LINGUIST List 10.330

Tue Mar 2 1999

Qs: Proficiency test, Taxonomy, "ministre", Gender

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  1. maryanto maryanto, Proficiency Tests
  2. Domenico LEMBO, Proper names and classification
  3. Julie Auger, Madame la ministre
  4. George Farrrugia, Grammatical Gender

Message 1: Proficiency Tests

Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 00:27:19 PST
From: maryanto maryanto <mmaryantohotmail.com>
Subject: Proficiency Tests

Dear Colleagues,


We are now trying to design a proficiency test in the Indonesian 
language. The tests is meant to measure people's abilities in general 
languge use. We would be grateful if you could tell us recent studies 
about TOEFL or other English proficiency tests. Could you also let us 
know the e-mail addresses by which we can make contacts with 
institutions developing the standardized tests like TOEFL?

Looking forward to hearing favourable replies.

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Message 2: Proper names and classification

Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 10:46:04 +0100 (MET)
From: Domenico LEMBO <lembounina.it>
Subject: Proper names and classification


Can anyone suggest good bibliographical references on taxonomy
of proper names?

Thanks.

D. Lembo


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Domenico LEMBO
Facolta' di Lettere - Universita' di Napoli
Via Porta di Massa 1
80134 Napoli 
ITALY

e-mail: lembounina.it
fax: 01039-081-7810828
ph: 01039-081-5800534
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Message 3: Madame la ministre

Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 12:39:10 -0500
From: Julie Auger <jaugerindiana.edu>
Subject: Madame la ministre

Hello,

I just found out from news articles on the internet that the Acadmie
franaise apparently decided in December 1998 that the word "ministre"
is masculine in French and that it should never be used in the
feminine (except in informal settings and never in writing), thereby
denying (or trying to deny) female ministers in France the right to be
addressed as "Madame la ministre". I haven't been able to find
anything, though, about the reactions that this decision has triggered
in France and in other francophone countries. Could anyone confirm
this report and tell me what the reactions have been? I'll be happy
to post or send anyone who's interested a summary of the responses.

Thanks!
Julie

 
Julie Auger
Depts. of French & Italian Tel: (812) 855-7958 (FRIT)
 and Linguistics (812) 855-7293 (Lx)
Ballantine Hall 642 (812) 856-5232 (Picard)
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave. Fax: (812) 855-8877
Indiana University Email: jaugerindiana.edu
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103
USA
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Message 4: Grammatical Gender

Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 00:04:11 +0100
From: George Farrrugia <gfar2um.edu.mt>
Subject: Grammatical Gender

Some years ago I finished my M.A. thesis on the assignment of
grammatical gender of loan-words borrowed from English in Maltese. I
am now doing research work on the acquisition of grammatical gender
in children focusing on monolingual Maltese speakers and bilingual
Maltese/English speakers. I would appreciate any help on this topic.

Please respond directly to me. 
Thank you.

George Farrugia
Mosta
Malta
gfar2um.edu.mt
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