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LINGUIST List 18.825

Sun Mar 18 2007

Qs: Language Planning in Iran; Lexical Availability/Dominance

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        1.    Samira Farwaneh, Language Planning in Iran
        2.    Kim Potowski, Lexical Availability/Dominance

Message 1: Language Planning in Iran
Date: 17-Mar-2007
From: Samira Farwaneh <farwanehemail.arizona.edu>
Subject: Language Planning in Iran

Dear Linguists,

I have been teaching for some time now a course on the languages and
societies of the middle East. A number of new publications have appeared on
the linguistic situation in Israel, Turkey and the Arab World, but for some
reason, I have not been able to locate current publications on the
linguistic situation in Iran, especially in the post-revolution period. I
would appreciate any information on publications or web sites pertaining to
this issue.

With many thanks and promise for a summary,
Samira Farwaneh
University of Arizona

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Message 2: Lexical Availability/Dominance
Date: 14-Mar-2007
From: Kim Potowski <kimpotowuic.edu>
Subject: Lexical Availability/Dominance

Is there any evidence to suggest that the first word people offer in a
picture naming exercise is, in fact, the word they tend to use more often?

In this specific case, the people are adult Spanish heritage speakers,
dominant in English but very proficient in Spanish. They are being asked
to identify common everyday items in Spanish - eyeglasses, drinking straw,
sidewalk, swimming pool, etc.

Thanks for any citations.

Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography

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