LINGUIST List 7.194

Tue Feb 6 1996

Qs: On-line resources, Historical ling

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  1. KENJI KITAO, on-line resources for linguistics
  2. Roger Blench, Question: early references to historical linguistics

Message 1: on-line resources for linguistics

Date: Tue, 06 Feb 1996 20:01:25 GMT
Subject: on-line resources for linguistics
 On-Line Resources and Journals Related to Fields in Linguistics

I offered a copy of _On-line Resources and Journals Related to ELT_
which we compiled last December. Surprisingly I got about 150 requests
from subscribers of different lists.

I also asked for your contributions to revise it. We received some
suggestions, but we need more in order to make the above resource more
useful for TESOL and linguistics.

We would appreciate it if you would send us answers to the following
questions by e-mail to by February 18.

1. What is/are your major field(s) of study?

2. What on-line resources are available for your field(s) of study?
Please provide brief descriptions, if possible.

3. What are the important journals in your field(s)? Please provide
brief descriptions.

If you have more than one, please list them in order of importance.

We will put all information with as little editing as possible, except
for length and clarity, if necessary.

The following are examples of the format that we have used:

Field: English Teaching

*a list discussing foreign language teaching

World Wide Web
Internet Resources for Language Teachers
*compilation of resources available on the Internet for teachers of
English and other languages, including e-mail addresses, web sites,
and so on.

Reading in a Foreign Language
*mostly research papers, on both practical and theoretical topics,
related to L2 reading
*occasional book reviews
*cumulative index of journal
Subscription and submissions:
International Education Center, College of St. Mark and St. John,
Derriford Rd., Plymouth PL6 8BH
12 pounds/year outside U.K.

Please respond by e-mail, so that we can download the information,
which will reduce the possibility of mistakes on listserv addresses
and world wide web sites.

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* Dr. Kenji Kitao E-mail *
* Dept. of Linguistics Work Fax 01524-843085 *
* Lancaster University Work Phone 01524-65201 Ext. 3045 *
* Lancaster LA1 4YT UK Hone Phone 01524-65201 Ext. 2335 *
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Message 2: Question: early references to historical linguistics

Date: Wed, 07 Feb 1996 00:21:12 GMT
From: Roger Blench <>
Subject: Question: early references to historical linguistics

I am looking for early quotes relating language classification to
prehistory, either positive or negative or quirky. I have a few below,
with some questions on the source of two of them. Any further quotes,
preferably with the reference, but even without, would be much


Cum remotae gentium origines historiam transcendant, linguae nobis
praestant veterum monumentorum vicem.

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
[Where did Leibniz say this?]

There is no tracing the connection of ancient nations but by language;
and therefore I am always sorry when any language is lost, because
languages are the pedigree of nations. If you find the same language
in distant countries, you may be sure that the inhabitants of each
have been the same people; that is to say, if you find the languages
are a good deal the same; for a word here and there the same will not

Samuel Johnson,
quoted in Boswell, 1785.

Voltaire said somewhere *Any consonant can correspond to any other
consonant and vowels don't matter*-
What is the original French and where did he say it?


Roger Blench
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