LINGUIST List 6.548

Wed 12 Apr 1995

FYI: Mod Old Norse, EXCHANGE, Textual Studies, Moscow Ling J.

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  1. Jardar Eggesbx Abrahamsen, Modern Old Norse
  3. Mike Fraser, CTI Textual Studies List
  4. APLD, About The Moscow Linguistic Journal

Message 1: Modern Old Norse

Date: Sat, 1 Apr 1995 15:18:39 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Jardar Eggesbx Abrahamsen <>
Subject: Modern Old Norse

About one week ago Norwegian newspapers informed the public about a small
village ("bygd") in Norway which had been isolated probably since the
"Black Death" (Svartedauden) i 1349. The village was discovered one year
ago in the area Jotunheimen, but it has been kept secret until now. The
villagers call their village Lignarhalsinn and their language Lignarmal.
Linguists have done research on the language in the village, and the first
report was published in the latest edition of Norsk Lingvistisk

The main points are:

1. svarabhakti

Strong verbs have the svarabhakti vowel /a/ in 2. and 3. pers. sg. pres.
Masculine nouns a- and i-stems do not have svarabhakti in nom. sg., but
u-steams do:

Old Norse: Lignarmal: Modern Norwegian (English):
kemr kemar kjem (comes)
dagr dagr dag (day)
vinr vinr ven (friend)
fjordhr fjordhar fjord (fjord)

2. no palatalization:

Velars have not in any case been palatalized before front vowels or /j/.
After velars /j/ has been dropped.

Old Norse: Lignarmal: Mod. Norw.:
kyn kin kjoenn (sex)
tryggja trigga tryggja (to secure)

3. morphology:

All cases have been preseved in nouns (nom, acc, gen, dat), but in
adjectives the gen. sg. has become -as in all three genders (probably
from m./n. -s plus a svarabhakti vowel).
Verbs of the o-conjugation have -at- instead of -adh- in past tense.

4. prosody:

No toneme opposition.
Short vowels have become long in syllables with long consonantism.
Long vowels have become short in syllables with long consonantism, except

5. delabialization

/y/) /i/

 Jardar Eggesboe Abrahamsen | Stokkanhaugen 104 | Lygnina fyrstu
 student of | N-7048 Trondheim | laug Loki
 Nordic languages | | thessum degi a. | | (Min saga Lygntungu)
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Date: Thu, 6 Apr 1995 06:35:22 -0300
From: heidi shetzer <>

Thanks to the work of our authors and editors, we are proud to officially
launch the first electronic, hypertextual, and cross-cultural ESOL
magazine: EXCHANGE. EXCHANGE is an electronic magazine dedicated to
publishing English writings of non-native speakers of English and providing
quality learning resources to ESL/EFL learners throughout the World Wide
Web. While providing an opportunity for ESL/EFL learners to be engaged in
meaningful writing activities, EXCHANGE affords people an opportunity to
learn about the various cultures represented by millions of non-native
English speakers.

In the _World Cultures_ section you can find out about birthdays in
Germany. Next, in _World News and Events_ you can read about a women-only
subway in Seoul, the birth of Thailand, financial problems facing Zairian
students in Europe, and how a U.S. soap opera might help reduce crime rates
in Korea. Our _Story_ section presents two independent short stories and
two exciting starters of chain stories. All are written by ESL students.

In _Learning Resources_, you may "Have an Arizona Adventure" that features
an interactive Web design with hyperlinked words and comprehension check.
Various writing strategies are available in the _Writing Strategies_
Column, while the _Grammar Tutorial_ illustrates tricky grammatical points
in English. Finally, _Conversational English_ provides the opportunity to
read and listen to native speakers use English.

We are seeking contributions both from ESL/EFL students as well as from
ESL/EFL professionals. For information about how to contribute to EXCHANGE,
and to experience EXCHANGE, point your browser to the following URLs:



Contact Yong Zhao:

Contact Heidi Shetzer:

**EXCHANGE is a non-profit electronic magazine brought to you by a team of
graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The
ideas expressed in EXCHANGE are the opinions of the individual contributors
and not necessarily of the editors nor the University of Illinois at

Heidi Shetzer
Graduate Student
Division of English as an International Language
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Message 3: CTI Textual Studies List

Date: Fri, 3 Mar 1995 11:01:50 +0000 (GMT)
From: Mike Fraser <>
Subject: CTI Textual Studies List


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 of literature, linguistics, philosophy and logic, religious studies and
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Message 4: About The Moscow Linguistic Journal

Date: Tue, 11 Apr 95 13:54:23 +0300
From: APLD <>
Subject: About The Moscow Linguistic Journal


Dear Colleagues!

We have pleasure in informing you that a new linguistic periodi-
cal, "The Moscow Linguistic Journal", has been established at the Rus-
sian State University of Humanities. Its Editorial Board is composed
of several scholars of the Department of Theoretical and Applied
The preparation is now finished - and the appearance is expected
in May of this year - of the Journal's first volume devoted mainly to
comparativistic issues; it includes the articles by A.B.Dolgopolsky,
V.A.Dybo, A.V.Dybo, V.Orel, A. Manaster Ramer, S.A.Starostin, G.S.Sta-
rostin, and E.Helimsky.
No less than three issues per year are supposed to appear. The
Editorial Board invites you to send for publication your original
articles, book reviews, remarks, notes, reminiscences, letters, infor-
mation about all kinds of events that somehow relate to linguistics,
etc. It is desirable to provide both hard copy and computer-typed ver-
sion, on a diskette or by e-mail. Texts in English and in Russian are
accepted for publication.
The Editorial Board will support a broad orientation of the Jour-
nal, different approaches and methods, including the opinions not co-
inciding with our own - if stimulating one's thought or imagination on
linguistic subjects; we shall welcome lively discussions (and partici-
pate in them) and controversial topics.

 Our addresses:

regular mail: 125267 Moscow, Miusskaja square, 6, RGGU,
 building 2, FTiPL, MLJ Editorial Board
fax: (7095) 2505109
telephone: (095) 2506560

 MLJ Editorial Board:

 A.N. Barulin, M.A. Krongauz, E.V. Muravenko,
 I.A. Muravyova, N.V. Pertsov (Editor-in-Chief),
 S.A. Starostin

 March 1995
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