LINGUIST List 13.223

Mon Jan 28 2002

Qs: Tamil Nouns, Pragmatics/L2 Learners in Movies

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  1. Wiltrud Mihatsch, Tamil nouns
  2. Paul Smyth, L2 Learners in Movies

Message 1: Tamil nouns

Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 15:03:40 +0100
From: Wiltrud Mihatsch <>
Subject: Tamil nouns

Dear native speakers of Tamil,

We are a typological research project studying words for body parts in
a large sample of languages and we are currently collecting data in
Tamil. Since the word lists and dictionaries give us quite
inconsistent information we urgently need Tamil speakers who can help
us with their intuition. Could you please tell us what the unmarked
expressions of the body part terms listed below are in modern everyday

We look forward to hearing from you,

Reinhild Steinberg and Wiltrud Mihatsch

(We will post a summary)

1. forehead
2. eye
3. eyebrow
4. eyelid
5. eyelash
6. eyeball
7. eye pupil
8. head
9. skull
10. face
11. hair (head, body)
12. mouth
13. lip
14. beard
15. moustache
16. chin
17. jaw
18. lower jaw
19. nose
20. nostril
21. ear
22. earlobe
23. temple
24. cheek
25. cheek-bone
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Message 2: L2 Learners in Movies

Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2002 12:22:44 -0500
From: Paul Smyth <>
Subject: L2 Learners in Movies

I am doing research into the acquisition of pragmatics by second
language learners.

I am compiling a list of video (movie) sources which contain scenes of
teachers and students interacting (e.g. "Stand And
Deliver"). Suggestions about potential additions to my list, or
previously compiled lists would be appreciated.

Paul Smyth
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