LINGUIST List 10.1673

Thu Nov 4 1999

Qs: Ling/Soc-Econ Development,Semantics/Speech&Lang

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  1. Niladri Sekhar Dash, Ling vis-a-vis Socio-economic development
  2. I. Mennen, Semantics for speech & language therapy students

Message 1: Ling vis-a-vis Socio-economic development

Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 10:11:35 -0500 (EST)
From: Niladri Sekhar Dash <>
Subject: Ling vis-a-vis Socio-economic development

Presently we are going to start a project "Linguistics vis-a-vis 
Socio-economic development". Our assumption is that the economic and social 
development has a strong impact on the devlopment of the languge of a 
society and vice versa. Our primary investigation shows that the 
economically undeveloped or backward society cannot understand finer 
metaphorical terms and words even though expressed in their own language. 
For instance, if we say "the winter sighs" to the Jaroa tribe, an aboriginal 
tribe in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of the Bay of Bengal, even in their 
own language, they are not able to understand the metaphorical meaning of 
the phrase.
We would appreciate if any one can refer some articles or books on this 
area. This list would be presented in the Linguist list too.
We come to know some one from London School of Economics has done a doctoral 
dissertation on this area. We would be grateful if anybody can enlight us 
about this.
Niladri Sekhar Dash
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Unit
Indian Statistical Institute
203, B. T. Road.
Calcutta - 700 035.
mail : <>

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Message 2: Semantics for speech & language therapy students

Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 15:47:51 GMT0BST
From: I. Mennen <>
Subject: Semantics for speech & language therapy students

I am running a course in semantics for first year undergraduates in 
speech and language sciences. I was wondering whether there are 
any textbooks (apart from David Crystal's 'Clinical Linguistics) 
which are specifically aimed at speech and language 
therapists/students? I would be grateful for any information on this 

Ineke Mennen
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Dr Ineke Mennen 
Department of Speech 
King George VI Building 
University of Newcastle
Queen Victoria Road tel. 0191-2228297
Newcastle-upon-Tyne fax. 0191-2226518
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