LINGUIST List 7.201

Wed Feb 7 1996

Qs: Tlingit, Haida, Italian, Chinese

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  1. Alexis Manaster Ramer, Q: Tlingit, Haida
  2. tessa say, Italian
  3. Bill Chan, celluar phone in Chinese

Message 1: Q: Tlingit, Haida

Date: Wed, 07 Feb 1996 08:59:22 EST
From: Alexis Manaster Ramer <amrCS.Wayne.EDU>
Subject: Q: Tlingit, Haida
Would anybody know if there are Swadesh lists of Haida or Tlingit to
be had anywhere?
 
Alexis MR
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Message 2: Italian

Date: Wed, 07 Feb 1996 14:29:01 GMT
From: tessa say <saytevessex.ac.uk>
Subject: Italian

Does anyone know if there exists a frequency dictionary for Italian,
and if so where in the UK I might be able to find a copy?

Tessa Say
University of Essex, UK
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Message 3: celluar phone in Chinese

Date: Tue, 06 Feb 1996 21:20:53 PST
From: Bill Chan <bchanUVic.CA>
Subject: celluar phone in Chinese
Dear Linguist,

I was wondering if anyone out there knows the extact origin of the
word for celluar phone in Chinese. I know there a "proper" name for
celluar phone in Chinese, but lately most speakers have refered to it
as "big brother big." How did this name come about? From what I
know, it came from the "mafia" movies in Hong Kong and then it somehow
got into everyday speech. Does anyone know if there has been any
research done on this? If so, could someone point me in the direction
of where I can find more information on this? I will post a summary
as soon as possible.

regards,

Bill Chan
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