LINGUIST List 9.1016

Thu Jul 9 1998

Qs: Signers, Data storage, Linguistic development

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  1. Zylogy, Signing Williams Syndrome?
  2. Lynn Santelmann, Minidiscs vs. DAT?
  3. uov01573, pre-linguistic abilities in deaf people

Message 1: Signing Williams Syndrome?

Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 10:56:43 EDT
From: Zylogy <>
Subject: Signing Williams Syndrome?

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Hi. After the CBS television show '60 Minutes' aired a piece on Williams
Syndrome on July 5, I became curious as to whether there were any (deaf or
otherwise) signing members of this group, also any multilinguals. Does
anybody know? Thanks.

Jess Tauber

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Message 2: Minidiscs vs. DAT?

Date: Thu, 09 Jul 1998 10:19:52 -0700
From: Lynn Santelmann <>
Subject: Minidiscs vs. DAT?

I was wondering if anyone out there has had experience
with minidiscs as a recording device for collecting data.
I am considering purchasing either a digital minidisc recorder
or a DAT tape recorder for our department to make high quality
recordings for later acoustic analysis. This would be used
with both adults and children. (We'll also be purchasing some
good analog recorders for projects where acoustic analysis isn't 

The minidiscs seem to me to be attractive, because they have
(nearly?) the range of DAT and they are about half the price. But,
there seem to be some concerns about the algorithm used to compress
the signal and whether it distorts the range needed for acoustic
analysis. The new minidiscs seem to be better than the old technology
(ca. 1-2 years ago), so I don't know if this is still an issue.
If anyone else has had experience with this, I would appreciate your 

Thanks for your help,

Lynn Santelmann
Lynn Santelmann
Department of Applied Linguistics
Neuberger Hall
Portland State University
Portland, OR 97201

Phone: (503) 725-4140
Fax: (503) 725-4139
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Message 3: pre-linguistic abilities in deaf people

Date: Thu, 09 Jul 1998 19:54:53 +0200
From: uov01573 <>
Subject: pre-linguistic abilities in deaf people

Dear linguistic people,

I would be very grateful if anyboby could tell me something about how
deaf people who have learnt a natural or sign language at a later age
than the usual one managed to think. This problem is close to the one
with 'wolf children' or feral or isoleted ones, but I think there may be
better chances of having some cases documented. I have not been able to
find any serious books or papers or internet resources on the matter,
not to mention any testimonies (I have even tried deaf people
societies), and I think some research on the matter could cast some
light into a variety of lingustic problems such as language acquisition
or 'common grammar'.

If somebody is doing any research on such fields and wishes to share
anything on the matter with me, please feel free to send me an e-mail.

Thank you very much in advance for any contribution.

Enrique Quirs
My e-mail address is
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