LINGUIST List 8.1047

Sat Jul 12 1997

Qs: Eng adj, Frequencies, Fijian

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  1. umesaki, Eng adjectives
  2. Melanie Misanchuk, frequencies of word beginnings
  3. KIKUSAWA Ritsuko, Fijian teaching materials

Message 1: Eng adjectives

Date: Fri, 11 Jul 1997 19:19:33 +0900 (JST)
From: umesaki <>
Subject: Eng adjectives

I am working on English adjectives. Are the following sentences
acceptable? If acceptable, please mark them with a check. If not
acceptable, please mark them with a cross. If uncertain or dubious,
please mark them with a question mark. Any comment is welcome.

(1)	John was careful to lock the door.
(2)	John was greedy to keep all the money to himself.
(3)	John was worthy to be praised by them all.
(4)	The place is convenient to visit.
(5)	John is jealous that she succeeded.
(6)	John was bored to hear her endless talk.
(7)	John was confused to be told to do so many things at once.
(8)	John was hurt to be insulted.
(9)	I am eager that they should win.
(10) John was incredulous that Mary put it into practice. 
(11) Mary is keen that we should go.
(12) It was heroic of them to oppose the invader. 
(13) John was irresponsible to sabotage his duties. 
(14) It is significant that they worked as volunteers. 
(15) It is sufficient to give him some money. 
(16) It is not suitable to dress casual at a wedding reception. 

Atsuko Umesaki (
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Message 2: frequencies of word beginnings

Date: Fri, 11 Jul 97 10:54:29 MDT
From: Melanie Misanchuk <>
Subject: frequencies of word beginnings

Dear linguists:
I am looking for some relatively new statistics (the past 20
years) about the number of words in English and French beginning
with each letter of the alphabet. Obviously, there is not an
equal number of words beginning with "a" and "x," but I would
like to know the ratios a little more exactly. I know the
frequencies vary between the two languages as well, but I need to
know by how much. I have tried a number of CD-Rom dictionaries,
but with no success. If anyone knows where I could find this
type of information, please mail me. I will post a summary.


Melanie Misanchuk
Department of French Italian and Spanish
University of Calgary
Calgary Alberta Canada
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Message 3: Fijian teaching materials

Date: Fri, 11 Jul 1997 15:52:27 +0900
From: KIKUSAWA Ritsuko <>
Subject: Fijian teaching materials

Dear Linguists,

I'm thinking of compiling materials for CAI (Computer Assisted
Instruction) of Fijian and I would like to know what kind of
teaching/studying materials, both printed and digital, are currently
available along with those listed below. Any information related to
this, for example, compilation of such materials in progress,
etc. would also be appreciated. I will post a summary of any
responses that I receive. Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Geraghty, Paul. 1994. Fijian phrasebook. Lonely planet.
Milner, G.B. 1956. Fijian Grammar. Government Press, Suva, Fiji.
Schutz, Albert. 1976. Spoken Fijian. UH Press.
- -------. 1972. Say it in Fijian. Brisbane: Robert Brown &
Associates. Na Viti (Dua-Ono).

(I apologize to those who receive this message more than once through
different mailinglists.)

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