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LINGUIST List 17.599

Thu Feb 23 2006

Qs: Concordance Programs; Rising Tone in Thai

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        1.    Chris Coleman, Concordance Programs
        2.    Vincent Chanethom, Evolution of Rising Tone in Thai

Message 1: Concordance Programs
Date: 22-Feb-2006
From: Chris Coleman <ccolemanuga.edu>
Subject: Concordance Programs

I am engaged in a campaign to encourage psychologists and writing
instructors to perform quantitative analyses of student writing samples. I
believe the professionals in question would be willing to give attention to
certain linguistic features (e.g., mean word frequency, mean word length,
some form of type-token ratio) if they had access to a concordance program
that would generate such counts for them.

These professionals do not have funding to pay for such software, however,
so I'm soliciting opinions about FREE concordance programs that might be
out there. I'm familiar with TextSTAT and AntConc, but they are not so easy
to use. Additionally, with both you run into the problem of needing to
adjust the text files first (e.g., deleting apostrophes) in order to avoid
erroneous counts (e.g., can't being coded as 'can' and 't').

Any advice would be appreciated,

Chris Coleman
UGA Dept of Psychology

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Message 2: Evolution of Rising Tone in Thai
Date: 22-Feb-2006
From: Vincent Chanethom <vchanethsyr.edu>
Subject: Evolution of Rising Tone in Thai

Dear Colleagues,

In Modern Thai, rising tones do not occur on (voiceless) obstruent final
syllables (CVO, CVVO), including syllables closed by glottal stops.
However, it has been suggested that post-vocalic glottal stops historically
induced raising the ending pitch of words resulting in rising tones. I am
seeking an explanation to these seemingly contradictory facts. In
particular, I welcome responses that appeal to a physiological account. I
will post a summary if warranted.

Thank you,

Vincent Chanethom
Syracuse University

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics

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