LINGUIST List 11.1611

Tue Jul 25 2000

Qs: Algonquin Morphology, Analog/Digital Sound

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  1. Carl Jeffrey Weber, Algonquin Morphology
  2. Debra Spitulnik, questions about analog/digital sound

Message 1: Algonquin Morphology

Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2000 17:48:54 -0500
From: Carl Jeffrey Weber <>
Subject: Algonquin Morphology

I am in need of the expertise of Algonquin scholars on aspects of
morphology. I have been doing research on the etymology of 'Chicago'
for my newspaper column, and believe I have touched all the bases --
from extensive cartographic investigations, histories, Bloomfield's
Algonquin studies, etc. What I have not come across is a rigorous
attempt to break the word into its morphemic components.

 Carl Jeffrey Weber
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Message 2: questions about analog/digital sound

Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 14:36:40 -0400
From: Debra Spitulnik <>
Subject: questions about analog/digital sound

Dear Colleagues:

I have 2 questions about analog/digital sound files:

(1) what software and hardware works best for converting analog audio
recordings into digital sound files?

(2) what software works best for doing basic edits to digital sound
files (e.g. clean up background noise; cut and splice)?

I am currently in the process of developing a digital linguistic corpus
for the Bantu language, Bemba, which is spoken in Zambia. I have over
200 hours of analog audio tapes of naturally occurring discourse,
collected in field recordings and recorded from radio broadcasts. Most
of the material is on 90 minute analog audio tapes. Individual
recording events run 5 minutes-60 minutes, and I wish to store them as
separate files in the digital format.

Thank you for any advice on this.

Debra Spitulnik

Department of Anthropology tel: 404-727-3651
Emory University fax: 404-727-2860
1557 Pierce Drive email:
Atlanta, GA 30322 USA
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