LINGUIST List 13.1719

Mon Jun 17 2002

Qs: "Callan" Method, Orthographic Glossolalia

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  1. Tomasz Wojciechowski, The Callan Method
  2. Steven Bird, orthographic glossolalia

Message 1: The Callan Method

Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002 06:44:00 +0000
From: Tomasz Wojciechowski <>
Subject: The Callan Method


I've been working as a Callan teacher in Poland for two years
now. And, sadly enough, I must admit I see very little progress in my
students. I'm quitting this job in two weeks' time. Yet, I would like
to know the opinions about the effectiveness of the method as seen by
the professional linguists are. And what's wrong with the method?
Well, I think there's something wrong with it. 


Tomasz Wojciechowski
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Message 2: orthographic glossolalia

Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 13:06:49 EDT
From: Steven Bird <>
Subject: orthographic glossolalia

Back in 1995 this list saw a discussion of speaking in tongues, or
glossolalia [e.g.].

Recently I was furnished with materials that seem like orthographic
glossolalia. The written form is in its own orthography and
apparently spiritually inspired, and the writer is subsequently able
to read the material. Page scans and an audio recording are available
online at [].

1. Is this a writing system? (why/why not?)
2. Does the oral performance count as reading? (why/why not?)
3. If the oral performance is not reading, is it glossolalia?

N.B. A nice overview and literature review on glossolalia is available
at []

Steven Bird

Assoc Director, LDC; Adj Assoc Prof, CIS & Linguistics
Linguistic Data Consortium, University of Pennsylvania
3615 Market St, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2608

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