LINGUIST List 2.496

Thu 12 Sep 1991

Qs: Classifiers, compositionality, Arabic, American, Picard, WH, CALL

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  1. William McKellin, Re: query - classifiers
  2. Stephen P Spackman, Question: "compositionality" of semantics
  3. Alexis Manaster Ramer, Query: Egyptian Arabic
  4. Geoffrey Russom, American Dialects
  5. , Picard
  6. Jan Olsen, WH-Movement
  7. Dennis Day, CALL programs

Message 1: Re: query - classifiers

Date: Tue, 10 Sep 91 20:23:42 PDT
From: William McKellin <mckeunixg.ubc.ca>
Subject: Re: query - classifiers
A colleague is working on numeral classifiers in Polynesian and Micronesian
languages. He would like to know of any work done on classifiers
using Connectionist or PDP models.
Prof. Bill McKellin mckeunixg.ubc.ca
Department of Anthropology and Sociology
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, B.C.
V6T 1Z1
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Message 2: Question: "compositionality" of semantics

Date: Wed, 11 Sep 91 06:44:43 -0500
From: Stephen P Spackman <stephentira.uchicago.edu>
Subject: Question: "compositionality" of semantics
One of the questions that seems to get asked a lot among my
formal/computational friends is, "is your semantics compositional?".
There seem to be more ideas as to what that might mean, however, than
answers to the question; at the extremes it seems that "having a
compositional semantics" is used for both "ignoring pragmatic issues
completely" and "having some FORMAL theory of interpretation, with or
without reference to 'meaning'".
I wonder if I might garner some informed opinion as to what a
"compositional" semantics might be. Or, perhaps more informatively (in
these days of lambda-calculus and denotational semantics), what could
a NON-compositional semantics be like?
stephen p spackman Center for Information and Language Studies
systems analyst University of Chicago
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Message 3: Query: Egyptian Arabic

Date: Thu, 12 Sep 91 08:04:16 EDT
From: Alexis Manaster Ramer <USERGDD8WAYNEMTS.BITNET>
Subject: Query: Egyptian Arabic
Looking for an expert on the Arabic dialects of Upper Egypt (not
Cairene!). Can anybody help?
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Message 4: American Dialects

Date: Wed, 11 Sep 91 11:43:54 EDT
From: Geoffrey Russom <EL403015brownvm.brown.edu>
Subject: American Dialects
Thadious Davis, a professor in our English department, asked me to
try to locate a 60-minute video on American dialects that she saw in
Europe. She misplaced the reference (as we all do at conferences),
but thinks that the title may have been something like "American Voices."
Your help will be appreciated, especially if you can tell her how to
obtain a copy for class use.
 -- Rick Russom
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Message 5: Picard

Date: Thu, 12 Sep 91 00:22:19 -0400
From: <augerlinc.cis.upenn.edu>
Subject: Picard
 I was wondering if there is anyone currently working on Picard or if someone
knows of references on Picard syntax. All I have found, so far, is a
collection of texts at the end of Flutre's 1977 book, but there is no syntactic
analysis at all. I am interested in so-called clitic-doubling and would also
like to find references about other Romance dialects with clitic-doubling such
as Pied-Noir French, Fiorentino, Trentino (in addition to Brandi & Cordin
1989), etc.
 Thanks in advance.
--Julie Auger
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Message 6: WH-Movement

Date: Wed, 11 Sep 91 10:19:24 +0200
From: Jan Olsen <olsenunipas.fmi.uni-passau.de>
Subject: WH-Movement
In English, both topicalization and Focus or Heavy NP-Shift seem to block
WH-movement:
*who did you give to a book
*who do you think that books, he would never give to
German object scrambling does not have comparable effects:
wem hat das Buch keiner geben wollen 'who-dat has the book-ac nobody give
					wanted'
I would like to know what languages pattern with English or German in this
respect.
	Gisbert Fanselow
	fanselowunipas.fmi.uni-passau.de
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Message 7: CALL programs

Date: Wed, 11 Sep 91 16:02:35 +0200
From: Dennis Day <dennisling.gu.se>
Subject: CALL programs
Does anyone out there know of any good computer-assisted language teaching
material. I'm particulary interested in programs for learning Japanese and
Chinese
Thanx
Dennis Day
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