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LINGUIST List 16.2230

Thu Jul 21 2005

Qs: Online Tutoring Experiment; Language Spread

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        1.    Demetris Eliades, Online Tutoring Experiment
        2.    Holt Parker, Language Spread - Processes Other than Migration

Message 1: Online Tutoring Experiment
Date: 21-Jul-2005
From: Demetris Eliades <d.eliadessms.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: Online Tutoring Experiment

I am looking for...

a) Intermediate learners of FRENCH who have
b) already covered the French Passive Voice

...to participate in the evaluation of an Intelligent Tutor of French Grammar.

It is...
a. SHORT (around 25 min for an intermediate learner),
d. NOT testing your knowledge of French!

In addition, 2 participants will WIN a £25 GIFT CERTIFICATE from Amazon.co.uk!

Grammar Topic: The French Passive Voice.

Le chat mange la souris (the cat eats the mouse)
La souris est mangée par le chat (the mouse is eaten by the cat)

To start the experiment, click the link below, anytime you want...


Thank you for your assistance.


Demetris Eliades
Msc in Artificial Intelligence
University of Edinburgh

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): French (FRN)
Message 2: Language Spread - Processes Other than Migration
Date: 20-Jul-2005
From: Holt Parker <holt.parkeruc.edu>
Subject: Language Spread - Processes Other than Migration

Peter Bellwood, The First Farmers (London: Blackwell, 1995), 191 claims that:
"Historical data indicate that language shift alone, without population movement
or some degree of dispersal by the population carrying the target language, has
never created anything remotely equaling those vast intercontinental genetic
groupings of languages with which we are here concerned . . . . Imperial
conquest by itself, without large-scale and permanent settlement by members of
the conquering population, generally imposes little apart from loan words in the
long term. Trade also is generally of little significance as a factor behind
large-scale language spread."

I'm dubious. Can anyone supply examples (with bibliography) of language spread--
speakers acquiring a new language or dialect--by trade, etc., without major
population movement?

Holt Parker
Dept. Classics
Univeristy of Cincinnati

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
Historical Linguistics

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