LINGUIST List 6.239

Sat 18 Feb 1995

Qs: Chinese software, Help with names, Topicalization, Scanners

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  1. Cornelis Smilde, chinese
  2. , looking for first names
  3. Susann LuperFoy, English topicalization (and other changes)
  4. Megan J Crowhurst, Scanners

Message 1: chinese

Date: Fri, 17 Feb 1995 10:45:08 chinese
From: Cornelis Smilde <>
Subject: chinese

Dear Linguist readers,

a colleague of mine is considering the idea of having a substantial Computer
Based Training package adapted to the Chinese market.

For that reason, he would like to have some addresses of companies having
serious experience in either the development of Chinese MS-Windows software, or
in the localisation of such software for the Chinese market.

References to technical information about the handling of Chinese characters in
Windows 3.1. are welcome as well.

Many thanks,

Cornelis J. Smilde
Centrum voor Computerlinguistiek tel: ++32-16-325086
Maria-Theresiastraat 21 fax: ++32-16-325098
B-3000 Leuven e-mail:
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Message 2: looking for first names

Date: Fri, 17 Feb 95 13:45:50 MElooking for first names
From: <>
Subject: looking for first names

Dear linguist list readers,

My name is Wilma Elsing. Currently, I'm trying to find out the first names of
some authors for my supervisor (prof. dr. P. Jordens): he is editing a book
on second language acquisition research. It is the publisher's wish to give
also the first names of the authors (e.g. "Bley-Vroman, Robert W." in stead
of Bley-Vroman, R.W.).
The lists below gives a) only the names and b) the names of the authors and
the title of a book or article of the persons whose first names we cannot
find. We would be grateful if anyone could help us 'fill in the blanks'!
If you know one or more names, please respond directly to me:

These are the names we are looking for:
Bailey, P.
Rounds, P.L.
Cherry, E.C.
Cruse, D.A.
Doron, S.
Siqueland, E.R.
Vigorito, J.
Kachroo, J.N.
Syrdal-Lasky, A.
Polka, L.
Roach, D.
Sendlmeier, U.M.
Zlatin, M.
Koenigsknecht, R.

This is the complete list with titles:

Bailey P. & Mark P. Haggard (1980), "Perception-production
 relations in the voicing contrast for initial stops in
 3-year-olds", Phonetica 37: 377-396.

Burmeister, Hartmut & P.L. Rounds (eds) (1990), Proceedingd of
 the 10th meeting of the Second Language Research Forum, I.
 Eugene, OR: Department of Linguistics and American English
 Institute, University of Oregon.

Cherry, E.C. (1953), "Some experiments in the recognition of speech,
 with one and two ears", Journal of the Acoustical Society
 of America 25: 975-979.

Cruse, D.A. (1986), Lexical Semantics. Cambridge: Cambridge
 University Press.

Doron, S. (1973), Reflectivity-Impulsivity and their influence
 on reading for adult students of ESL [Unpublished paper,
 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Eimas, Peter D., E.R. Siqueland, Peter W. Jusczyk & J. Vigorito
 (1971) "Speech perception in infants", Science 171: 303-306.

Kachroo, J.N. (1962), "Report on an investigation into the teaching
 of vocabulary in the first year of English", Bulletin of
 the Central Institute of English 2: 67-72.

Lasky, Robert E., A. Syrdal-Lasky & Robert E. Klein (1975),
 "VOT discrimination by four to six and a half month old
 infants from Spanish environments", Journal of Experimental
 Child Psychology 20: 215-225.

Polka, L. & Janet F. Werker (in press), "Developmental changes in
 perception of non-native vowel contrasts", [submitted to:
 Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and

Roach, D. (1985), "Effects of cognitive style, intelligence,
 and sex on reading achievement", Perceptual and Motor
 Skills 61:1139-1143

Sendlmeier, Walter F. & U.M. Sendlmeier (1991), "Vom Lallen zum
 Sprechen - Die Entwicklung der Lautproduktion im Alter von
 8 bis 14 Monaten", Sprache und Kognition 10: 162-170.

Zlatin, M. & R. Koenigsknecht (1975), "Development of the voicing
 contrast: Perception of stop consonants", Journal of Speech
 and Hearing research 18: 541-553.
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Message 3: English topicalization (and other changes)

Date: Fri, 17 Feb 95 08:15:32 ESEnglish topicalization (and other changes)
From: Susann LuperFoy <>
Subject: English topicalization (and other changes)

Beginning in 1989 I've noticed more and more people saying

 "The thing is is..."
 "My concern is is..."

these act like replacements for

 "What the thing is is..."
 "What my concern is is..."

Since it's now showing up a lot--I've heard it on the radio, in one
movie and in television interviews--I've also been assuming that other
people (like Ellen Prince maybe, or Judy Devlin) have noticed this and
have an account.

My more general question is whether there are people studying changes
in something like the standard American English dialect. I'd be
interested to hear an analysis of a whole range of changes, like what's
happening to our perfect aspect ("Have you seen 'Pulp Fiction'?"
being replaced by "Did you see 'Pulp Fiction'?"), the changing of the
meaning of the phrase "This begs the question,..." to mean "This
raises the question,..." punctuation marks seem to be appearing more
and more outside double quotes, and single quotes to indicate a
questionable label or a newly coined term are replaced by double
quotes. My interest is no longer just academic; the other day I heard
myself say, "The only problem with that is is..."!

Susann LuperFoy
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Message 4: Scanners

Date: Fri, 17 Feb 1995 10:25:04 Scanners
From: Megan J Crowhurst <>
Subject: Scanners

I'm posting this message at the request of colleagues in the Romance and
Slavic departments at UNC who are not members of this list. My colleagues
would like to know if there are scanners available which recognize
diacritics. Their needs are specifically geared toward French, Old
French, and Russian. If anyone can forward this information, we'd all
be grateful.

Many thanks,

Megan Crowhurst, UNC
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