Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1993 13:57:50 -0800 From: "Thomas L. Clark" Subject: Re: some U.S. "Midland" regional Dennis, "Tentativity" intrigues me. What would you do with: 1) I am trying to get a grant. 2) I want to get a grant. 3) I am wanting to get a grant. 4) I try to get a grant. Suddenly, # 4 seems more "tentative." The subtext is "No matter how often I apply, I seem not to succeed." #3 seems less "tentative," subtext being, "I am not applying to enough places." tlc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Your message dated: Sat, 11 Dec 1993 20:18:00 EST -------- > I believe what Don Lance calls 'tentativity' as a feature of some progressive ***s > (e.g., 'Are you wanting to make an appointment') is essentially the same thin ***g > I expressed in an earlier reaction to this query. I still believe, however, > that negative expectation has greater generalization for the feature we are > trying (or should I say wanting) to tease out. > Dennis Preston > <22709mgr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]msu.bitnet> ------------------------------------------------------- Thomas L. Clark English Department UNLV 89154 tlc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]