LINGUIST List 6.1727

Sat Dec 9 1995

Qs: Character Encoding & SGML, S-Processing, Austric Words

Editor for this issue: Helen Dry <>


  1. "Helen Dry", Character encoding and SGML
  2. SUSANA SOTILLO, S-processing
  3. paul manansala, Austric words

Message 1: Character encoding and SGML

Date: Sat, 09 Dec 1995 12:18:45 Character encoding and SGML
From: "Helen Dry" <>
Subject: Character encoding and SGML

I'm trying to identify experts on multi-lingual character
representation and on SGML. Although I have a short list,
I also have a only short time to gather this info, so I
thought I'd ask LINGUIST subscribers if you could help
me out. This is in reference to identifying possible
consultants for a LINGUIST-related project. But the
actual implementation of the project is a long way
off, so this isn't a call for volunteers, just a request
for names. Current bibliography on these topics would
also be appreciated.

Please send replies to

Many thanks for your help.

-Helen (and the LINGUIST crew)
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Message 2: S-processing

Date: Fri, 08 Dec 1995 15:22:26 S-processing
Subject: S-processing

 I am posting this query on behalf of a colleague in the
Psychology Department, Dr David Townsend. If you can help him at
all, please email him at:


 Susana Sotillo, Linguistics Dept.

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 I am interested in doing online sentence processing
experiments in other languages, to see whether they show similar
effects to english: semantic information interacts with
syntactic and lexical processing at the boundaries of syntactic
units. Here are some materials I used to show this:

 Gerund Bias:

 If the pit crew works very efficiently, racing cars... If
the pilot is required to attend flight school, landing planes...

 Adjectival bias:

 If a young boy enjoys intense competition, racing cars... If
the airline's ground crew is on the runway, landing planes...

 I found that these biases make a difference in word naming
time for the word after the ambiguous phrase only when the
target word signalled the gerund structure, that is, when the
phrase has a verb-object structure, not when it has the modifier
head structure.

 Any luck on finding languages with this kind of ambiguity?
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Message 3: Austric words

Date: Fri, 08 Dec 1995 16:54:43 Austric words
From: paul manansala <>
Subject: Austric words


I'm trying to find common words among the proposed Austric languages
(Austronesian and Austro-Asiatic) for the following words in English:

to acquire - to gain - to own - property - profit - possessions - to
hold - to support - to carry - to bear - law - tradition - justice

Also any words that you feel might belong to an Austric substratum
in Japanese, which has been studied recently for Austric relationships,
would also be appreciated.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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