LINGUIST List 15.1635

Mon May 24 2004

Qs: English Tense Survey; Ukranian Devoicing

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  1. Katrin Voigt, Looking for participants for online experiment
  2. Yuri Tambovtsev, are Ukrainian voiced consonants devoiced at the end of the word?

Message 1: Looking for participants for online experiment

Date: Sun, 23 May 2004 10:47:24 -0400 (EDT)
From: Katrin Voigt <voigthrz.tu-chemnitz.de>
Subject: Looking for participants for online experiment

I am a Phd student at Chemnitz University of Technology (Germany) and
I am writing a Phd thesis in the field of English linguistics. My
paper is concerned with ''Cognitive Models of English Tense/Aspect
Forms: Present Perfect and Simple Past''.

I am currently running an online experiment with which I would like to
find out in which contexts the present perfect is used correctly and
what kind of thoughts are involved in choosing between alternative
tense/aspect forms. The experiment consists of three parts
(demographic information, pre- or posttest (grammaticality judging and
correction of 9 sentences partly taken from Patricia East 1992 and
correction of mistakes),and the experiment (10 situation descriptions
and a continuation for which either a present perfect or simple past
verb form needs to be chosen/supplied). According to my experience the
experiment takes about 20 minutes.

I'd be grateful for participants with various mother tongues and
different levels of English. I'd suggest this experiment to university
students and linguists all over the world. The more people take part,
the more detailed my picture about the present perfect will finally
become. Thank you very much!

URL: www.tu-chemnitz.de/projekt/elearning/Grammar

For more information please send me an email.

Katrin Voigt 
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Message 2: are Ukrainian voiced consonants devoiced at the end of the word?

Date: Fri, 14 May 2004 19:52:56 +0600
From: Yuri Tambovtsev <yutambmail.cis.ru>
Subject: are Ukrainian voiced consonants devoiced at the end of the word?

Dear LinguistList members, thank you so much for your answers about
devoicing at the end of the word in your own native languages. Could
you tell me if I can see and get some texts in your native
language. Is there a web-site for some writers or poets? Or at least
some newspaper web-sites?

Summing up all your answers it looks that all Slavonic languages have
the devoicing of the voiced consonants like b, d, g at the end of the
word. Thus, "b, d, g" turn into "p, t, k". It is interesting to find
out that some Ukrainians agree that there is devoicing at the end of
the word, while other Ukrainians disagree. They do not devoice their
b, d, g. I'm looking forward to hearing from you to yutambhotmail.com

Remain yours most sincerely and gratefully 

Yuri Tambovtsev
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