LINGUIST List 6.232

Fri 17 Feb 1995

Qs: Foreign lgs in ads, Comparative lit, Stress bibliography

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  1. Mary Ellen Ryder, Foreign language in commercials
  2. adelaide chichorro ferreira, lists on comparative literature
  3. Jeroen van de Weijer, Stress bibliography

Message 1: Foreign language in commercials

Date: Wed, 15 Feb 95 17:36:34 MSForeign language in commercials
From: Mary Ellen Ryder <>
Subject: Foreign language in commercials

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I'm wondering if someone out there can identify the languages used in
two recent IBM commercials. They have out a series of three ads with
people in different countries talking about IBM equipment and services.
One ad has two old gentlemen walking along what looks like the Seine,
speaking French. A second ad has two men sitting in what is apparently
a Middle Eastern marketplace, and a third ad has nuns discussing IBM
equipment on their way to mass. I assume the men are speaking Arabic
(though I would be grateful to have that confirmed), but I have no idea
what the nuns are speaking. Anyone know?

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who responded
to my questions early last year about some French, Italian and Swedish
expressions in some print ads. I meant to send individual thanks, but I
lost the file in which I had the respondents! Please forgive me, and
accept this general acknowledgment instead. If any of you who did respond
would like to know more about what we did with your input, I would
be glad to send you more information (even the paper we wrote, if you

Thanks very much,
Mary Ellen
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Message 2: lists on comparative literature

Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 10:24:26 lists on comparative literature
From: adelaide chichorro ferreira <>
Subject: lists on comparative literature

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I.m new at this list. I work at the University of Coimbra and my special
field is german linguistics. A friend of mine would like to know if there
are any lists dealing with comparative literature. If you know something
about this, please reply.

* Adelaide Chichorro Ferreira *
* Grupo de Estudos Germanisticos *
* Faculdade de Letras *
* Universidade de Coimbra *
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Message 3: Stress bibliography

Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 13:04:10 Stress bibliography
From: Jeroen van de Weijer <>
Subject: Stress bibliography

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We are preparing a bibliography on word-level stress/accent. We are
looking for ways and sources to update and correct our current file,
which contains 1000+ entries. Does anybody know of electronic
bibliographies that are available in this field or would anyone share their
own bibliographies with us?

We are currently tagging the entries for subject and language, to make
searches possible. Suggestions as to strategies of tagging would also be

We intend to make the bibliography generally available, and will post an
announcement when applicable.

Jeroen van de Weijer and Harry van der Hulst
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