LINGUIST List 11.2465

Tue Nov 14 2000

Qs: Mass vs. Count Nouns,Speech Analysis Software

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  1. Julio Viejo, Mass Nouns vs. Count Nouns
  2. Robert Inglis, Speech Analysis Software

Message 1: Mass Nouns vs. Count Nouns

Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 13:44:45 +0100
From: Julio Viejo <>
Subject: Mass Nouns vs. Count Nouns

In Asturian language, there is grammatical opposition between count and
mass nouns, reflected in their morphological concordances with adjetives or
pronouns. So, we distinguish:

	Papel blancU (count noun: "a white piece of paper")// papel blancO (mass
noun "white paper [as a material]")// papeles blancOS (plural: "white

	Mazana roxA (count noun: "a red apple")// mazana roxO (mass noun: "the
whole class of apples of this colour")// mazanes roxES (plural: "red

	This morphological opposition is known, in different ways, in many other
languages (English, some Italian dialects, dialectal Spanish, Indian
languages like Wintun, ...). 
	I am looking for information about all human languages with similar
characteristic, as well as bibliography in other languages than Spanish
about count and mass nouns, particularly (but not exclusively) from a
cognitive and pragmatic perspective.
	You may send information to (Julio Viejo
Fern´┐Żndez, Departament of Spanish Philology, University of Oviedo,
Asturies-Spain	).

		Thank you.
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Message 2: Speech Analysis Software

Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 09:10:32 GMT
From: Robert Inglis <>
Subject: Speech Analysis Software


I'm doing so work involving speech analysis, and I was wondering if anyone 
could help me locate a source for an inexpensive speech analysis software 
program? I need a program that will split a given sound wave into its 
components -- Volume and Pitch ('Fundamental Frequency'). I've found some 
programs that do do this, but they are prohibitively expensive --- does 
anyone know of any such program that's free or shareware or something of the 

R. Inglis
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