LINGUIST List 4.40

Tue 26 Jan 1993

Qs: Politics, gender, telnet, humor

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  1. , graduate study in socio- and political linguistics
  2. , Re: LINGUIST How-To's (Unrev)
  3. Tom Cravens, telnet access
  4. , Request for linguistically-based humor

Message 1: graduate study in socio- and political linguistics

Date: Fri, 22 Jan 93 10:54:08 -0graduate study in socio- and political linguistics
From: <klaimanIPFWCVAX.bitnet>
Subject: graduate study in socio- and political linguistics

A student of mine is starting to look into the possibility of graduate
study in sociolinguistics with her intended emphasis being political
language; she is interested, for instance, in researching the role of
language in formulating foreign policy and, possibly, in the military.
She probably will want to attend an institution with good programs in
linguistics and in political science and/or political sociolinguistics.
I'll appreciate any suggestions sent directly to my address and will pass
them on to her.
Mimi Klaiman
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Message 2: Re: LINGUIST How-To's (Unrev)

Date: 22 Jan 1993 18:20:21 -0500Re: LINGUIST How-To's (Unrev)
From: <SPHAHEvaxc.hofstra.edu>
Subject: Re: LINGUIST How-To's (Unrev)

I am interested in locating literature about gender marking in Spanish by
bilingual speakers. A former student of mine is investigating bilingual
aphasics and has had success locating only two articles. Any information would
be appreciated.

Thanks
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Message 3: telnet access

Date: Fri, 22 Jan 93 19:43 CDT
From: Tom Cravens <CRAVENSmacc.wisc.edu>
Subject: telnet access

I'm conducting an unscientific survey on accessibility to telnet, and
invite responses from LINGUIST subscribers use or have tried to use telnet.
I'm interested in users in all countries.

The question is very simple. Do you pay real money for basic access,
or is it free?

The response can be almost as simple: 1) name (optional--names won't go
beyond me); 2) your principal department affiliation); 3) institution;
4) pay / free:

(Jim Smith)
ESL
Southern Arizona University
free

Those who wish to participate can respond to me personally
(cravenswiscmacc.bitnet). I'll post a very brief summary to the list
a few days from now.

Thanks in advance,
Tom Cravens
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Message 4: Request for linguistically-based humor

Date: Sat, 23 Jan 93 10:09:56 ESRequest for linguistically-based humor
From: <shieberdas.harvard.edu>
Subject: Request for linguistically-based humor


Wanted: Examples of jokes or humorous lines, preferably well-known,
whose humor is based on syntactic (or lexical) ambiguity. The
following exemplify the kind of thing I am after:

 One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my
 pajamas I'll never know.

 -- George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind
 Animal Crackers (1930 film, said by Groucho Marx)

 Take my wife ... please.

 -- Henny Youngman

(Clearly, subtlety of wit is not a requirement.)

Examples based on attachment ambiguities, like the Kaufman-Ryskind
example, would be especially useful, as would references to previous
work collecting or discussing such examples.

Please reply directly to me. I will accumulate replies and post a
summary to the list. Thanks in advance.

 -- Stuart Shieber
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