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LINGUIST List 17.470

Mon Feb 13 2006

Qs: Recursion in Nursery Rhymes; Freeware Sound Files

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        1.    Jill de Villiers, Recursion in Nursery Rhymes
        2.    Yukiko Sasaki Alam, Freeware Sound Files of English Words

Message 1: Recursion in Nursery Rhymes
Date: 12-Feb-2006
From: Jill de Villiers <jdevilsmith.edu>
Subject: Recursion in Nursery Rhymes

Dear Linguist List,

I have a project underway with a student that needs some linguists to
consult their memories of childhood, especially in other languages. We are
compiling a database of children’s rhymes (nursery rhymes, skipping rhymes,
songs, those in verbatim folk takes etc.) that display recursion. This can
be of various forms, but we are most interested in these types:

S –recursion as in multiple relative clauses “This is the man that caught
the pig that chased the dog…”
PP-recursion “in the nest on the branch of the tree in the woods…”

We are not sure if there are any that use multiple adjectives, or noun-noun
compounds, but we’d love to hear about them. Of course, we would appreciate
a translation as well as the original in other languages, but please send
the original anyway if you can’t do the translation!

We have searched many paper resources on English, used the web, queried our
foreign students, but we decided to come to the source: people who would
recognize recursion, and might find this interesting!

Nursery rhymes seem to be a repository of relatively rare tricky linguistic
and logical phenomena that children should get exposed to but might not.
For this reason, we are curious about what is found about complex recursion
in such sources. When we are finished, this will be a nice resource, we hope.

Please email us as jdevilsmith.edu, ccaulfiesmith.edu

Jill de Villiers

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Message 2: Freeware Sound Files of English Words
Date: 11-Feb-2006
From: Yukiko Sasaki Alam <sasakik.hosei.ac.jp>
Subject: Freeware Sound Files of English Words

Hi Everyone,

Do any of you happen to know of a site which hosts sound files of
English words for free? My students are making some educational software
for their senior projects, and some are creating software for improving
English vocabulary. We always face copyright problems when we want to post
software on the Internet. Could you please suggest a possible place where
the sound files are freeware? Thank you!

Best regards,

Yukiko Sasaki Alam
Hosei University, Japan

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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