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LINGUIST List 17.582

Wed Feb 22 2006

Qs: Intonation in Creoles; French Verb Frequency

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        1.    Sam Callanan, Intonation in Creoles
        2.    Fiona Mc Laughlin, Database on French Verb Frequency

Message 1: Intonation in Creoles
Date: 21-Feb-2006
From: Sam Callanan <sam.callanansheffield.ac.uk>
Subject: Intonation in Creoles

Dear All,

I have recently been trying to find out about the use of intonation in
pidgins and creoles, however this appears to be a much under-researched
area. Although I have found work on tones and tonal languages in relation
to creoles, I have found it hard to find much information specifically
discussing intonation. Therefore I am making an appeal for pointers in the
right direction to the collected knowledge of the Linguist List.

I’m interested in all aspects of the use of intonation and pitch:
interactional, affective, grammatical and pragmatic uses, and particularly
the occurrence of certain contours with certain utterance types, e.g. the
association of rises with questions and any counter examples.

However, the dearth of information in this area means that any mention of
intonation systems of creoles and pidgins that readers are aware of would
be much appreciated.

I would be particularly grateful to hear from people who have worked on, or
speak any, creoles. Even a fleeting impression would be much appreciated.

Please reply to me directly and I will post a summary of the responses I
receive to the List.

Many thanks,



Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Message 2: Database on French Verb Frequency
Date: 22-Feb-2006
From: Fiona Mc Laughlin <fmclufl.edu>
Subject: Database on French Verb Frequency

Does anyone know of a database that can supply the following information?

1. The ratio of class 1 (so called -er) verbs to those of other verb
classes in the French lexicon.

2. Verb frequency in spoken French discourse.

Many thanks.

Fiona Mc Laughlin

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): French (fra)

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