A quick glance at the literature suggests that lower vowels tend to be
phonetically longer than higher vowels.  I am looking for information
regarding languages that make use of this tendency within the
phonological system: i.e. where low and/or mid vowels lengthen in some
environment where high vowels do not.  Examples of the lengthening
environments might be open monosyllables (to meet a minimal word
requirement), iambic lengthening, compensatory lengthening, etc.

Ideally, the languages I am looking for should not have a phonemic
vowel length distinction.  However, any information regarding
languages that lengthen low and/or mid vowels but not high vowels
would be greatly appreciated.

Bruce Moren

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-------------------------------- Message 3 -------------------------------

Date:  Wed, 12 May 1999 14:59:03 +0100 (GMT Daylight Time)
From:  Natalia Neumann <N.Neumann at uea.ac.uk>
Subject:  Pragmatics/CA


Dear all,

I am looking for references in Pragmatics and Conversation Analysis,
for example (advanced) books on theories/ conversation strategies
etc., studies. Website addresses of linguists in the field with their
references would also be helpful for me.

I will post a summary.

Many thanks.

Natalia Neumann
N.Neumann at uea.ac.uk


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