LINGUIST List 8.1240

Thu Aug 28 1997

Qs: Frequency Lists, Phonology, Drum Talk

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  1. Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, Frequency lists?
  2. myrcea, Getting information!
  3. Stephen DeGiulio, Query: Drum Talk

Message 1: Frequency lists?

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 97 09:24 EDT
From: Dr. Joel M. Hoffman <joelexc.com>
Subject: Frequency lists?


A while back someone posted a note about a Russian learner's
dictionary that lists Russian words in order of frequency. It's a
>great< idea.

Does anyone know if something similar exists for Hebrew?

Thanks.

-Joel
(joelexc.com)
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Message 2: Getting information!

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 97 09:56:46 -0300
From: myrcea <studiosommaster.bbsn.com.br>
Subject: Getting information!

Dear Sir/Madam,


 My name is Myrcea Santiago dos Santos. I am a student
at UECE ( State University of Ceara - Brazil). I have almost finishing
my course (language and Literature) and I am doing researches on
Linguistics and Language Learning fields. Fortunately I've worked at
computer since 1994, so now I'm programming in Visual Basic 5.0;The
aim of my program is to develop a Phonology (supra segmental and
segmental) information for students at college as well as a quick
learning and teaching course in computers. My adviser is Pedro
Henrique ( a Phd Professor at my college). Therefore, I have to get
material enough in order to make a complete and actual program, so I
decided to look for material in internet. Would you help me with any
material if possible?? Thanks a lot! please, keep contact!

my two mail addresses are both:
 mmarcusfortalnet.com.br
 or the address above.

Thanks a lot
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Message 3: Query: Drum Talk

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 15:17:38 MDT
From: Stephen DeGiulio <DEGIULIOnmsua.nmsu.edu>
Subject: Query: Drum Talk

In "Things Fall Apart," Chinua Achebe quotes two drum phrases in a
passage about talking drums-without a hint of their meaning, or
whether these phrases in fact carry meaning. They are:
 Go di di go go di go; Di go go di go. 
 They sound authentic to me-like a question and answer-and must
surely be musical rhythms, if not linguistic ones as well. Can anyone
translate/point me to a good source about talking drums?

Thanks. 
Stephen D.
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