LINGUIST List 7.1364

Wed Oct 2 1996

Qs: German text, Lg maintenance, Words written with numbers

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  1. Maryann Overstreet, German language
  3. Trey Jones, Q: words written with numbers

Message 1: German language

Date: Sat, 28 Sep 1996 09:42:15 -1000
From: Maryann Overstreet <>
Subject: German language

I am looking for a textbook for a course on the structure of the
German language, at the third year college level. Any suggestions?
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Date: Tue, 01 Oct 1996 09:01:17 +0700
From: erni - 11493070 <>

I am a graduate student majoring in Linguistics at Petra Christian
University, Indonesia. At this moment I am preparing my thesis. I am
interesting in doing research on language maintenance as to what are
the encouraging factors for using a language in a community where that
particular language is considered a 'minor' language due to the small
number of its users. For example, languages used by migrant family in
the USA.

If you know any studies which have been done or are being done on this
topic or any references that have the lable 'must read', please post
your message to me. I really appreciate all help offered. I am open
to any suggestions, comments, and questions.

Thank you for your attention.

Best regards,
Erni Tanaya.

 || ||
 || English Department ||
 || Petra Christian University ||
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Message 3: Q: words written with numbers

Date: Mon, 30 Sep 1996 11:42:00 EDT
From: Trey Jones <>
Subject: Q: words written with numbers
Greetings LINGUISTs.

I've recently started reading a Spanish-language mailing list, where I
came across an interesting thing. At least one of the participants
signs off with "Salu2". 2 is, of course, "dos" in Spanish, so "Salu2"
is "Saludos" ("Greetings" in English).

I've seen this before in English, with R=are, U=you, 4=for, 2=to,too.
This is on the border of linguistics, but I've always had a thing for
language games, which this clearly is. I was wondering: Are there any
examples from other languages? If so, please send them to me and I'll
summarize for the list.

If I may be so bold, I'd like to ask that respondants please format
them as follows, with the written form with the pronounced number or
letter, the normal form, and the English translation.

 salu2 - saludos (greetings)

 4ever - forever

This will facilitate the cut and paste summary editing method.

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