LINGUIST List 6.1563

Mon Nov 6 1995

Misc: New List, Jokes, Sum, Binary comparison

Editor for this issue: T. Daniel Seely <dseelyemunix.emich.edu>


Directory

  1. Gwyn Williams, New List: English Language Teaching in Asia
  2. Ted Harding, Re: 6.1553, Sum: What's Funny? (part 2)
  3. Michael Covington, Re: 6.1553, Sum: What's Funny? (part 2)
  4. , pidgin/creole list
  5. , Binary comparison in German

Message 1: New List: English Language Teaching in Asia

Date: Mon, 06 Nov 1995 09:53:43 New List: English Language Teaching in Asia
From: Gwyn Williams <gwynipied.tu.ac.th>
Subject: New List: English Language Teaching in Asia

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Message 2: Re: 6.1553, Sum: What's Funny? (part 2)

Date: Sat, 04 Nov 1995 21:24:07 Re: 6.1553, Sum: What's Funny? (part 2)
From: Ted Harding <Ted.Hardingnessie.mcc.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: 6.1553, Sum: What's Funny? (part 2)

( Re Message From: The Linguist List )
> LINGUIST List: Vol-6-1553. Sat Nov 4 1995. ISSN: 1068-4875. Lines: 233
>
> Subject: 6.1553, Sum: What's Funny? (part 2)
>
> ***************
> >From jonsound.music.mcgill.ca
>
> The Scottish town of Fife, a well-known fishing centre, hosts an
> annual international competition whose winner is he who manages to
> consume the greatest quantity of fish. The particular variety of fish
> involved is tench, a local favorite, abundant off the North Atlantic
> coast and exported throughout the whole EEC.
>
On a point of fact, and with regrets: The tench is a strictly fresh-water
fish of, principally, South-to-Midland England and Ireland (within the
British Isles), and absent from most of Scotland (though possibly can be
found in Fife); it is not valued as food in Britain and is certainly not
an object of major trade. (It attracts some esteem in Continental Europe;
and was also commonly reared in medieval monasteries' stewponds.)

However, the punch-line:
>
> ONE TOOTH FREE FOR FIFE'S HICKS: SVEN ATE NINE TENCH
>
is a delight and merits a good setting.

Solemnly,
Ted. (Ted.Hardingnessie.mcc.ac.uk)
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Message 3: Re: 6.1553, Sum: What's Funny? (part 2)

Date: Sat, 04 Nov 1995 21:21:10 Re: 6.1553, Sum: What's Funny? (part 2)
From: Michael Covington <mcovingtai.uga.edu>
Subject: Re: 6.1553, Sum: What's Funny? (part 2)

If you like strings of prepositions, note that the example sentence
(the little boy's remark) can be altered as follows:

The boy was back home in England but the book was about Australian
cricket. Accordingly:

"What did you bring the book that I didn't want to be read
to out of about over after over down in Down Under up for?"

(This is not original; I heard it from Holt Parker.)
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Michael A. Covington http://www.ai.uga.edu/faculty/covington/
Artificial Intelligence Center <><
The University of Georgia Unless specifically indicated, I am
Athens, GA 30602-7415 U.S.A. not speaking for the University.
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Message 4: pidgin/creole list

Date: Mon, 06 Nov 1995 08:01:00 pidgin/creole list
From: <TB0EXC1MVS.CSO.NIU.EDU>
Subject: pidgin/creole list

My thanks to the dozen or so of you who responded to
my inquiry as to the existence of a discussion list
devoted to pidgins/creoles.
Nearly every one of you said that you knew of no such
list but wanted to be notified if there were. So, it
appears that such a list does not exist but a number of
people would be interested in participating if there
were.


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Message 5: Binary comparison in German

Date: Sun, 05 Nov 1995 11:47:46 Binary comparison in German
From: <CONNOLLYMSUVX1.MEMPHIS.EDU>
Subject: Binary comparison in German

Mark A. Mandel (Markccgate.dragonsys.com) wrote:

>I recall reading of a German linguist (or philologist?) who applied
>binary reconstruction with an almost pathological severity, quoting
>and applying a German maxim that I can only remember the outline of.
>It was a rhymed couplet in iambic trimeter,
> da-DA da-DA da-DA
> da-DA da-DA da-DA
>The first line meant something like "through the mouths of two
>witnesses", and went something like "Durch zweier Zeugen Mund..."
>(That may well be an ungrammatical German fragment, but blame my
>memory).

I don't know the quote or the persnickety linguist, but an easy way to finish
the couplet would be:

	Durch zweier Zeugen Mund
	Wird stets die Wahrheit kund.

"Through two witnesses' mouths, the truth will always become known."

That's far too few, in my opinion; but then, the quote is absolutely
inapplicable to binary comparison regardless of the number.

Leo A. Connolly Foreign Languages & Literatures
connollymsuvx1.memphis.edu University of Memphis
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