LINGUIST List 15.2811
Thu Oct 07 2004
Qs: Hebrew Syllabification;Arabic Written Script Speed
Editor for this issue: Naomi Fox <foxlinguistlist.org>
Hebrew Syllabification/Morpheme Boundaries
Written Script Speed/Arabic
Message 1: Hebrew Syllabification/Morpheme Boundaries
From: Dafna Graf <D.Graflet.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: Hebrew Syllabification/Morpheme Boundaries
In my research on the interaction between phonology and morphology in Modern
Hebrew, I'm looking into - among other things - the results of syllabification
across morpheme boundaries. This is an old issue, of course, but then OT offers
a platform for new analyses of old observations.
Specifically, I'm interested in the integration of an affix into the
root/stem/PrWd in relation to its segmental make-up. In Hebrew, a rather trivial
example, the crucial factor is whether the segment that attaches to the stem is a
consonant or a vowel.
Other languages differentiate prefixes-suffixes, may integrate some affixes but not
others, phonotactic restrictions may cause infixation etc. I'm interested in
collecting material to that effect from across languages, and so ask any of you
who's working on or is well familiar with phenomena of that kind to mail a short
description with examples, if possible.
If there are any interesting results I will of course summarize them and post
them to the Linguist List.
Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Phonology
Subject Language(s): Hebrew (HBR)
Message 2: Written Script Speed/Arabic
From: Liana Lorigo <lianacedar.buffalo.edu>
Subject: Written Script Speed/Arabic
Dear Linguist subscribers,
I found two web pages saying that Arabic is the fastest-written script in the
world, one of which mentioned a study in which scholars in major scripts
hand-wrote text for periods of time, and output volumes were compared.
However, these pages did not give proper references to support this claim.
Does anyone know how I could find such a reference, or something similar? I am
especially interested in the Arabic script.
Thank you very much.
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
State University of New York at Buffalo
Linguistic Field(s): Writing Systems
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard (ABV)
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