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13085Re: [ANE-2] A New Year's Question: "suffix pronoun" vs "pronominal suffix"

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  • Peter T. Daniels
    Jan 1, 2011
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      There is absolutely no reason not to use a noun-noun collocation in English! For
      instance rye bread, arithmetic book. (In the latter you can see that it's two
      nouns because "arithmetic" is pronounced with its noun stress aRITHmetic and not
      its adjective stress arithMETic.) (Note also noun stress, not nominal stress;
      adjective stress, not adjectival stress.) Compare physics textbook, which could
      be either a physical textbook or a virtual textbook.

      Note also that "pronoun suffix" was not considered in the original study -- cf.
      gender suffix (not generic suffix), number suffix (not numeric(al) suffix).
       --
      Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
      Jersey City




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      From: Douglas Petrovich <dp@...>
      To: ANE-2@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sat, January 1, 2011 2:20:50 PM
      Subject: [ANE-2] A New Year's Question: "suffix pronoun" vs "pronominal suffix"

       
      Bob,

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      Technically speaking, "suffix pronoun" features two nouns, and thus is
      grammatically incorrect in English. The only legitimate alternative would be to
      hyphenate the words ("suffix-pronoun"), which essentially is the cowardly way
      out. So, one is left to ask, "Is it a suffix, or is it a pronoun?" This is what
      has led several of our respondents to suggest "suffixed pronoun" as a viable
      alternative.
       
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