15.3554, Qs: On 'versus' as a Verb; English Pronunciation

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Subject: 15.3554, Qs: On 'versus' as a Verb; English Pronunciation

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1)
Date: 21-Dec-2004
From: William J. Rapaport < rapaport at cse.Buffalo.EDU >
Subject: On 'versus' as a Verb

2)
Date: 21-Dec-2004
From: wajdan raza < wajdanraza at yahoo.com >
Subject: English Pronunciation


-------------------------Message 1 ----------------------------------
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 12:27:40
From: William J. Rapaport < rapaport at cse.Buffalo.EDU >
Subject: On 'versus' as a Verb


Has anyone noticed the use of ''versus'' as a verb, as in:

''I versed him in Yu-Gi-Oh yesterday.''
''Who are you versing in the tournament?''

It seems to come from a misunderstanding, based on pronunciation,
of ''versus'' as ''verses'' (i.e., of a Latin term misheard as an English
3rd-person verb):  The headline ''Michael vs. Tyler'' is heard as the
active sentence ''Michael verses Tyler''.

I first heard this within the last year from my 9-year-old son and his
friends.  They define it as ''to battle''.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics




-------------------------Message 2 ----------------------------------
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 12:27:42
From: wajdan raza < wajdanraza at yahoo.com >
Subject: English Pronunciation



Dear linguits,

I am a student of MA Final (Linguistics). I am doing
my research on the English Pronunciation of the people
of Goa, India. I request those linguists who completed
research theses on English pronunciation to send/email
me their researches or literature reviews so that I
can complete my literarute review and choose the best
suited methodology to analyse the samples of my
research. I would be extremely grateful. Thanks.

Wajdan Raza
email: wajdanraza at yahoo.com

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology








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