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LINGUIST List 18.492

Tue Feb 13 2007

Qs: Corpus of Middles; Bachelor of Science vs. of Arts in Linguistics

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        1.    Jean-Charles Khalifa, Corpus of Middles
        2.    Andrew Carnie, Bachelor of Science vs. Bachelor of Arts in Ling

Message 1: Corpus of Middles
Date: 08-Feb-2007
From: Jean-Charles Khalifa <jean.charles.khalifauniv-poitiers.fr>
Subject: Corpus of Middles

Hi, I was wondering whether anyone out there knew of a corpus of English
middles, or any references to such a corpus. In particular, I'm interested
in what adverbs or adverbials (apart from the classic ''easily'') are found
in such constructions in contemporary English, and in their relative
frequencies. Any references welcome.

All the very best,
Jean-Charles Khalifa

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Message 2: Bachelor of Science vs. Bachelor of Arts in Ling
Date: 08-Feb-2007
From: Andrew Carnie <carnielinguistlist.org>
Subject: Bachelor of Science vs. Bachelor of Arts in Ling

Dear Colleagues & Friends,

I sit on a University-level committee on academic programs and degrees.
This committee is trying to come up with some kind of logical (but liberal)
guidelines for determining if a program offers BA (Bachelors of Arts) vs.
BS or BSc (Bachelor of Science) degrees. The general thread of the
discussion on that committee is one I agree with, the definition is based
on methodological questions, but also on discipline internal culture. Part
of what motivated this was the fact that one of the programs in our College
of Social and Behavioural Sciences wanted to offer both BA and BS degrees.

This got me thinking about my own dept's undergraduate degree (a BA), it
struck me that linguistics was a very clear candidate for being a BS degree
on methodological grounds. But my impression is that the vast majority of
undergraduate degree programs in the US are BA programs.

My question is if there are other departments out there that (1) offer BS
(or if you prefer BSc) degrees in linguistics. (2) If there are depts out
there that have tried to switch from BA to BS degrees.

Just to save my inbox from overflow, I'm mainly interested in hearing from
people who work in depts with a BS or one who has tried to switch degrees.
I assume that a BA is the unmarked case.

My impression, perhaps wrong, is that students prefer a BS over a BA for
job prospects.



Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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