LINGUIST List 5.898

Wed 17 Aug 1994

Qs: Algonkian forms, Syntax tutor, Occulsion in plosives

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  1. MARC PICARD, Algonkian forms
  2. James Beniger, Wechsler's Syntax Tutor
  3. Julie Vonwiller, occulsion in plosives

Message 1: Algonkian forms

Date: Mon, 15 Aug 1994 22:21:17 Algonkian forms
Subject: Algonkian forms

 I have some forms from various Algonkian languages that I would like
to get some information on. The forms in question are:

Blackfoot : WOXOS 'shin', KINISTS 'hand', NOMA 'husband'
Passamaquoddy: KEKW 'what'
Shawnee: KWANISWA 'girl', MENW 'prefer, like'
Natick: MUKKETCHOUKS 'boy'
Delaware: SAPUTTI 'anus'
Mohegan: SEBUD 'vagina'

 Basically, I would like to know two things about each of them:
(1) does the form really exist in that language and, if so, is it written
(2) does it have cognates in other Algonkian languages and has the proto
 form been reconstructed?
 I would appreciate any other details you could give me such as
the morphological makeup of each word if it contains affixes.
 Please send all responses directly to me.

Marc Picard
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Message 2: Wechsler's Syntax Tutor

Date: Mon, 15 Aug 1994 19:16:46 Wechsler's Syntax Tutor
From: James Beniger <>
Subject: Wechsler's Syntax Tutor

If novice Allan Wechsler finds his modern syntactic theory tutor, I'd
like a chance--as another novice--at least to listen in. I send this
to Linguist, rather than to Wechsler, on the chance that there may be
still other novices with similar interests.
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Message 3: occulsion in plosives

Date: Wed, 17 Aug 1994 12:18:05 occulsion in plosives
From: Julie Vonwiller <>
Subject: occulsion in plosives

I am part of a team who are labelling phonemes in accented
English speech data. The situation has arisen where we
have a speaker producing a word initial plosive following a
silence. Rather than forcing English phoneme concepts onto
the labelling we are concerned to discover information about

1. literature on the comparative differences in the length of
the occulsion portion in plosives across languages;

2. is there a perceptual threshold for the duration of
this occulsion portion beyond which the period under
examination would be considered to contain silence as well
as the occlusion.

Many thanks,

Dr. Julie Vonwiller
Research Fellow, Linguistics,
Speech Technology Research Group
Department of Electrical Engineering. phone: +61 +2 692 4509
Bldg J03 Maze Crescent, fax: +61 +2 692 3847
The University of Sydney.
AUSTRALIA. 2006. email:
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