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LINGUIST List 17.336

Tue Jan 31 2006

Qs: Frequency of Navajo Phonemes;Adjectives as Adverbs

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        1.    Yuri Tambovtsev, Frequency of Navajo Phonemes
        2.    Anna Krusanova, Adjectives Used as Adverbs

Message 1: Frequency of Navajo Phonemes
Date: 30-Jan-2006
From: Yuri Tambovtsev <yutambmail.cis.ru>
Subject: Frequency of Navajo Phonemes

Dear LinguistList colleagues,

I have been trying to get the texts in the American Indian languages to compare
its phonemic frequencies with the analogical data on the frequency of phonemic
occurrence in the other 167 world languages that I computed. I was lucky enough
to receive it from Dr. Frank Hardy. In fact it is a book by Frank Hardy and Tony
Goldtooth "Walking with Jusus" in Navajo.

Now, the question is: must I feed it into my computer to count the frequency of
occurrence of Navajo phonemes in its speech chain or it has been already
computed and published? If no, then I need to know what labial, front, palatal,
back, sonorant, occlussive, fricative and voiced consonants are defined in
Navajo? What vowels are there? I wonder if anybody can help me with the
classification of Navajo speech sounds? May be some other linguists can send me
their books in other American Indian languages? Or just texts on paper?

Looking forward to hearing from you soon to yutambmail.ru

Remain yours sincerely,

Yuri Tambovtsev
Dept of English and Linguistics of NPU
P.O. Box 104

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Navajo (nav)
Message 2: Adjectives Used as Adverbs
Date: 30-Jan-2006
From: Anna Krusanova <aakrusanovaucdavis.edu>
Subject: Adjectives Used as Adverbs


I am writing a thesis on the usage of adjectives as adverbs in French (e.g. 'On
t'aime GRAVE' or 'Il kiffe COMPLET pour toi'), and I was wondering if anyone
could provide information about published studies of this phenomenon. Also, any
pointers to sources of similar data would be greatly appreciated. Additionally,
I would appreciate any information about analyses of the corresponding
phenomenon in English (e.g. 'He plays GOOD').

Thank you in advance for you help.

Anna Krusanova

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
French (fra)

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