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LINGUIST List 16.3262

Fri Nov 11 2005

Qs: Speed Typing Competitions; Glossing Practice

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        1.    Andrew Joscelyne, Non-Latin Alphabet Speed Typing Competitions
        2.    Simon Musgrave, Glossing Practice in Journals

Message 1: Non-Latin Alphabet Speed Typing Competitions
Date: 11-Nov-2005
From: Andrew Joscelyne <ajoscelynebootstrap.fr>
Subject: Non-Latin Alphabet Speed Typing Competitions

A sociolinguistic question: I'm looking for any historical data on speed
typing competitions in non-Latin alphabet communities (especially Semitic,
Han, Japanese, Korean, Cyrillic, etc). In the U.S. and Western Europe,
speed typing was a minor social phenomenon in the late 10th/early 20th
century as the typewriter went mainstream. Did such competitions associated
with a 'language technology' occur elsewhere?

Thanks for any references or information on this topic.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
                            Writing Systems

Message 2: Glossing Practice in Journals
Date: 10-Nov-2005
From: Simon Musgrave <Simon.Musgravearts.monash.edu.au>
Subject: Glossing Practice in Journals

In the course of research on the use of abbreviations in the glossing of
examples (in collaboration with Pieter Muysken and Mily Crevels, both of
Radboud University, Nijmegen), I have been looking at glossing practice in
some journals. I have looked at three journals (Language, International
Journal Of American Linguistics, Oceanic Linguistisc) to find the earliest
uses of (aligned) morpheme-by-morpheme glossing. My results to date are:

Language: vol.48, 1972 in Michael Silverstein's paper 'Chinook jargon:
language contact and the problem of multi-level generative systems, I'

IJAL: vol.37, 1971 in Eung-Do Cook's paper 'Morphophonemics of two Sarcee
classifiers' (pp152-155)

OL: vol.3, 1964 is a collection of papers by members of the SIL
Philippines, several of which use non-aligned morphemic glossing.
vol.6, 1967 has aligned morphemic glossing in K.A.McElhanon's paper
'Preliminary observations on Huon Peninsula languages' (pp1-45).

If any readers of LinguistLIst are aware of earlier uses of morphemic
glossing in these journals, I would be very grateful to be informed of them.

Simon Musgrave
Linguistics Program
Monash University

Linguistic Field(s): Language Description

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