[Ads-l] "disappear" as a transitive verb

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Aug 26 20:14:28 EDT 2020


My own memory is that the participial substantive, los desaparecidos, came into English as a borrowing from Argentina’s dirty war and the women-led protests against it, rather than the transitive or intransitive verb which is the base of that participle.  There’s a wiki page on the history, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_disappearance. So the word history in English is (pace Heller) the opposite of the derivational history in Spanish.

LH


> On Aug 26, 2020, at 8:08 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> The noun doesn't appear in Catch-22, so far as I remember.
> 
> JL
> 
> On Wed, Aug 26, 2020 at 7:09 PM Andy Bach <afbach at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> And after they've been disappeared (gmail non-transitively suggested
>> "after they've disappeared"), they are then "the disappeared" or "los
>> desaparecidos"
>> 
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_War
>> These individuals who suddenly vanished are called los desaparecidos,
>> meaning "the missing ones" or "disappeared".
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>> On Wed, Aug 26, 2020 at 5:19 PM victor steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
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>>> It's fairly common terminology among international human rights NGOs
>> AFAIK.
>>> 
>>> VS
>>> 
>>> On Wed, Aug 26, 2020, 15:03 Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
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>>>> Here is some more on this. BB
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>>>>> On 26 Aug 2020, at 11:41, James Landau =
>>>> <00000c13e57d49b8-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> wrote:
>>>>> =20
>>>>> In a mass email from one Scott Roberts at colorofchange.org, the =
>>>> heading was "Tampa police tried to disappear this Black woman".
>>>>> |=20
>>>>> |  |
>>>>> =20
>>>>> =20
>>>>> James Landau
>>>>> jjjrlandau at netscape.com
>>>>> =20
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