LINGUIST List 15.1681

Mon May 31 2004

Qs: Ling Database Software; Consonant Devoicing

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  1. Steven Moran, Linguistic Database Software
  2. Yuri Tambovtsev, Devoicing of Consonants

Message 1: Linguistic Database Software

Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 15:43:41 -0400 (EDT)
From: Steven Moran <>
Subject: Linguistic Database Software

Dear Listers,

In order to do as extensive a review of linguistic database software
as possible, we would like to query the linguistic community regarding
which software field linguists (and language researchers) use, and

Please send us an email listing the database software you have tried
or the software you prefer to use. If you could also provide the
criteria you find essential for linguistic databasing, we would truly
appreciate it.

Please send your responses to:

A summary will be posted to the list.

Thank you,

Marisa Ferrara & Steven Moran
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Message 2: Devoicing of Consonants

Date: Sat, 29 May 2004 15:27:51 +0600
From: Yuri Tambovtsev <>
Subject: Devoicing of Consonants

Dear Linguistlist colleagues, 

Many of you are working with different phonetic laws, old and new, in
different languages of the world, so you may know. I'm interested in
devoicing of consonants at the end of the word, not only in Slavonic,
but all world languages. It looks like devoicing does not depend on
the language family since in the same language family there are
languages with and without devoicing. Even in language groups, which
are smaller language taxons, there may be languages with and without
devoicing at the end of the word: e.g. in the Germanic group of the
Indo-European language family - in German there is devoicing, but in
English there is no devoicing. In the Slavonic group of the
Indo-European family: devoicing in Russian, Belorussian, Czech,
Slovak, Polish, Bulgarian, Macedonian and Slovene, but no devoicing in
Serbian, Croatian, Old Russian or Ukrainian. I wonder if devoicing is
the new tendency in languages or on the contrary, the old phonetic
law? Was there devoicing at the end of words in Old Greek, Latin,
Hebrew, old Persian, Sanscrit, old Turkic, etc?

Looking forward to your opinions to

Be well! Remain yours most respectfully 

Yuri Tambovtsev
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