LINGUIST List 8.489

Wed Apr 9 1997

Qs: Tone lgs, Hedges, Doctoral programs

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  1. Susan Fischer, Query re tone languages
  2. Ann Jorid Klungervik, "Sorry to interrupt you, but . . . "
  3. Michelle A. Hudgins, Sociolinguistic Doctoral Programs

Message 1: Query re tone languages

Date: Tue, 8 Apr 1997 14:39:52 +0900
From: Susan Fischer <fischersal.tohoku.ac.jp>
Subject: Query re tone languages

This question was the result of a late-night idle conversation, and,
frankly, little of scholarly worth is likely to come out of it, but
here goes: in a tone language, and here I'm thinking particularly of
Chinese, is there some kind of compensatory process for conveying
tones when whispering (or singing), such as substituting stress for a
higher tone, or does context alone disambiguate potential homonyms?
Please respond to me privately and I will summarize for the list given
sufficient responses.

Susan Fischer


Susan Fischer
e-mail:
fischersal.tohoku.ac.jp
Deparment of Linguistics
phone/fax:
81-(0)22-217-5959
Faculty of Arts and Letters

Tohoku University
Here until August,
1997
Kawauchi Campus

Sendai 980

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Message 2: "Sorry to interrupt you, but . . . "

Date: Tue, 8 Apr 1997 11:33:12 +0200
From: Ann Jorid Klungervik <ann.jorid.klungervikhf.ntnu.no>
Subject: "Sorry to interrupt you, but . . . "

Hi everyone,

I'm working on a doctoral dissertation on pragmatics. Presently I'm
collecting a list of hedging expressions, of the following type:
- I don't mean to be (e.g. rude, but . . . )
- This might seem (e.g. irrelevant, but . . . )
- I didn't meant to appear . . .
- I'd hate to be . . .
- It was never my intention to . . .
- etc.

(One of the main points about these expressions and the reason why
they are interesting to me is that they may function as 'excuses' for
infringing various kinds of (conversational or general sociocultural)
'norms').

Could YOU help me extend this list? If you can think of any expression
even slightly family-resemblant to one of these, please add it and
mail it back to me. I'd be forever grateful.

Best wishes,
Ann Jorid

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Ann Jorid Klungervik
Stipendiat NFR
NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Department of English
7055 Dragvoll
NORWAY
Tel.: +47 73 59 67 65
Fax.: +47 73 59 67 70
ann.jorid.klungervikhf.ntnu.no

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Message 3: Sociolinguistic Doctoral Programs

Date: Sun, 06 Apr 1997 10:13:45 -0700 (MST)
From: Michelle A. Hudgins <michelle.hudginsasu.edu>
Subject: Sociolinguistic Doctoral Programs

I am a graduate student completing my degree in Linguistics this
December. I would like to enter a doctoral program a year from
September. I've been looking for a good sociolinguistic program in a
small town--either in the US or Canada--but I haven't been having much
luck. If you have any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you.

If there is enough interest, I can list the results.

Please write to the address below with comments.
hudginsimap2.asu.edu


Michelle A. Hudgins
Department of English, Linguistics
Arizona State University
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