LINGUIST List 13.459

Tue Feb 19 2002

Qs: Lang Use in Relocated Lang Communities, Stress

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  1. John & Debbie Clifton, language use in relocated language communities
  2. Joaquim Brand�ode Carvalho, VOT and stress

Message 1: language use in relocated language communities

Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2002 17:58:42 +0400
From: John & Debbie Clifton <>
Subject: language use in relocated language communities

I am posting the following request for information for a student of
mine. Please send all replies to Calvin Tiessen:
<>. He has agreed to post a summary.

Talysh is a less-widely-spoken language in the south of Azerbaijan and
the north of Iran. Most speakers of Talysh are also relatively
proficient in their use of the national language, Azerbaijani. I am
currently involved in research regarding language use and attitudes
among members of the Talysh community in Azerbaijan who have moved
from their traditionally rural locations to the urban communities in
and around Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, where Azerbajani and
Russian are the languages of wider communication.

I have had difficulty locating literature discussing language use and
attitudes elsewhere in similar situations. I would appreciate any
suggestions anyone might have regarding appropriate literature, and
will post a summary.
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Message 2: VOT and stress

Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 13:41:57 +0100
From: Joaquim Brand�ode Carvalho <>
Subject: VOT and stress

Dear colleagues,

I am working on the possible relationships between VOT and stress. I 
am concerned in particular with alternations as the one shown by 
proto-Germanic (Verner's law) or by chinook (E. Sapir, Sound patterns 
in language, 1925) :

WApul "night" / waBULmax "nights"
(capitals = stressed syllable)

My questions are :

(1) Do you know of other examples of such alternations?

(2) Do you know of cases in which VOT either behaves differently :
i.e. *WAbul / *waPULmax,
or involves another feature :
e.g. *WAphul / *waPULmax ?

(3) In any case, could you please let me know the basic rule 
governing stress directionality in the language(s) at issue 
(left>right or right>left)?

Thank you very much for your help. I'll post a summary of the responses.

Joaquim Brandao de Carvalho
320, rue des Pyr�n�es
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Departement de linguistique
Faculte des Sciences Humaines et Sociales - Sorbonne
Universite Rene Descartes - Paris V
CNRS : UMR 7018, GDR 1954

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