LINGUIST List 14.3401

Tue Dec 9 2003

Qs: Ecology/Lang Source; Data Elicitation

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  1. Daniel Barragan, Ecology of language early references
  2. Jason Malone, Eliciting cognitive prototypes through judgment

Message 1: Ecology of language early references

Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2003 18:37:29 -0500 (EST)
From: Daniel Barragan <>
Subject: Ecology of language early references

Early references to an ecological approach in linguistics are Voegelin
& Voegelin (1964), Voegelin, Voegelin & Schutz (1967), and, of course,
Haugen (1971/1972). Authors indicate that Haugen's paper was ''based
on a lecture given in 1970'' (Mtalk given in August, 1970'' (Fill
1998/2001: 43). But, does anyone know in which
conference/colloquium/symposium the paper was read?

Van Lier (2000: 251) points to an earlier reference to the ecology of
language: John Trim in his ''Historical, descrptive and dynamic
linguistics'', Language and Speech 2: 9-25, 1959. Does anyone know
the passage where Trim makes reference to (or defines) the ecology of

Thanks in advance,
Daniel Barragan
Universidad de Guadalajara
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Message 2: Eliciting cognitive prototypes through judgment

Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2003 00:12:14 -0500 (EST)
From: Jason Malone <>
Subject: Eliciting cognitive prototypes through judgment

Dear Linguists,

I am finishing my master's degree in linguistics and have run into
some trouble regarding the methodology section of my thesis. My
thesis attempts to show how underlying syntactic/semantic cognitive
schema differ between L1 speakers of English and ESL speakers whose
first language is Spanish regarding the English verb 'get'. I want to
give a survey to both groups to try and elicit a prototypical usage of
this verb and then show how these cogniive prototypes differ from each
other. I also want to test for how meaning constructions other than
that chosen as the prototype cognitively relate to the prototype in
the mind of the speaker (maybe through a ranking system of some
type) and show what variation exists both within and between these
groups. Basically, I'm having trouble creating an instrument to elicit
verbal prototypes for polysemic light verbs. If anyone knows of any
previous studies that I can use to guide my efforts or has any ideas
on how to conduct this your help would be greatly, greatly


Jason Malone
MATESOL Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
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