LINGUIST List 4.1019

Wed 01 Dec 1993

Sum: Sterling professor, Morrow et al 1991, Farsi

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  1. Elina Savino, Sterling Professor
  2. Karen Ward, Summary: Morrow et al, 1991
  3. M Perkins, Summary: Farsi

Message 1: Sterling Professor

Date: Tue, 30 Nov 93 15:27:25 MESterling Professor
From: Elina Savino <>
Subject: Sterling Professor

A while ago a asked for explanations about the meaning of the title "Sterling
Professor". As I received a lots of messages, also from people interested in
knowing the answer, here is a brief (and historical) summary:

In USA professorships are often "endowed", that is a wealthy person will give
a sum of money to the university the interests of which pays the salary of
the holder of the chair. In the case of the Sterling professorship (and
Sterling library and a grat many of other Sterling entities) at Yale
University, the wealthy donor was a very wealthy New York lawyer and alumnus
of Yale and the Yale Law School named Sterling in the 19th century, who used
some of the money from his very lucrative law practice to buy - up then -
vacant farm land in Westchester County, New York, now the most expensive and
prestigious suburb of the city of New York. Sterling firm, Shearman and
Sterling, still survives in New York.

Thanks a lot to:

Alice Faber, Henry Rogers, Ed Finegan, Dave Kathman, Michael Covington, Michael
Kac, Donald Freeman, Larry Horn, Penny Lee, Stephen Zhenqun Hsu, Leo Connolly,
Rob Pensalfini, Steve Seegmiller, B.S. Rosner, Karl Teeter, and Brian Joseph.

 Elina Savino
 University of Saarland - Saarbruecken
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Message 2: Summary: Morrow et al, 1991

Date: Tue, 30 Nov 93 21:25 PST
From: Karen Ward <>
Subject: Summary: Morrow et al, 1991

Thanks to several helpful Linguist readers, my query is answered in
less than a day! The "Morrow" of my mysterious "Morrow et al, 1991"
cite is Dan Morrow of Stanford. He has replied to my email and
promises to send the relevent papers.

Clearly, I should have asked your help sooner.

My deep thanks to Donna Cromer, John Nerbonne, Ivan Sag, and Linda Z. Suri.

Karen Ward (
Oregon Graduate Institute
Beaverton, OR USA
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Message 3: Summary: Farsi

Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1993 16:05:34 Summary: Farsi
From: M Perkins <>
Subject: Summary: Farsi

I would like to thank the following people for responding to my request for
information about research on the acquisition of Farsi (spoken Persian):
Paul Hirschbuhler, Don Nilsen, Blake Bramhall, Alexandre Khalil, Beatrice
Santorini, Dick Hudson and Ellen Kaisse.

There appears to have been *no* published research on the acquisition of
Farsi, but the following references on Farsi were supplied by the above:

Dabir-Moghaddam, M. 1992: Syntax and semantics of causative constructions in
Persian, U. of Illinois (should be in one of the 1982 volumes of DAI)

Farahani, Khomeijani 1990, A syntactic and semantic study of the tense and
aspect system of modern persian, U. of LEEDS, Great-Britain (in Index to
theses in UK, vol. 40-3 (is part of DAI, but a separate volume; 40-4881)

Frommer, Paul, 1981, Postverbal Phenomena in colloquial persian syntax, U. of
Southern California (as was directed by Comrie,there is a summary in DAI 1981)

Hajathi, A.-K, 1977 : Ke constructions in Persian: descriptive and theoretical
aspects, U. of Illinois, Urbana

Hashemipour, Margaret Marie, 1989, Pronominalization and control in modern
Persian, U. Cal. San Diego, 336 p. (summary in Dissertation Abstract
International, vol. 50 A9, p. 2879, order DA 9004104

Jahangiri, Nadir, 1980 "A sociolinguistic study of Persian in Tehran" London
Univ PhD 1980.

Jahangiri, N. & Hudson, R.A. 1982 Article in S. Romaine (ed.)
Sociolinguistic Variation in Speech Communities, Arnold, 1982

Karimi, Simin, 1989, Aspects of Persian Syntax, specificity and the Theory of
grammar, U. of Washington. (Sum in DAI vol. 50 A8, p. 2473, order DA 9000259

Soheili-Isfahani, A. 1976, Noun Phrase complementation in Persian (see one of
the 1976 or 7 vol. of DAI)

In addition, there are several graduate students currently studying Farsi.I
will forward information to anyone interested.

Mick Perkins

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