LINGUIST List 7.959

Mon Jul 1 1996

Qs: Scripts, Yes&no, Speech sound, Machine translation

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  1. "david b. solnit", Indic scripts, standard Lao
  2. Marina Yaguello, Yes and No
  3. Shinichi Tokuma, speech sound perception
  4. Balkan L, Machine translation

Message 1: Indic scripts, standard Lao

Date: Sun, 30 Jun 0400 19:02:41
From: "david b. solnit" <>
Subject: Indic scripts, standard Lao
Dear friends,
1. Is it correct to say that the standard language of Laos is based on
the speech of Vientiane? If not, what is a better characterization of
standard Lao?

2. Most of the scripts of Southeast Asia are of Indic origin: Mon,
Burmese, Shan, Khmer, Thai, Lao, White Tai, Kavi and more. I'm pretty
sure it's incorrect to say that they are derived from Devanagari:
Florian Coulmas in _The Writing Systems of the World_ (Blackwell, 1993,
pp 182, 191) states that the SE Asian scripts are derived from 'the Pali
scripts', which are in turn derived from the Gupta script (as is
Devanagari). I'd like to check that this is mostly correct, and in
particular that 'Pali script(s)' is an accepted and accurate
designation. Thanks for any and all help.
David Solnit
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Message 2: Yes and No

Date: Mon, 01 Jul 1996 07:38:55 BST
From: Marina Yaguello <>
Subject: Yes and No
Dear linguists
I am posting this on behalf of a friend. She would like to know if there
are other languages beside Latin and Chinese which do not have words for
yes and no but in which, instead, you have to answer "I do", "I will" or "I
don't" etc.
Thanks for your answers to (Marina Yaguello)
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Message 3: speech sound perception

Date: Mon, 01 Jul 1996 16:36:52 +0900
From: Shinichi Tokuma <>
Subject: speech sound perception
Dear Linguists

I am writing on behalf of a friend of mine, who
is interested in the modelling of speech sound
perception. In particular, he is interested in the
modelling of categorical perception of speech
sounds, i.e., how we can reconstruct imperfectly
transmitted or imperfectly produced phonological
segments of speech signals

Now he needs some reference that discusses
that modelling generally.
I recommended he should read
"Cognitive Models of Speech Processing"
edited by Altmann (MIT Press). However he would like to
look at more up-to-date reference.

Can anybody suggest some books or papers
that satisfy him?


Shin TOKUMA (Mr)

| Shin TOKUMA	 |
| Phonetics Laboratory |
| Sophia University, 7-1 |
| Kioi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 102 Japan|
| Tel: +81-3-3238-3492 / e-mail |
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Message 4: Machine translation

Date: Mon, 01 Jul 1996 13:22:05 BST
From: Balkan L <>
Subject: Machine translation

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