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LINGUIST List 16.2611

Sun Sep 11 2005

Qs: Icelandic Syntactic Change; Online Ling Curriculum

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        1.    Leslie Root, Syntactic Change in Icelandic
        2.    Abigail Konopasky, Computer-based Linguistics Curriculum

Message 1: Syntactic Change in Icelandic
Date: 11-Sep-2005
From: Leslie Root <leslie.rootyale.edu>
Subject: Syntactic Change in Icelandic

Hello! I'm an undergraduate linguistics major at Yale. For my senior
thesis, I'm investigating syntactic change in Icelandic caused by contact
with English. I've already been to Iceland and collected data in the form
of grammaticality judgment surveys, but I was hoping to augment my research
using corpora. I would like to count instances of Icelandic constructions
such as object topicalization, so corpora of either written or spontaneous
spoken Icelandic would be useful. Corpora that include data from a few
decades ago as well as more recent data would be particularly helpful.

Additionally, if anyone knows of any good recent accounts of
contact-induced syntactic change (in any language), I would be interested
in reading them.

Thank you very much in advance!

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Message 2: Computer-based Linguistics Curriculum
Date: 10-Sep-2005
From: Abigail Konopasky <dr.konopaskycox.net>
Subject: Computer-based Linguistics Curriculum

I teach linguistics at the University of New Orleans and have been asked to
create an online linguistics course rather quickly in order to service our
displaced students via the internet. I was wondering if anyone knew of any
computer-based linguistics curriculum that would allow me to post a course
rather quickly and would allow students to submit their problem
sets/papers/etc. (including, potentially, diagrams) online. The department
is not too picky about what exactly we teach - intro to linguistics,
sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, discourse analysis - the key
is that it be accessible to undergraduate juniors and seniors with no
linguistics experience. If anyone has any information, I'd greatly
appreciate it. Thanks.

-Abigail Konopasky
English Dept, University of New Orleans

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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