LINGUIST List 11.1313

Mon Jun 12 2000

Qs: Recorder Advice,Double-Infinitive Filter

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  1. HMooney, Fieldwork recorder advice
  2. Norvin Richards, Italian Double-Infinitive Filter

Message 1: Fieldwork recorder advice

Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 19:55:47 -0700
From: HMooney <>
Subject: Fieldwork recorder advice

I'm looking for an extremely small and portable recording device to use while
doing fieldwork this summer. The ideal machine would be pocket size, would have
a built-in voice activated mic, hi-sensitivity, have removable/replaceable
media, but ideally would not use tape (I don't like tape: a magnetic or optical
medium would be ideal.). I'd like to be able to just walk into a situation,
switch it on, and have it record everything that happens.

 Any suggestions?

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Message 2: Italian Double-Infinitive Filter

Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 16:18:26 -0400
From: Norvin Richards <norvinMIT.EDU>
Subject: Italian Double-Infinitive Filter

I've been doing some work related to the "double-infinitive filter",
reported by Longobardi for Italian, which rules out (under some
circumstances) sequences consisting of more than one infinitive:

*Paolo potrebbe sembrare dormire tranquillamente
 Paolo could INF-seem INF-sleep quietly

Does anyone know of other languages that exhibit such a filter? If
there's enough interest, I'll generate a summary.

- Norvin Richards

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