LINGUIST List 12.1829

Mon Jul 16 2001

Qs: Langs & Time Words, Dictionary/Plaintext/ASCII

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  1. Dan Everett, Re:12.1795, Sum: Terms for 'Yesterday' and 'Tomorrow'
  2. Scott A. Golder, plaintext (ASCII) dictionary

Message 1: Re:12.1795, Sum: Terms for 'Yesterday' and 'Tomorrow'

Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 14:01:54 -0500
From: Dan Everett <Dan.Everettman.ac.uk>
Subject: Re:12.1795, Sum: Terms for 'Yesterday' and 'Tomorrow'

The summary on words for 'yesterday' and 'tomorrow' made me wonder if other
languages might be like Piraha, an Amazonian language, in this respect. In
Piraha, there are no time words. There is a word meaning 'other fire', which
means, in effect, 'not today'. There are no specific time words in Piraha,
aside from 'now'. There is no word, for example, for 'year', for 'month'
(they can use '1 water cycle' for 'year' and 'moon' for 'month', but there
are no dedicated terms for these or other time words). Are there other
languages without such words?

Dan Everett
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Message 2: plaintext (ASCII) dictionary

Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2001 13:35:11 -0400 (EDT)
From: Scott A. Golder <golderfas.harvard.edu>
Subject: plaintext (ASCII) dictionary


I'm in search of a moderately comprehensive plaintext (ASCII)
dictionary that includes part-of-speech information. Ideally,
it is in a format from which it would be trivial to parse out
(a) the word, and (b) the part of speech. Definitions, etc.
purely optional, but helpful. Does anyone know where I might
find one of these? Surprisingly, Project Gutenberg does not
contain a dictionary.

Thanks,

Scott

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Scott A. Golder
Concentrator in Linguistics
Harvard College '03
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