LINGUIST List 16.587

Sun Feb 27 2005

Qs: Phonemic Vowel Length; Question on Braille

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        1.    Rebeka Campos, Phonemic Vowel Length
        2.    Genevieve Escure, Question on Braille

Message 1: Phonemic Vowel Length

Date: 17-Feb-2005
From: Rebeka Campos <>
Subject: Phonemic Vowel Length

Dear all,

I'm trying to find some language that has phonemic vowel length but only for part of its vowel qualities.

I'd appreciate any kind of information or reference about this issue.

Thank you,

Rebeka Campos
USC Linguistics Department

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics

Message 2: Question on Braille

Date: 27-Feb-2005
From: Genevieve Escure <>
Subject: Question on Braille

Dear LINGUISTlist,

I wonder if you have any information as to whether braille can be
recognized as a language that can fulfill the second language requirement.
I am trying to help a blind student who intends to petition the University
of Minnesota so she can be allowed to use braille to fulfill the above
requirement. It's true that braille is mostly a writing system, yet ASL is
recognized as a language (and it's at least in part based on writing). I've
had trouble finding information on this issue. Can you help, either
directly, or through a posting?


Genevieve Escure
Professor of English and Linguistics
Department of English
207 Church Street, S.E
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Linguistic Field(s): Writing Systems

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