LINGUIST List 9.409

Thu Mar 19 1998

Qs: Active langs,Conceptual metaphors,Spanish,Book

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  1. Wolfgang Schulze, Active languages
  2. Victoria, Conceptual Metaphors
  3. Kristin Turrill, Spain's languages
  4. Mauro de Lorenzo, Book--Baker 1988

Message 1: Active languages

Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 09:11:08 +0100
From: Wolfgang Schulze <>
Subject: Active languages

Dear linguists,

when preparing a summer term lecture on "active typology" I wondered
whether anybody had ever published a full list of those languages that
are thought to adhere to this typology (more or less completely/
canonically). Though it is clear that the relational type "active
languages" should be questioned with respect to a more general actant
typology, it still would be helpfull to me if I had in hand a list of
those languages that are interpreted as "active". So, if you know of any
such a comprehensive list, it would be great to let me know. 
ELSE: If we still don't have such a list available, could you just send
me the name (together with a reference, if possible) of the "active
languages" you know? It would also be good to have a list of those
languages, that show older traces of "activity" or that are on the way
towards an active split.
In case a comprehensive list does not exist and in case I get hold of a
sufficient number of languages, I would be ready to prepare such an
overview to post it on the list.

Many thanks,

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang SCHULZE 
Institut f|r Allgemeine und Indogermanische
Sprachwissenschaft * Universitdt M|nchen 
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1 * D-80539 M|nchen 
Tel.: +89-2180 2486
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Message 2: Conceptual Metaphors

Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 10:35:36 +0000
From: Victoria <>
Subject: Conceptual Metaphors

 Dear metaphorists!

 At present I am a Ph.D student at Sheffield University.
 My linguistic work is built on conceptual metaphors and metaphors
 expressing moral categories in particular. The latest article I have
 on this problem is "The Metaphor System for Morality" by George
 Lakoff. There are certainly more works in this field. Any reference
 to published and unpublished works on the topic will
 be appreciated.
 Thank you very much for your help.
 E-mail Victoria Kurasova :
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Message 3: Spain's languages

Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 09:33:44 +0000
From: Kristin Turrill <>
Subject: Spain's languages

To all subscribers:

I am a graduate student and am seeking information on the effects of
Franco's language planning/policies on Spain's languages (other than
Castilian). I am concentrating on Basque and/or Catalan.

What I am particularly interested in is what happens to a language when
it is forced out of the public domain; how a language changes as a
result of being supressed. I am looking at this in terms of
Spain's languages. I am aware that only Castilian had official status
during most of Franco's rule (although I have yet to find specifics on
his policies), so I am interested in what happened to the other

In order to understand the situation in context, I am interested in
learning about the status of the language(s) in the early 20th Century
(pre-Franco) as well as under Franco's regime and in the decades since.
How have these language(s) changed, adapted?

I would appreciate any information/advice.

Thank you,
Kristin Turrill
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
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Message 4: Book--Baker 1988

Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 00:50:42 -0500 (EST)
From: Mauro de Lorenzo <lorenzoUDel.Edu>
Subject: Book--Baker 1988


i'm looking to buy a used paperback copy of mark baker's 1988 book
'incorporation'. it's out of stock at university of chicago press (last
time i checked). if anyone has a copy they're willing to part with, please
contact me at

mauro de lorenzo

Mauro de Lorenzo
Department of Linguistics
University of Delaware
Newark DE 19716 (USA)

tel: +1 302 292 1636
fax: +1 410 620 3543
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