Tue Jan 2 1996

FYI: Visualizing syntax; Journal of Amazonian Languages

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  1. Sun, 31 Dec 1995 23:59:59 CST, Visualizing syntax; Journal of Amazonian Languages
  2. "Dan Everett", The Journal of Amzonian Languages

Message 1: Visualizing syntax; Journal of Amazonian Languages

Date: Sun, 31 Dec 1995 23:59:59 CST
From: Sun, 31 Dec 1995 23:59:59 CST <">>
Subject: Visualizing syntax; Journal of Amazonian Languages
In the context of a research project on initial grammar instruction, I have
considered the problem of how to visualize aspects of the syntactic structure
 of sentences for primary and secondary school children. A curious early
example, probably predating the currently fashionable syntactic tree diagrams,
is Jac. Van Ginneken's (1917) 'living grammar'.
 The words of a sentence are represented by boys, girls and animals.
They express grammatical relationships by jumping on each other's back
 or shoulders and assuming various postures. Sentences thus come out
as pyramid-like assemblies of acrobats. A selection of 26 pictures
(from a total of 38). together with Van Ginneken's original explanations
(in Dutch), is now available on WWW at:

The originally black-and-white drawings have been colored and somewhat
embellished by my colleague, Willem-Albert Wagenaar, for the purpose of
a magic lantern show that we gave last October (with authentic projection
equipment dating back to the beginning of this century).

The text is available in Dutch only. Translation into English doesn't make
much sense, I think, because Van Ginneken's exuberant style is difficult
to capture, and, more importantly, the drawings represent the utterances
of a Dutch-speaking boy.

Van Ginneken, Jac. (1917). De Roman van een Kleuter (A Toddler's Novel).
Nijmegen: Malmberg.">Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue

Message 2: The Journal of Amzonian Languages

Date: 18 Dec 1995 16:04:57 +0800
From: "Dan Everett" <">>
Subject: The Journal of Amzonian Languages
Journal Announcement and Call for Papers:

Announcing a new journal: The Journal of Amazonian Languages

PUBLISHERS: The University of Pittsburgh & The University of Rondonia, Brazil.

EDITORIAL POLICY: The Journal of Amazonian Languages seeks to publish
high-quality, peer-reviewed articles on any aspect of the languages of
lowland Amazonia. In addition to Amazonian languages proper (those
spoken in the Amazonian or Orinocan basins), The Journal of Amazonian
Languages welcomes submissions on other indigenous languages of
lowland South America, including languages of Chile, Argentina,
Columbia, etc. Topics or areas might include survey results
(e.g. reports on new languages & dialects or updating of information
on inaccurate or vague older survey data), theoretical or typological
linguistics, issues in language survival, descriptive linguistics
(especially "grammar fragments", i.e. sketches of whole grammars or
parts of grammars that are too large for other journal outlets, but
too small to be published as separate monographs), sociolinguistics,
historical and comparative linguistics, and other areas of relevance
to the classification, history, and general understanding of Amazonian
languages and their contributions to development of ideas on human

All submissions will be rigorously reviewed by members of the
editorial board and/or outside referees as needed. Works may be
submitted in Portuguese, English, Spanish, or French, but if accepted
must be translated into English for publication. There is no absolute
size limit on mss., but the maximum suggested size is 40-60pp
double-spaced. Contributors should follow the LSA stylesheet

There are three motivations for the establishment of yet another
journal. First, many of the types of article we are looking for, as
mentioned above, are less likely to be published by other
journals. Second, since so little is known about Amazonian languages,
it is important to have an authoritative, central source of
information on these languages. Finally, research on Amazonian
languages has been increasing over the last few years such that for
the first time in the history of Amazonian studies we believe that
there is a sufficient amount of high-quality research being conducted
to warrant a separate journal.

Publication schedule: Once a year. First issue projected for October
1996. Estimated size is 250-300pp per volume.

Manuscripts for review should be sent to the Editor:

 Daniel L. Everett, Editor
 Journal of Amazonian Languages
 Department of Linguistics
 2816 Cathedral of Learning
 University of Pittsburgh
 Pittsburgh, PA 15260

FAX: 412-624-6130
Phone: 412-624-8101


 - Desmond Derbyshire, Summer Institute of Linguistics.
 - Bruna Franchetto, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
 - Terrence Kaufman, University of Pittsburgh.
 - Peter Ladefoged, University of California at Los Angeles.
 - Yonne Leite, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
 - David Payne, Summer Institute of Linguistics.
 - Doris Payne, University of Oregon.
 - Geoffrey Pullum, University of California, Santa Cruz.
 - Aryon Dall'Igna Rodrigues, University of Brasilia.
 - Filomena Sandalo, University of Pittsburgh
 - Lucy Seki, State University of Campinas.
 - Marilia Faco Soares, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
 - Leo Wetzels, University of Amsterdam.

Subscription information: contact Ms. Carolyn Anderson, Department of
Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Subscription Price: $25.00 + postage and handling. Latin American
mailings will be sent from the Federal University of Rondonia.">Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue