LINGUIST List 10.457

Sun Mar 28 1999

Qs: Whistling languages, Nasal stops, Logic

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  1. Bruce Downing, Whistling languages
  2. David Gil, Preoralized nasal stops
  3. Marco Antonio Young Rabines, Logic for undegraduate students of linguistics

Message 1: Whistling languages

Date: Sat, 27 Mar 1999 14:00:04 -0600
From: Bruce Downing <>
Subject: Whistling languages

As a composer I am interested in the tonal aspects of language: in
inflection as a means of imparting shades of meaning; and especially,
in languages where tones in and of themselves carry meaning.

Some years ago I recall reading of a Whistling Language from the
Canary Islands, used in the recent past. I would much appreciate
receiving information about recordings of *any* whistling language,
and also 'yodelling' languages (if these exist). Please respond to me
privately at: . 

All information received will be consolidated and posted to this list
at a later date.

Thank you.

Judith Lang Zaimont
Professor of Composition
School of Music - University of Minnesota

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Message 2: Preoralized nasal stops

Date: Sat, 27 Mar 1999 14:14:19 +0100
From: David Gil <>
Subject: Preoralized nasal stops

Can anybody provide references, pointers, or other tips with regard to
"preoralized" nasal stops, such as [pm], [tn], etc.?

(During a recent field trip to Sumatra, Indonesia, I came across a
language which seems to have a phonological process of preoralization
of final nasal stops. I seem to recollect similar sounds being
reported in Borneo, by Jim Collins and others. Is there anything like
this in other parts of the world?)

David Gil

Department of Linguistics
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Inselstrasse 22, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany

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Message 3: Logic for undegraduate students of linguistics

Date: Sat, 27 Mar 1999 09:11:01 -0500
From: Marco Antonio Young Rabines <>
Subject: Logic for undegraduate students of linguistics

Dear list subscribers:

I would like to know if there are any courses of logic for
undergraduate students of linguistics. Most courses of logic for
linguists I've found belong to graduate programmes (like those
interesting but "hardcore" ones at UPENN, Stanford or the like). I
would very much appreciate information on Departments, syllabi,
bibliography, on-line resources (lessons, exercises, software (in
english, spanish, catalan, french or portuguese)), etc. and hints on
what would be useful for undergraduate students who have only taken an
introductory course of logic.

Marco Antonio Young
Department of Linguistics
Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos
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