LINGUIST List 15.861

Fri Mar 12 2004

Qs: MA TESL/TEFL Programs; Prenuclear Glides

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  1. Karen Stanley, MA TESL/TEFL programs - what's the ideal?
  2. George yang, about prenuclear glides

Message 1: MA TESL/TEFL programs - what's the ideal?

Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 07:34:48 -0500 (EST)
From: Karen Stanley <>
Subject: MA TESL/TEFL programs - what's the ideal?

A friend of mine (not in either ESL/EFL or linguistics) is 
teaching at a US university. The university is thinking 
of adding an MA TESL/TEFL degree. Regardless of whether you 
think we need another MA program, I'm interested in providing
feedback to her on:

(a) what you think ought to always be included in an
MA TESL/TEFL program,
(b) if you got an MA in TESL/TEFL yourself, what you are 
thankful was in *your* program, and what you wish *had* 
been included (but wasn't), or what was included but
you think wasn't particularly useful
(c) if you know of any exemplary programs that you
would recommend
(d) any other useful advice you would give

Karen Stanley
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA 
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Message 2: about prenuclear glides

Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 09:26:30 -0500 (EST)
From: George yang <>
Subject: about prenuclear glides

Dear linguists and experts here

This is a Chinese linguistics graduate student. I am working on my
master thesis related to the status of prenuclear glides in Chinese
syllables. Asis known to all, this issue, not only in Chinese but also
in many other languages, is quite controversial. As far as the Chinese
prenuclear glides are concerned, the present view is that there is
non-unified status. I intend to use OT to capture this variability of
the syllabic status of the prenuclear glides and try to identify the
specific alignment of glides under different situations, such as using
together with bilabial or alveolar consonants. However, I find there
are many difficulties involved. For example, as is known, syllable
structure, though considered as a phonological unit, does not have
phonetic representation. In this case, those constraints related to
the well-formedness of the syllable can not help determine the
alignment of the prenuclear glides and those constraints that help to
determine the specific alignment of the glides do not refer to the
syllable structure. I think I am trapped here. I am wondering whether
anyone here can give me some advice on how to settle my
predicament.Thanks a lot. 

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