LINGUIST List 9.335

Sat Mar 7 1998

Qs: Chinese,Passives,Vietnamese,Ling Encyclopedia

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  1. Andy CHIN, Chinese Headlines
  2. Gert Webelhuth, Passives
  3. Olaf Husby, Vietnamese children acquiring tones
  4. J Kingston Cowart, "Encyclopedic Dictionary of Linguistics"?

Message 1: Chinese Headlines

Date: Wed, 04 Mar 1998 16:35:46 +0800
From: Andy CHIN <>
Subject: Chinese Headlines

I am a postgraduate student in Hong Kong and my project is the
sociolinguistic study of Chinese News headlines. However, there are
not many literatures on the linguistic study of News headlines (esp
Chinese). Even the study of English news headlines is rare too. I
just know that there are several books which study headlines (English)
extensively. But I wonder that whether they are out of print. Here are
the info of the 2 books:

Evans, H. (1974). News Headlines. Heinemann. Straumann,
H. (1935). Newspaper Headlines. Allen & Unwin.

If anyone knows any literature on Chinese news headlines, pls forward
the info to me.

Thank you very much

Best wishes,
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Message 2: Passives

Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 07:08:16 -0500
From: Gert Webelhuth <>
Subject: Passives

I have attempted to find analyses of the passive construction in the
Minimalist Program but can't seem to find much. I would appreciate any
pointers to relevant works and will be happy to sum up the results for
the list.

Thank you for your help.

Gert Webelhuth
Associate Professor
Department of Linguistics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3155

Phone:	 (919) 962-1192 (School)
Fax:	 (919) 962-3708 (c/o Gert Webelhuth)

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Message 3: Vietnamese children acquiring tones

Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 11:21:55 +0200
From: Olaf Husby <>
Subject: Vietnamese children acquiring tones

I am writng this on behalf of a colleague of mine who is doing
research on bilingual Vietnamese/Norwegian childen less than 10 years

As some monolingual children have problems with reading and writing,
so do also some bilingual children. In order to describe problems for
bilingual children with four different sets of languages, one them
being Vietnamese-Norwegian, my colleague needs to know what is

She want to know: When do Vietnamese children master the tone system?

That is: When do they act properly when they in front of a sett of
pictures as outlined in the situation below, what is the average
minimum age for children to perform this task correctly:

Situation A:

	(Set of pictures lying on the table. This is just an
example. There might be more suitable pictures)

	{Ghost}	{Mother}	{Grave}	{Horse}	{Rice plant}

		 Ma o+? dda^u ?
		 Ma/ o+? dda^u ?
		 Ma? o+? dda^u ?
		 Ma~ o+? dda^u ?
		 Ma. o+? dda^u ?

Are there any differences between monolingual Vietnamese speaking
children in Vietnam, and bilingual Vietnamese/X-LANG speaking

If you are aware of someone who can answer these questions, please
inform me.

Olaf Husby, Assistant Professor
Department of Applied Linguistics
tel : (47) 73 59 66 34
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
fax : (47) 73 59 81 50
7055 Dragvoll, Norway
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Message 4: "Encyclopedic Dictionary of Linguistics"?

Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 09:41:24 -0800
From: J Kingston Cowart <>
Subject: "Encyclopedic Dictionary of Linguistics"?

Does something like an "Encyclopedic Dictionary of Linguistics" exist.

I would certainly appreciate a bibliography of such a work, or
anything similar.

J. Kingston Cowart
San Diego, California
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