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LINGUIST List 16.2688

Mon Sep 19 2005

Qs: Endangered Language Breakdown; Software for Corpus

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        1.    Serena Crivellaro, Endangered Language Breakdown
        2.    Ruixi Ai, Software for Corpus Building

Message 1: Endangered Language Breakdown
Date: 16-Sep-2005
From: Serena Crivellaro <serena.crivellaroyale.edu>
Subject: Endangered Language Breakdown

In studying the syntax of an endangered language with a very fragmented
speech community, I have come to notice that the syntax varies across
informants, demonstrating a disintegration of the language into a several
separate extremely restricted dialects (almost idiolects).

Different informants would produce the same sentence with an underlying L1
syntax, and then 'switch' into L2 syntax in specific clauses (not unlike
codeswitching). This syntactic mutation was regular within a speaker
(always occurred in the same environment) but varied across speakers.

I would be interested in knowing whether anyone had heard or noticed a
similar situation in other languages, or could direct me towards relevant
(non-codeswitching) literature on the topic.

Thank you.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Message 2: Software for Corpus Building
Date: 15-Sep-2005
From: Ruixi Ai <raifas.harvard.edu>
Subject: Software for Corpus Building

Dear Linguists,

My colleages and me are planning to build a corpus for ESL learners. The
potential domains for the corpus involves (mainly) the learners'
development in second language lexicon and syntactic structures. I was
wondering if there is similar database already out there and if so, what
kind of software are you using? To put the inquiry more generally, any
suggestions for a good software that meet our requirements?

I will post a summary if necessary.
Many thanks,

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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