LINGUIST List 14.92

Fri Jan 10 2003

Qs: Use of Minidiscs, Writing Systems

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  1. Lynne Murphy, Minidisc Use in the Field and Lab
  2. Benedetta Bassetti, Writing systems and linguistic analysis

Message 1: Minidisc Use in the Field and Lab

Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 16:35:28 -0000
From: Lynne Murphy <>
Subject: Minidisc Use in the Field and Lab

Steven Keiser's recent posting discusses the usability of minidiscs in
recording acoustic data. I recently decided against using minidisc
technology in the development of a corpus of spoken language because
it seemed like transcription would be difficult (since there doesn't
seem to be such a thing as a minidisc dictaphone transcriber). Does
anyone have a way around this problem?

Thanks in advance,
Lynne Murphy

Dr M Lynne Murphy
Lecturer in Linguistics

School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
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Message 2: Writing systems and linguistic analysis

Date: Thu, 09 Jan 2003 16:32:58 +0000
From: Benedetta Bassetti <>
Subject: Writing systems and linguistic analysis

Dear Linguists,

I am a PhD student trying to complete her literature review, and I
would be extremely grateful for your help.

I am trying to put together a list of researchers who proposed that
the writing system/orthography affects
1)	the metalinguistic awareness of the folk linguist; or
2)	the linguistic analysis of the professional linguist; or
3)	both. 

The idea is that those linguistic units that are represented in the
writing system become the units of linguistic analysis for the
layperson and/or for the linguist. For instance, an alphabetic writing
system generates phonemic awareness in its readers and the concept of
phoneme in linguist theorizing. These never develop in readers of
syllabic writing systems and in their linguistic tradition.

I am already aware of the work of Aronoff, Bugarski, Derwing, Harris,
Householder, Linell, Olson, Scholes and Vachek. And here are my
1)	Whom did I leave out? 
2)	Who criticized this view? 
3)	Who provided evidence against it?

I thank you in advance for any help and I promise I will post a

Best wishes of a happy new year!

Benedetta Bassetti

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Benedetta Bassetti
PhD student
University of Essex, UK 
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