LINGUIST List 16.117

Sun Jan 16 2005

Qs: Distractors for Lang Tests; Frequency of Sokotra

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        1.    Tobias Haug, Distractors for Language Tests
        2.    Yuri Tambovtsev, Frequency of Sokotra Speech Sounds

Message 1: Distractors for Language Tests

Date: 16-Jan-2005
From: Tobias Haug <>
Subject: Distractors for Language Tests

Dear all,
 Happy New Year.
 Does someone on this list knows references (journal articles, books) that
 deal specifically with the development of distractors in language tests?
 Please reply directly to my email address. Thanks a lot in advance. (sorry
 for possible cross-postings).
 regards, Tobias 
 Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Message 2: Frequency of Sokotra Speech Sounds

Date: 16-Jan-2005
From: Yuri Tambovtsev <>
Subject: Frequency of Sokotra Speech Sounds

Dear LinguistList colleague, 

we cannot understand why the funds for the endangered languages do not care
for the texts in these languages in the elelctronic form? Electronic form
is the form of the future. It makes the texts available to all the
linguists in the world. Our small group of linguists and students is still
working on saving the texts of the smaller world languages in computer
electronic form. This time we have fed into computer the texts of the
language of Soqotra. Soqotra is spoken on the island of Soqotra, which is
situated in the Arabian sea a short distance from the Horn of Africa. It
belongs to the Semitic languages. We are looking forward to hearing from
those who can advise us on the inventory of Soqotra phonemes from the point
of articulation, that is the place of articulation and the manner of
articulation of Soqotra phonemes. We are also looking forward to hearing to
our correct e-mail address from those who knows if the
data on the frequency of occurrence of Sokotra speech sounds were
published? If not what linguistic journal could publish our data on the
frequency of occurrence of Sokotra speech sounds? The frequency of speech
sounds give us a sound picture of a language which is quite different from
the analogical sound picture in any other language in the world. 

Hope to hear from those interested to 

Yours sincerely 

Yuri Tambovtsev 

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
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