LINGUIST List 10.411

Thu Mar 18 1999

Qs: Lang. usage, Native speakers, U.S. newspapers

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  1. Dr. James Au Yeung, Survey on language usage and stuttering
  2. Peter Oehl, Native Speakers Wanted II
  3. Maite Taboada, Information on USA Today

Message 1: Survey on language usage and stuttering

Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 16:01:44 +0000
From: Dr. James Au Yeung <>
Subject: Survey on language usage and stuttering

Dear all,

Our research group (from Psycholgy, UCL) is currently undertaking a
survey into the relationship between bilingualism/multilingualism and
stuttering. It should take only 5-10 minutes to fill in the
questionnaire on the WWW.

Although the study seems to be interested in bilingual speakers, the
participation of monolingual speakers ARE VITAL to our study as well.
We need a base line to compare the results.

This survey can now be accessed through the internet at:
and more information can be found at:

The results of our questionnaire are updated automatically each day
and are posted at:

for those interested.
I would be happy to send out hardcopy of the questionnaire if
We would appreciate your participation and please circulate this
James Au-Yeung, PhD
Senior Research Fellow

Department of Psychology
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
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Message 2: Native Speakers Wanted II

Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 11:28:12 +0100
From: Peter Oehl <oehlIMS.Uni-Stuttgart.DE>
Subject: Native Speakers Wanted II

Dear collegues over the whole world,

First of all I want to give thanks to all of you who replied to my
first mail. The data with which you provided me will support my
comparative work very much.

Second, I want to start a further request. For my dissertation on the
comparative syntax of sentential complements in Indo European, I still
need data from some language groups. Above all, I would like to have
more insights into the Indo-Iranian languages. To have data from
Albanian and some more from Slavonic would be nice, too.

The idea is to have exactly the same sentences in each language.
Therefore I would like to send a list of about 15 short sentences to
you, either in English, French or German. I would ask you to translate
them to your language and give glosses.

At the moment I cannot offer more than my appreciation. Of course I
would offer any help I could give with my native knowledge of German
and my technical know how in grammatical theory.

Thank you for consideration,

Peter Oehl


Peter Oehl
Graduate Program of the University of Stuttgart
"Linguistische Grundlagen fuer die Sprachverarbeitung"
(Linguistic Foundations of Language Processing)
Institut fuer Linguistik/Germanistik
Universitaet Stuttgart - Postfach 10 60 37 - D-70049 Stuttgart - Germany

Tel.: 0049 - 711 - 121 - 34 57 FAX.: 0049 - 711 - 121 - 31 41
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Message 3: Information on USA Today

Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 20:23:32 -0700
From: Maite Taboada <>
Subject: Information on USA Today

Dear Linguists,

A colleague of mine is doing research on argumentation structure in
U.S. newspapers. She would like to have some up-to-date information
about them: sales, degree of sensationalism, circulation, etc. She is
especially interested in USA Today, and how it compares to other
national newspapers in readership. Would any of you know where she can
access such data?

You can e-mail her directly:

Isabel Alonso

Thanks in her name,

- Maite Taboada

Maite Taboada
Department of Linguistics Ph: (780) 492-3480
4-20 Assiniboia Hall Fax: (780) 492-0806
University of Alberta e-mail:
Edmonton, Alberta or:
T6G 2E7 Canada
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