LINGUIST List 7.985

Fri Jul 5 1996

Qs: Officialese, Visayan/Cebuano, Propositional attitude terms

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  1. Brigitte Nerlich, officialese
  2. charlesscheney.net, Visayan/Cebuano language instruction
  3. Barbara Abbott, Q: propositional attitude expressions

Message 1: officialese

Date: Thu, 04 Jul 1996 10:10:41 -0000
From: Brigitte Nerlich <bnpsyc.nott.ac.uk>
Subject: officialese

Does anybody know about books etc dealing with the semantics and pragmatics
of 'official' languages (as used on airoplanes, trains, public notices
etc.)?

Please send your replies to bnpsyc.nott.ac.uk (Brigitte
Nerlich). Many Thanks!

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Dr Brigitte Nerlich, Department of Psychology, University of Nottingham,
Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK; Phone 0115 951 5361 Ext 8341; FAX 0115 951 5324
email: bnpsyc.nott.ac.uk
http://www.psyc.nott.ac.uk/met/metaphor.html
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Message 2: Visayan/Cebuano language instruction

Date: Thu, 04 Jul 1996 22:02:38 PDT
From: charlesscheney.net <charlesscheney.net>
Subject: Visayan/Cebuano language instruction

I am going to visit Cebu City in January 1997. I would like to learn
some of the language before I go. Could you tell me where to find
audio tapes and/or books? Thank you. Gene.
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Message 3: Q: propositional attitude expressions

Date: Fri, 05 Jul 1996 11:18:36 CDT
From: Barbara Abbott <abbottbpilot.msu.edu>
Subject: Q: propositional attitude expressions

I would like to find out whether or not most languages have terms for
propositional attitudes. These might be verbs like English 'think',
'believe', 'want', 'know', 'hope', 'wish', etc., or expressions in
other parts of speech that convey the same idea. What prompts me is
the following remark in Chomsky's paper 'Language and Nature' (_Mind_,
1995, p. 29): "Do people attribute beliefs if they speak languages
that have no such term, the great majority, it appears?" Any data
gratefully appreciated -- I'd be especially interested in hearing of
languages that lack such terms.
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