LINGUIST List 7.1472

Sat Oct 19 1996

Qs: Lang disparity, F K Erhard Voeltz, Ling and aphasia

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  1. "Matt Richardson (GD 2000?)", Query: Language disparity
  2. "Cassian BRACONNIER", DR. F. K. Erhard VOELTZ (from Linguistique Africaine)
  3. Elizabeth Elder, Programs in Linguistics and Aphasia

Message 1: Query: Language disparity

Date: Fri, 18 Oct 1996 15:37:56 EDT
From: "Matt Richardson (GD 2000?)" <>
Subject: Query: Language disparity

I recently this message from a colleague in Mexico. I am not
particularly familiar with the literature on this subject. If there
is anyone out there who is, I am sure Daniel Robles Alvarez would
appreciate your input. Please send replies to: Thank you for your assistance.

Query follows:
I am currently doing NAFTA related research CETYS University in Baja
California, Mexico. I have a program that prepares and sends Mexican
Engineers to the U.S. Engineering Competency Exams required to become
registered as a Professional Engineer. Our work is currently edging
up to the top levels of the negotiation for NAFTA professionals and we
are very happy about this.

What I wish to do is determine a language disparity factor for
engineering competency exams that would predict and quantify the
disadvantage, if any, that a native Spanish speaker would have on an
English language engineering exam. The heavy use of charts, graphs
and equations on these exams plus a relatively high degree of
bilinguality in the Border area have rendered my humble efforts
inconclusive. I will use this information in the formulation of an
argument for or against identical, but native language, exams for all
NAFTA engineers. This is a very important issue for many people and I
would appreciate any advice that you or someone that you may know
could give me.

Daniel Robles Alvarez
Facultad de Ingenieria
CETYS University, Mexicali, Baja California
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Message 2: DR. F. K. Erhard VOELTZ (from Linguistique Africaine)

Date: Fri, 18 Oct 1996 14:49:15 BST
From: "Cassian BRACONNIER" <>
Subject: DR. F. K. Erhard VOELTZ (from Linguistique Africaine)

Dr. F.K. Erhard VOELTZ sent paiment for 5 issues of the journal
"Linguistique Africaine" but unfortunately the issues we sent him were
backed to us, the address (at BONN, GERMANY) being apparently wrong.
Please dr. Voeltz if you read this give us a valid snail-mail
address. Thanks.


Cassian Braconnier
Maitre de Conferences Universite Blaise Pascal de Clermont-Ferrand
Membre de l'URA 1720 du CNRS (syntaxe formelle)

2 bis, rue Etienne Marey
75020 PARIS

Tel.: +33 01 43 61 14 72
Fax: +33 01 43 61 14 72
(no 0 when calling from outside France)

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Message 3: Programs in Linguistics and Aphasia

Date: Thu, 17 Oct 1996 21:04:54 EDT
From: Elizabeth Elder <EAELDERVM.SC.EDU>
Subject: Programs in Linguistics and Aphasia

Dear All,

Hello! I am currently an M.A. student at the Univ. of South Carolina.
For my Ph.D. studies, I am interested in neuropsychology and aphasia
as it pertains to Linguistics. In other words, I want to study
linguistic deficits in an attempt to learn more about the theoretical
aspects of language. Although I am interested in Neurolinguistics, I
want my main focus to stay in Linguistics. Can anybody out there
direct me to the programs that would be strong in this area? I have
asked everyone I know and they haven't been much help. Thanks so much.

Elizabeth Elder,
Baby Linguist

PS. Please reply to the address next to my name, not to the one in the
header, if they are different. Thanks
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