[Lingtyp] Typological works on echoes

TasakuTsunoda tasakutsunoda at nifty.com
Sun Jun 17 06:58:45 UTC 2018

Dear Ian,


    This may not be what you are looking for, but I have found two sets of interesting examples in the running texts of Warrongo (northeast Australia). Roughly speaking, the examples can be shown as follows.


Speaker A:  You(SG) go-IMPERATIVE.

Speaker B:  I go-IMPERATIVE.


    In Speaker B’s sentence, the subject is now ‘I’, not ‘you(SG). The verb remains in the imperative form. 

    Speaker B’s sentence does not seem to mean ‘Let’s go!’. It seems to mean either (a) or (b).


(a) ‘[OK,] I will go.’

(b) ‘Do you mean to say that I should go?’


Please see the following:


Tsunoda, Tasaku. 2011. A grammar of Warrongo (Mouton Grammar Library 53). Berlin and New York: De Gruyter Mouton.


P282, (3-266).

P330, (4-30).


Best wishes,


Tasaku Tsunoda



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日付: 2018年6月16日土曜日 2:41
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件名: [Lingtyp] Typological works on echoes


Dear all,

I would like to know if there are any typological works on echoes, where the speaker repeats what they have just heard, such as (1-3).

(1) A: I'm from Germany.

B: Oh, from Germany.

(2) A: It's really a nice day.

B: Yeah, a nice day.

(3) A: Go to the supermarket.

B: To the supermarket, okay.

I would greatly appreciate any reading suggestions.

>From Hong Kong,

Ian Joo



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