LINGUIST List 13.1096

Sat Apr 20 2002

Qs: Materials/Intro Course, Phonemes & Biology

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  1. Robert Hagiwara, Intro A/V Materials
  2. mariano de vierna y carles-tolr�, What is known about phonems biology?

Message 1: Intro A/V Materials

Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 11:12:32 -0500
From: Robert Hagiwara <robhcc.UManitoba.CA>
Subject: Intro A/V Materials

I'd like to compile a list or bibliography of A/V materials (films,
videos, CDs, etc.) suitable for introductory linguistics classes (both
intro courses for general students and early courses for linguistics

If you use any such materials regularly and successfully, please
forward (to my private e-mail, below) the title and format. If
possible, please also include running times, producer/distributer
information, and any comments about the work or how you use it that
you want to share.

I'm told TEACH-LING may already have such a list. If anyone
participates in TEACH-LING and is willing to share, I'd appreciate it.
Naturally I will be happy to share the results of this query with

Rob Hagiwara

Linguistics Department
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V5
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Message 2: What is known about phonems biology?

Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2002 12:40:49 +0200
From: mariano de vierna y carles-tolr� <>
Subject: What is known about phonems biology?

I would like to know what you think or, also, information about what
can be the biological base for such tiny language units as are
phonems. Well, let me explain it better, phonems have an articulatory
aspect wich is biological, may be to this respect it is more relevant
the mode of articulation (stop, fricative) than the point of
articulation (labial, dental, alveolar, etcetera. There is also a
biological aspect in hearing. Nevertheless, what I try to ask for is
if are known or if there are theories about the neurological aspects
either of phonems perception or of generation and how is the
capability to use phonems relatable to the genetic and epigenetic
questions. Particularly if phonems could be considered innate or if
they depend in other features like a deeper capability for patterns
cognition and abstraction (relational asociation of different kinds of

I hope to have been able to clarify enought the interrogation. I wait
for your ideas or information.

Your cordially,

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