UTA Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 1, was published in 1994 by the Program in Linguistics (now the Department of Linguistics & TESOL) at The University of Texas at Arlington. The editors were Susan C. Herring and John C. Paolillo. (The editors extend a special thanks to David Silva for assistance in preparing this volume.)

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  • Anaphora, pragmatics and style in German 

    DeLisle, Helga H. (Linguistics & TESOL, 1994)
    German uses two sets of anaphoric pronouns, the personal pronoun set (PP) er, sie, es and the demonstrative pronoun set (DP) der, die, das. The latter set has been largely neglected in the literature, possibly because it ...
  • Subjectless sentences in English 

    Reiman, Patricia Willess (Linguistics & TESOL, 1994)
    One of the goals of modern linguistics is to develop a model of Universal Grammar which captures natural language features that are universal, while also accounting for variation among languages. Thus a much-discussed ...
  • Discourse-based evidence for an ergative analysis of Cebuano 

    Walters, Dennis (Linguistics & TESOL, 1994)
    The case-marking systems of Philippine languages have been difficult to classify as either nominative-accusative (NOM-ACC) or ergative-absolutive (ERG-ABS). The question hinges on the status of the “object-focus” clause ...
  • Diphthongization and underspecification in Kɔnni 

    Cahill, Mike (Linguistics & TESOL, 1994)
    The problems of analyzing vowels of Gur languages are well-known to those who work among them. The bulk of the difficulty in Kɔnni comes in the analysis of the mid vowels, which manifest themselves in diverse and initially ...
  • Phonetic emphasis in Tamil 

    Vinton, James E. (Linguistics & TESOL, 1994)
    The present paper is based on a study conducted following Balasubramanian’s (1981) method: a native speaker was asked to emphasize a given item in a sentence and instrumental measurements were made as to which phonetic ...
  • The variable elision of unstressed vowels in European Portuguese: a case study 

    Silva, David J. (Linguistics & TESOL, 1994)
    European varieties of Portuguese exhibit a process whereby unstressed vowels, particularly schwa, optionally undergo elision: an item such as idade ‘idea’ can be realized as [ida'd] and para Maria ‘for Maria’ may surface ...
  • Primary stress assignment in Brazilian Portuguese 

    Walters, Susan Gary (Linguistics & TESOL, 1994)
    Brazilians display a great interest in the prosody of their own language. Much classroom time is spent counting syllables, enumerating detailed rules for stress assignment and memorizing rules of diacritics used in the ...
  • Predicting near-native pronunciation in Spanish as a foreign language 

    Elliott, A. Raymond (Linguistics & TESOL, 1994)
    The objective of the present study is to examine the acquisition of pronunciation by 66 undergraduate students enrolled in three sections of an intermediate Spanish course. The data were collected during the Fall semester ...
  • The variable (th) in Dallas African American Vernacular English 

    Vinton, Virginia C. (Linguistics & TESOL, 1994)
    It is well-known that African American Vernacular English (hereafter AAVE) displays regional variation. In the case of the (th) variable, Wolfram (1969) found that AAVE speakers in Detroit used the nonstandard variants ...
  • Finding the "two" in diglossia 

    Paolillo, John C. (Linguistics & TESOL, 1994)
    Sociolinguists generally agree that a diglossic situation is one in which a single speech community employs two or more varieties of language, a H(igh) variety and a L(ow) variety, for different communicative purposes. ...
  • Lexical borrowing, creolization and basic vocabulary 

    Huttar, George L. (Linguistics & TESOL, 1994)
    This paper is concerned with two sets of questions, one from semantics and cognitive linguistics, one from diachronic linguistics and in particular creole studies. From the cognitive-semantic side, we are dealing with ...