LINGUIST List 8.1314

Tue Sep 16 1997

Qs: Writing Systems, Suffixes, Abstracts

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  1. Richard Tuttle, query
  2. Katrin Mutz, Qs: origin augmentativ/pejorative suffixes
  3. Jeroen van de Weijer, Q: Writing abstracts

Message 1: query

Date: Mon, 15 Sep 1997 12:05:45 -0700
From: Richard Tuttle <>
Subject: query

I am whether anyone out there can help answer a question for me. Is
there a profession, realm of study, etc. for individuals who want to
study/focus upon writing systems and their history?

Thank you,
Richard Tuttle
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Message 2: Qs: origin augmentativ/pejorative suffixes

Date: Mon, 15 Sep 1997 10:32:49 +0200
From: Katrin Mutz <>
Subject: Qs: origin augmentativ/pejorative suffixes

Hello everybody!

Since there have been some problems with my message, here again my
question. Those of you who already answered and helped me: Thank you
very much! I will wait for a summary till I get a few more answers!

In my dissertation I am dealing with the development of diminutives,
augmentatives, pejoratives in the Romance languages. Since I don't
want to work unidimensionally I am very very interested in the
universal meaning, origin etc. of augmentative/pejorative elements.
In the Romance languages these suffixes derive from suffixes
indicating originally resemblence, origin, relation. I would like to
know if this is the case also for other languages. So, if anyone of
you out there could give me some informations or bibliographical
indications about these elements/suffixes in other languages than
Romance worldwide ( afro-asiatic, amerindian languages etc .) I would
be very happy. It would help me a lot!

Thank you!

Katrin Mutz
Universitaet Konstanz
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Message 3: Q: Writing abstracts

Date: Tue, 16 Sep 1997 15:47:17 +0100
From: Jeroen van de Weijer <>
Subject: Q: Writing abstracts

Hi. We want to organize a workshop on "writing successful abstracts
for (linguistic) conferences" for our graduate students. Is anything
available on the Internet or elsewhere, especially suited for the
linguistic sciences?

Any advice much appreciated. Please reply directly to me; I will post
a summaryif there is sufficient material.

Jeroen van de Weijer
Holland Institute of Generative Linguistics
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