LINGUIST List 8.996

Fri Jul 4 1997

Qs: Arabic/Malay, Mandarin, Cimbrish

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  1. Braima, Arabic/Malay
  2. Chan, Shiao-hui, Mandarin
  3. obaumann, Query: Cimbrish

Message 1: Arabic/Malay

Date: Thu, 3 Jul 1997 10:55:10 +0800 (SGT)
From: Braima <>
Subject: Arabic/Malay

I am doing a paper of contrastive study between Arabic and Malay
sentence formation , plus Malay Arabic learners' most common errors in
forming a correct Araic sentence. I would be graeful if anybody can
contribute in this topic.

Department of Arabic Language,
Universiti Brunei Darussalam.
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Message 2: Mandarin

Date: Fri, 4 Jul 1997 00:57:18 +0800
From: Chan, Shiao-hui <>
Subject: Mandarin

Dear Linguists,

	I am writing thesis about the compliment response in Mandarin
Chinese. This is a sociolingusitic study in the field of "variation
and change" and I conducted the study through the distribution of
	Subjects were asked to answer all the 13 questions in the
questionnaires and the way to answer them is simply choosing one item
out of nine compliment responses previously designed. Since the
dependent variable is nominal, all I can get is the frequency of each
response. However, my main concern is on the different responses
produced by people of different social background. That is, I want to
know whethere people of a certain social background have a
"significantly" stronger tendency to choose one response rather than
another. Is there any statistic method that can test the significant
difference of nominal variables? It seems that the data I got cannot
fit the requirement of "Chi-square" because some of the social
variables are more than two levels, say, education level is divided
into three.
	Thank you for answering. And I will post a summary.

Chan, Shiao-hui 
National Cheng-chi University, Taiwan 
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Message 3: Query: Cimbrish

Date: Thu, 3 Jul 1997 17:03:05 +0200 (CST)
From: obaumann <>
Subject: Query: Cimbrish

Hello folks!

Is there anybody out there, who knows something about Cimbrish
(Cimbrisch, Zimbrisch, Cimbro), an Old German (Old Bavarian) language
that have survived in few villages near Veneto (Roana, Lusern etc.) in
North Italy? What I want to know is

1) Are there people working on that topic?, 
2) Are there internet sources concerning that topic? 
3) Does anybody know articles, literature a.s.o. concerning that

I would be very appreciated for some answers. I will sum up the
replies if there are enough. Otherwise call me directly, if you are
interested in it.

Thank you very much in advanve.
With best regards,

Oliver Baumann, Frankfort
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