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LINGUIST List 18.1296

Mon Apr 30 2007

Qs: Russian Suffixes; Native French Speakers: 'vous', 'tu'

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        1.    Katharina Gernet, Russian Suffixal Morphemes -shchiki/-niki
        2.    Caren Fiorani, Native speaker assistance: French 'vous' and 'tu'

Message 1: Russian Suffixal Morphemes -shchiki/-niki
Date: 25-Apr-2007
From: Katharina Gernet <gerneteth.mpg.de>
Subject: Russian Suffixal Morphemes -shchiki/-niki

Dear list members,

I am a cultural anthropologist working with the Evens in Central Kamchatka,
Russian Far East. An issue that is discussed by anthropologists not only in
respect with the Evens from Kamchatka but with a number of other Siberian
indigenous groups is the phenomenon of so-called ''neotraditionalism'',
i.e. - to put it simple - the ''return'' from a life in the village to
''traditional'' forms of subsistence as fishermen, hunters, reindeer
herders etc. in the taiga and tundra for various reasons.

I have heard local Evens in Kamchatka speaking of themselves in Russian as
''traditsionniki'' as well as ''traditsionshchiki''. I wonder what might be
the differing semantic connotations of the suffixes -shchiki/-niki. From
the contextual situation I drew the conclusion that while
''traditsionniki'' seems to be a more neutral term, ''traditsionshchiki''
might have some expressive connotation of irony in it or something of a
distanced view on the issue at hand (indigenous people citing academic
writers about ''neotraditionalism'' with a certain smile or critical attitude).

My question to you is: Can anyone of you give me a hint where to find
information about the possible semantic connotations of the Russian
suffixal morphem -shchiki in contrast to -niki? I would be grateful for any

Thank you very much in advance for your help.

With kind regards,

Katharina Gernet
Max-Planck-Institut for Social Anthropology
Halle/Saale, Germany

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Message 2: Native speaker assistance: French 'vous' and 'tu'
Date: 25-Apr-2007
From: Caren Fiorani <cfioraniindiana.edu>
Subject: Native speaker assistance: French 'vous' and 'tu'

I am currently working on a final project for a graduate level sociolinguistics
class. I am in dire need of some native speakers of French to complete a short
survey for my project. The survey deals with your personal usage of ''vous''
and ''tu''. If you would be willing to help me with my study, please email me
and I will forward you my survey. Thank you!

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

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