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Query Details

Query Subject:   Names for Syllabic constituents
Author:   Alain Content
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Text/Corpus Linguistics

Query:   We need to find a quick-and-easy term to refer to the constituent
corresponding to the initial and final part of syllables, ie, C*V and
VC*. In the psycholinguistic literature, ''body'' and ''rime'' are
standardly used to refer to the nucleus+ coda constituent. Body is
being used more often to refer to the orthographic equivalent of the
rime. However, there does not seem to be an agreed label for the
constituent corresponding to the Onset+Nucleus. After a few days and
nights of harsh debates and headaches, we failed to reach and
agreement, but had a number of suggestions : Start, Head, Init, Trunk,
Front, Fore Some authors have also used Antibody, but, somehow, we
don't really find it transparent. But some colleague told us that
Head meant something different in current phonological theories. Is
there a standard term? Anyone would dare a suggestion o r an advice

Thanks in advance.

Sat, 25 Jan 1997 09:45:02 -0600
Spoken English corpus

I'm planning to do intonation studies for my doctoral thesis. But for
the English part of my data, I've found it virtually impossible to do
some first-hand collecting here in CHina. Also, I've learned that the
London-Lund Corpus contains detailed suprasegmental
transcription(including intonational information), as does the
Lancaster Spoken English Corpus. But seems even these two are not
readily availble in China. Is there anybody who knows where I can have
asscess to these two corpus (or perhaps some other corpus of soken
ENglish)? Any information would be greatly appreciated. And I'll post
a summary.

Zuo Yan

Sat, 25 Jan 1997 02:19:08 -0600
Monica Macaulay
lg textbooks & dictionaries - grad program?

I'm posting this for Andrew Sihler. Please respond directly to
him, at


A recent Undergraduate major of ours has written to say that he's
interested in language textbook and dictionary design. He wonders
whether there's a graduate program anywhere that is oriented toward
(or includes an orientation toward) such enterprises. It looks
linguistical to me, but it also looks to be off the beaten path. I'd
be grateful for any ideas/hunches.

Sat, 18 Jan 1997 10:39:06 +0700 (BKK)
Kalaya Tingsabadh
Gaelic pronunciation

A friend of mine needs information on how the following words are
pronounced. They are Gaelic names that first appeared in The Epic
''Ossian''. Goethe translated it into German and included a part of
this epic--''the Song of Selma''--in his novel ''The Sorrow of Young
Werther''. My friend would like to know how these names should be
pronounced in the original Gaelic version.

Oscar, Ullin, Ryno, Alpin, Morglan, Armin, Carmor,
Colgar, Colmar, Daura, Arindal, Fura, Armar,
Erath, Morven.

Would greatly appreciate any help.

Kalaya Tingsabadh
LL Issue: 8.108
Date posted: 26-Jan-1997


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