LINGUIST List 11.2621

Sun Dec 3 2000

Qs: Spectrography/Voiceprints, Playground Language

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  1. Robert Inglis, Spectrography/Voiceprint analysis
  2. Dick Hudson, Playground language

Message 1: Spectrography/Voiceprint analysis

Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 09:19:52
From: Robert Inglis <>
Subject: Spectrography/Voiceprint analysis


This is just to follow up on a posting that I made a short while ago 
regarding speech analysis software, and the response was terrific. I'm on 
the right foot now; however, I have a few, technical questions left related 
to this subject - in particular, to do with sound spectrography and 
voiceprint analysis. I think I need to get a private discourse going to 
clear things up, so I'm asking if anyone is knowledgeable and willing to 
answer some of my pressing questions? Please email back to me at the 
address below. Thank you.

Robert Inglis
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Message 2: Playground language

Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 17:36:24 +0000
From: Dick Hudson <>
Subject: Playground language

Dear Colleague,
One of my students is studying the 'playground language' used by children
in her old primary school, with a view to discovering how far the
traditions have changed over time and how far they are similar to
traditions in other local schools and in other regions. She's looking at
the range of linguistic patterns covered by Opie and Opie in "The Lore and
Language of Schoolchildren", e.g.:
# truce terms (pax, croggies, ...)
# counting-out rhymes (one potato, two potato, ..)
# skipping rhymes 
# claims (bags I ...)

Can anyone suggest any literature on this topic, either in UK or elsewhere
(not necessarily in English)? We've tried searching the obvious databases
using the obvious key words (e.g. playground language) but found nothing.

If there's a significant response I'll summarise back to the lists on which
I've broadcast this message.
	Dick Hudson

Richard (= Dick) Hudson

Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London, 
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.
+44(0)20 7679 3152; fax +44(0)20 7383 4108;
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