LINGUIST List 8.628

Tue Apr 29 1997

Qs: Word order, Korean, Undergraduate texts

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  1. Jussi Karlgren, Word order languages
  2. JMClifton, Korean word frequencies
  3. freeda, Seeking suggestions for texts

Message 1: Word order languages

Date: Mon, 28 Apr 1997 11:46:49 +0200
From: Jussi Karlgren <>
Subject: Word order languages

Dear All,
 I would need a couple of examples of languages that

1) have fairly or very strict word order, and that
2) have not been alphabetized -- have no or very little written
 language. of any form, alphabet or not.



Jussi Karlgren
Sw Inst of Comp Sc (SICS) -- Language and Interaction - Spraak och Interaktion
Stockholm, Sweden
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Message 2: Korean word frequencies

Date: Mon, 28 Apr 1997 22:13:48 -0400 (EDT)
From: JMClifton <>
Subject: Korean word frequencies

Dear Linguist Listers,

A colleague and I are beginning work on a Korean to Karakalpak
dictionary. As one step in this process, we would like to make
reference to as many Korean word frequency lists as we can
find. Please forward any information you might have about any
such list to me. I'll summarise if there is interest.

Thanks, John Clifton
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Message 3: Seeking suggestions for texts

Date: Mon, 28 Apr 97 13:50:38 EDT
From: freeda <>
Subject: Seeking suggestions for texts

 I apologize if you have read a similar query on TEACH-LING.
 I am interested in suggestions for texts for two undergraduate
courses that I will be teaching next year. They are directed mainly
but not exclusively at linguistics majors.

 One is for a course called "Language and Society" (which is
separate from a course we have called "Language and Culture"). I
mostly teach it as a course on variationist sociolinguistics,
including a fair amount of material on AAVE. The more anthropological
material is usually treated in Language and Culture. I focus on
the notions of dialect (versus language), language choice, etc.
(The distinction between the two courses is not always completely
clear but we seem to keep them from having too much overlap.)

 Unfortunately many of the texts that are available and
appropriate for undergraduate classes (especially classes that
include non-majors) combine the sorts of material covered
in the both of these courses. Such books are hard to
use for this particular course. In the past few years I
have used Suzanne Romaine's _Language in Society_ along with
Geneva Smitherman's _Talking and Testifying_ or Walt Wolfram's
_Dialects and American English_ along with the Smitherman text.
In general, students like the Smitherman text but I find it a
bit dated. They find the Wolfam text hard, but
I like it a lot. Unfortunately I think the Wolfram text is now
out of print. The Romaine text worked well but had certain
minor disadvangtages. One of my favorite books for this course
(old and out of print) was Robbins Burling's _English in Black and White_.
Chamber's book _Sociolinguistic Theory_ worked well for graduate
students along with a reading packet but I don't think it is
appropraite for this audience.

 Any suggestions for a general text and also an up-to-date
treatment of AAVE would be appreciated. (For AAVE I might use the
long discussion on LINGUIST about "Ebonics".)

 The second course I am seeking suggestions for is one called
"Dialectology." This can be pretty much whatever I want but I
would like to stick with American regional dialects so that the students
can do some local data collection. (We are located in northern
New Jersey close to NYC.) This is a course that I have not taught before.
All and any suggestions for materials would be most appreciated.

 I will post a summary. Thanks in advance.


 Alice F. Freed
 Linguistics Department
 Montclair State University
 Upper Montclair, NJ 07043 (USA)
 (201) 655-7505
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