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Re: Number

From:SMITH,MARCUS ANTHONY <smithma@...>
Date:Monday, August 6, 2001, 21:52
On Mon, 6 Aug 2001, dirk elzinga wrote:

> On Mon, 6 Aug 2001, SMITH,MARCUS ANTHONY wrote:
> > according to rules that are not completely clear at this point. There is > > some evidence suggesting that being distributed across the objects is > > relevant. For example, if you beat two dogs, the verb does not > > reduplicate, but if you beat a dog and a cat, the verb does reduplicate. > > (Sorry for the violent examples -- I didn't elicit them.) One the other > > hand, there are instances where you get reduplication with a single type > > of noun. This is an area that needs more work, but it does support your > > claim somewhat. (BTW, 'go' does reduplicate for the subject, so your > > example sentences might be very relevant.) > > Did you beat both dogs at the same time? In that case, there was > one beating event, hence a singular. I can imagine that this > reading is easier to get when you're talking about two dogs than > when you're talking about a dog and a cat.
This is what I plan to find out when I get around to working on this topic. They guy who collected the data in this area was a phonologist who had to write a syntax paper. His data is full of holes, his analysis made very little sense, but he got tons of the reduplicated forms he loves so much. Marcus