LINGUIST List 2.381

Friday, 2 August 1991

Disc: Standard lgs, Kinship, Suffixgate

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  1. Vicki Fromkin, Re: Queries: Standard Languages
  2. Malcolm Ross, Re: A query regarding Mama and Dada
  3. Scott Delancey, Re: Mama and Papa
  4. , -gate

Message 1: Re: Queries: Standard Languages

Date: Wed, 31 Jul 91 16:38 PDT
From: Vicki Fromkin <IYO1VAF%MVS.OAC.UCLA.EDUCORNELLC.cit.cornell.edu>
Subject: Re: Queries: Standard Languages
to Vera Horvath: re 'standard language'. It is hard to find an
agreed on definition. Have just been working on the revisions for the
5th edition of Fromkin and Rodman's Intro to Language and on the Language
in Society chapter. I was looking for someone to quote re what is
a standard language or dialect or.... can't find one much better than
the one we have used in the first 4 editions: " The dominant or prestige
dialect is often called the standard dialect. Standard American English
(SAE) is a dialect of English that many Americans almost speak: divergencies
from this 'norm' are labeled 'Philadelphia dialect'., "chicago dialect"...etc."
p 261
It's not great but hope it helps a little. Vicki
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Message 2: Re: A query regarding Mama and Dada

Date: Thu, 1 Aug 91 12:33:27 +1000
From: Malcolm Ross <mdr412%coombs.anu.edu.auRICEVM1.RICE.EDU>
Subject: Re: A query regarding Mama and Dada
David Powers writes, "The Solomon Island language Maringi has Mama =
Father. I forget the word for mother, but I am pretty sure it starts with P or
 F."
I have just checked White's Maringe Dictionary (Pacific Linguistics
C-97) and my own materials. The vocative for father is indeed Mama.
Mother is Ido.
Mama as the 'Daddy' term is common in Melanesia, but not Papa etc for
mother
Malcolm Ross, Linguistics RSPacS ANU
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Message 3: Re: Mama and Papa

Date: Wed, 31 Jul 1991 16:52 PDT
From: Scott Delancey <DELANCEYOREGON.UOREGON.EDU>
Subject: Re: Mama and Papa
> I know that both Tibetan and Manchuria people call their father
'a ma' <
I don't know the source of this information, but in Central Tibetan and
the modern standard based on it /?a ma/ is definitely 'mother' (or
better, 'Mom'), and /?a pha/ 'father' (or 'Dad').
Scott DeLancey
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Message 4: -gate

Date: Wed, 31 Jul 91 16:31:57 EDT
From: <stainton%ATHENA.MIT.EDURICEVM1.RICE.EDU>
Subject: -gate
Canadian politics has its share of "gates" as well. My
favourite is "tunagate": a scandal in which some conservative
cabinet minister allowed tainted tuna to be distributed to
Canadian consumers. (They'd been unable to sell it as cat food...)
Believe it or not, Tunagate was frontpage news for weeks.
-Rob Stainton
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