LINGUIST List 15.1608

Thu May 20 2004

Qs: Eliciting Minimal Pairs; Bengali Word Frequency

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  1. Flavia Chetcuti, Eliciting Minimal Pairs
  2. Hia Datta, Help with Bengali word frequency resource

Message 1: Eliciting Minimal Pairs

Date: Tue, 18 May 2004 04:55:37 -0400 (EDT)
From: Flavia Chetcuti <>
Subject: Eliciting Minimal Pairs

Dear Linguists, 

I am a post-graduate student in linguistics doing research on
different varieties of Maltese. I need to elicit specific minimal
pairs in an informal situation in order to analyse their vowel
formants. I have been finding it very difficult to decide on the
methodology to use in eliciting this informal data, as most tasks that
could be given to participants would formalise the situation. I would
be interested in receiving any suggestions anyone might have with
respect to eliciting minimal pairs in an informal situation, that is,
in a situation where participants use dialectal varieties.

Thanking you in advance, 


Subject-Language: Maltese;Rural West Maltese;Standard Maltese; Code: MLS 
Language-Family: Semitic; Code: AFF 
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Message 2: Help with Bengali word frequency resource

Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 12:58:46 -0400 (EDT)
From: Hia Datta <>
Subject: Help with Bengali word frequency resource

I am a PhD student at the Graduate Center, City University of New
York. I am interested in doing my dissertation on attrition of Bengali
in Bengali-English speakers. I am looking for resources that provide
information on WORD FREQUENCY in BENGALI. I have already tried the New
York Public Library and a web-search but that has not been too
fruitful. I have tried contacting some people in in India - but
haven't gotten anything yet. Could someone please help?

Thank you so much. 

Hia Datta 
Doctoral student
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences 
The Graduate Center, CUNY 
365 Fifth Ave 
New York, NY 10016 

PH. NO 212 817 8859
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