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LINGUIST List 16.2635

Mon Sep 12 2005

Qs: English Phrase Recognition; Ordering of Names

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        1.    Cate Dolan, English Phrase Recognition
        2.    Cate Dolan, Ordering of Names

Message 1: English Phrase Recognition
Date: 12-Sep-2005
From: Cate Dolan <catherine.dolanyale.edu>
Subject: English Phrase Recognition

Hello. I am interested in conducting some research on phrase recognition,
and what portion of the language system seems to have the greatest effect
on a person’s ability to decipher phrases. This arises from some
observation of people playing the board game Mad Gab, where the players
attempt to identify/pick out a common phrase from a “phrase” of unrelated
words that sound more or less like the common phrase (e.g. “eight weeds
hoot” sounds like “a tweed suit,” or “ice mail ask hunk” sounds like “I
smell a skunk” or “ask rude arrive her” sounds like “a screwdriver”). I
would like to examine which linguistic factor most facilitates the
deciphering of the target phrase in this game, and am thus looking for some
good reading on how changing intonation, manner of articulation, etc.
affects a person’s ability to process language. Does anyone have any

Thank you!

Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Message 2: Ordering of Names
Date: 12-Sep-2005
From: Cate Dolan <catherine.dolanyale.edu>
Subject: Ordering of Names

I am pondering a question of a slightly trivial nature: Is there
a pattern in how people order the names of couples when referring to them,
and what are the reasons that drive this ordering (e.g. does a person refer
to a pair of his your friends as “Rick and Sally” or “Sally and Rick” and
is there a reason for this – does the one the speaker knows better come
first, does the man always come first, does the longer name come first, or
the one that ends in an alveolar?). Has anyone heard of any research being
done on this topic or any related topics?

Thank you!

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

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