LINGUIST List 5.46

Fri 14 Jan 1994

Qs: Stops, Definition, Sikkimese, Scrambling

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  1. Christiane Hoffmann, Query: Sentence final stops
  2. Lindsay Endell, dictionary
  3. , Query: Sikkimese
  4. , RE: posting

Message 1: Query: Sentence final stops

Date: Thu, 13 Jan 1994 14:15:13 +0100 (MEZ)
From: Christiane Hoffmann <>
Subject: Query: Sentence final stops

Query about automatic detection of full stops

In a German corpus project my task is to develop an automatic means to
separate sentence final stops from abbreviation stops. This is done
in order to facilitate the parser's work.

I already have some ideas but I am still interested in what has been
done in the field. Bibliographic search results were very poor and
ended up with only one bibliographic reference. (Mueller, Gerhard 1980, in:
Sprache und Datenverarbeitung).
At the same time I am sure that anybody involved in machine translation or
corpus linguistics must have been confronted with this kind of problem
at one time or another.

Any hints will be appreciated, please reply by e-mail.
In due time I will post the results or at least make them accessible
to interested persons.

Trier, 13. Jan 1994

Christiane Hoffmann

"It is not enough to discover how things seem to seem.
 We must discover how things really seem."
 -- Niels Bohr

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Message 2: dictionary

Date: Thu, 13 Jan 1994 14:19:41 +0000 (GMT)
From: Lindsay Endell <>
Subject: dictionary

This is a bit of an unusual request but I have no way of obtaining a
reverse dictionary and hope some-one on the list can help.

A friend of mine heard a word being used on the tv over the summer. He
remembers the definition of the word but not the word itself. We are both
intrigued as to what the word is - any ideas?

Here's the definition:

A woman who takes on the sexual role of a wife whilst the wife is pregnant.

The role is similar to that of mistress but apparently the husband only
uses this woman for sexual purposes because his wife is pregnant.

Please email me direct and if we get the word Matt thinks is right, I'll
mail the List so you can all see what it is!

Thanks in advance

 Lindsay Endell
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Message 3: Query: Sikkimese

Date: Thu, 13 Jan 94 11:18:15 -0500
From: <>
Subject: Query: Sikkimese

I recently discovered a speaker of Sikkimese in Baltimore, and since
I know next to nothing about Tibetan languages, I thought I'd do some
work with her. Since I like to cheat on this sort of thing, I looked
around for sources on the language, and was rather surprised to find
nothing at all. Can anyone point me to relevant references? This is
the national language of a recognized state, after all - I can't
imagine there's no descriptive literature to be found.

The language is also known as Da"-njong-ka", or Bho:t.ia: of Sikkim
(imagine the diacritics placed on the preceding letter). In
particular, it's this language, rather than the Sikkimese dialect of
Lepcha, that I'm interested in.

Please reply to me, and I'll summarize to Linguist if I get enough
information to make that useful.

--Steve Anderson <>
Dept. of Cognitive Science
The Johns Hopkins University
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Message 4: RE: posting

Date: Thu, 13 Jan 1994 11:51:39 EST
From: <>
Subject: RE: posting

 As a part of my dissertation research on syntactic
processing I am looking into the process of Scrambling.
I am interested in all kinds of information concerninhgg
this phenomenon: its nature, grammatical constraints,
whether it leaves a trace, etc. I would appreciate any
references voth published and unpublished which appeared
after Saito's MIT dissertation on Scramlb bling (1986).
 If there is sufficient interest, I will post a summary
for the list.
 Thanks in advance, Irina Sekerina, CUNY Graduate Center.
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