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Outside of the box / Medieval manuscript reveals proto-Romance language.
« Last post by Gerard Cheshire on April 10, 2018, 05:05:59 AM »
In 2017 the writing system of a Medieval manuscript known as MS408 was revealed to be proto-Romance: i.e. the origin of the Romance languages. In addition, it is written with a proto-Italic alphabet. It is the only known document of this kind and therefore has potential linguistic importance.

Two papers have been issued, which explain the writing system and translate a number of excerpts as examples. They can be freely downloaded from the LingBuzz website.
1. Linguistic Missing Links: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/003737
2. Linguistically Dating and Locating MS408: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/003808

Anyone interested in the evolution of the Romance languages should find the papers a worthwhile read and they may also be useful for the purposes of scholarly research.

Many thanks for your time.
Kindest regards,
Gerard E Cheshire.
University of Bristol.
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Language-specific analysis / What is different between English and Scots ?
« Last post by giselberga on April 10, 2018, 03:26:15 AM »
Scots language is resembled with English
But Scottish spelling is different with English
What is difference between English and Scots ?
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Phonetics and Phonology / Why is English spelling and pronunciation different?
« Last post by giselberga on April 10, 2018, 03:11:11 AM »
English spelling and pronunciation is different
Why is English spelling and pronunciation different?
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Language-specific analysis / Please look at the following sentence
« Last post by binumal on April 09, 2018, 01:20:10 PM »
Please look at the following sentence------To answer this question, first, it is evident that the wh-sluice
in both CM and NCM sluicing must be contained within a CP structure,
even though their internal configurations may be different
It appears to me there is something wrong in the underlined part of the sentence. Cant tell what exactly it is. Could anyone tell me what (if there is  anything) is wrong with the sentence.
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Morphosyntax / Cleft -mono-clausal literature
« Last post by binumal on April 07, 2018, 03:46:07 PM »
Can anyone suggest some literature that analyze English (or any other language ) cleft construction as mono-clausal. I remember to  have  come across some literature which treats it as mono-clausal,but cant remember the details . Any help would be greatly apopreciated, Thanx in Advance
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Morphosyntax / Re: Is this sentence ambiguous
« Last post by panini on April 04, 2018, 08:27:08 AM »
But it is not John who speaks GREEK or Sanskrit,It is the man  he knows that speak Greek or Sanskrit .  Now coming to the question of possible ambiguity- my doubt is whether the sentence can  either be interpreted as having a narrow scope reading or wide scope reading.
But still, the same question arises with a much simpler structure: "John speaks Greek or Latin". The problem, IMO, arises from a failure to distinguish between propositions that are compatible with a sentence, and those that are literally entailed by the words of a sentence. If you say "He took 3 of my 6 apples", that is not 20 ways ambiguous, it is just vague as to which particular apples he took. It is annoying that the original author didn't bother to say what the other interpretation is supposed to be.
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Morphosyntax / Re: Is this sentence ambiguous
« Last post by Daniel on April 04, 2018, 07:35:52 AM »
It doesn't strike me as ambiguous, but I suppose you could try to interpret it like this:

A) Either [John knows a man who speaks Greek, or John knows a man who speaks Sanskrit]
B) John knows one man, and that one man knows either Greek or Sanskrit.

It's unclear to me if the scope difference actually results in different truth conditions in any relevant circumstances (or indeed whether the scope change is even possible structurally).
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Morphosyntax / Re: Is this sentence ambiguous
« Last post by binumal on April 03, 2018, 11:28:39 PM »
Only if "John speaks either Greek or Sanskrit" is (and in the same way).
   But it is not John who speaks GREEK or Sanskrit,It is the man  he knows that speak Greek or Sanskrit .  Now coming to the question of possible ambiguity- my doubt is whether the sentence can  either be interpreted as having a narrow scope reading or wide scope reading .
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Morphosyntax / Re: Is this sentence ambiguous
« Last post by panini on April 03, 2018, 10:09:09 PM »
Only if "John speaks either Greek or Sanskrit" is (and in the same way). One interpretation of "either" is "one or the other, or both", and this would be most sensible if the context included something like "it just depends on who he's talking to". The other interpretation is "just one of these, but I (or whoever's perspective the discourse takes) don't know which". I think the point is that this latter "wide scope" reading is supposed to be equivalent to "John knows a man who speaks Greek, or John knows a man who speaks Sanskrit"; as opposed to "John knows a man who speaks 'Greek-or-Sanskrit'".
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Morphosyntax / Focused?
« Last post by binumal on April 03, 2018, 09:45:29 PM »
In the following sentence ,Is SUE focused. If so what is its semantic function.

# John only said that he knew a man who was acquainted with SUE--(In comparison with  the sentence like " John only saw SUE" ,I cant imagine of any syntactic function for focusing SUE)- The example is from Jayaseelan 2001














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