LINGUIST List 9.58

Thu Jan 15 1998

Qs: Vowels, Asian Ling, "Signs of Apes", Chinese

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  1. Richard Sproat, Welsh Vowels: Historical
  2. wieson, Bibliography of South Asian linguistics, 1998
  3. Lynne Murphy, Signs of Apes Video
  4. Yoshinori Sasaki, Chinese Character Reading Comparison

Message 1: Welsh Vowels: Historical

Date: Tue, 13 Jan 1998 11:02:04 -0500 (EST)
From: Richard Sproat <>
Subject: Welsh Vowels: Historical

Can anyone point me to recent work that discusses the vowel space of
18th and early 19th century Welsh?

Richard Sproat
Language Modeling Research Department
Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory
Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies | tel (908) 582-5296
600 Mountain Avenue, Room 2D-451 | fax (908) 582-3306
Murray Hill, NJ 07974, USA |
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Message 2: Bibliography of South Asian linguistics, 1998

Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998 22:14:27 +0100
From: wieson <>
Subject: Bibliography of South Asian linguistics, 1998

I am currently compiling a bilbiography on South Asian linguistics
conducted by scholars residing/working in Europe for the 'Yearbook of
South Asian Languages and Linguistics' (ed. by Rajendra Singh,
Montreal), which will be published next year by Sage Publications,
Delhi. Last year concentrated mainly on Hindi-Urdu and Himalayan
research. The main emphasis of this year's bibliography for Europe
will be on historical linguistics - of all the language families of
the sub-continent. In addition, work done in the last year (1997) on
ANY aspect of South Asian linguistics will be included under a
separate heading.

I would like to ask all scholars residing in Europe who have done
research in the 1990's on historical aspects of any South Asian
language who would like to have this information included in the
bibliography - as well as any research done on any aspect concerning
these languages in the last year - to send me the relevant information
at the address below by January 23, 1998 at the very latest. I am
especially interested in research done AFTER 1993 (the last year
covered by the Bibliographie Linguistique) as well as any literature
which may have been overseen there. Please be sure to include all
relevant information (especially issue no., page nos., etc., with

Please pass this message along to any of your colleagues who may be

Thanks in advance for your help!

John Peterson
Seminar fur Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Universitat Zurich
Fax-Nr. (+41)-1-634 49 10
Email: (preferably:)
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Message 3: Signs of Apes Video

Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998 23:48:30 +0000
From: Lynne Murphy <>
Subject: Signs of Apes Video

I've become dependent upon the nova video "signs of the apes/songs of
the whales" in teaching intro to linguistics, but lost access to it by
changing universities. I find now that it's out of print and that the
catalogues on the web that claim to have it really don't have it.

does anyone have any recommendations for finding it, or (too much to
ask?) a copy to sell?

M. Lynne Murphy
Assistant Professor in Linguistics
Department of English
Baylor University
PO Box 97404
Waco, TX 76798
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Message 4: Chinese Character Reading Comparison

Date: Thu, 15 Jan 1998 17:30:01 +1100
From: Yoshinori Sasaki <>
Subject: Chinese Character Reading Comparison

I want to quickly compare how the same characters are pronounced in
Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, and so on. I am also interested
in which Kanji compounds are/are not existent in each language.

If you are aware of a book or Web page or something which summarizes
such information, could you drop me a line?

Many thanks in advance.

Yoshinori SASAKI
University of New South Wales
School of International Business
Faculty of Commerce and Economics
Sydney, Australia 2052
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