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Query Details

Query Subject:   Applied linguistics questionnaire
Author:   Martin Stegu
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Language Documentation
Subject Language(s):  Hmong Daw

Query:   Dear editors and dear readers of the Linguist list,

Of late there has been a discussion in the Linguist List about the
status of Applied Linguistics and what we actually mean when we use
the apparently elusive term ''Applied Linguistics''.

I found some of the statements very interesting, elucidating and
stimulating. Therefore I would also like to make a somewhat more
practical conclusion, even if with some considerable delay.

In connection with the establishment of a new chair of Applied
Linguistics at Chemnitz University in Germany I have designed a
questionnaire which aims at shedding some light on how exactly
linguists relate to Applied Linguistics and how they define its
status. The questionnaire was distributed first at the AILA world
congress in Jyvaeskylae in 1996 and subsequently to all linguistics
chairs and research institutes in Germany. In the meantime we have
received quite a number of filled-in questionnaires and are slowly
forming a comprehensive picture.

I was thinking that perhaps some of the subscribers to the Linguist
List would like to take a look at the questionnaire. For one thing
they may want to fill it in in order to express their own ideas on
Applied Linguistics and thus influence the overall picture. On the
other hand it may be interesting just to see how the questionnaire is
designed. In this connection I would also be grateful for comments
and possible criticism.

So if there should be any interest in my questionnaire, I would like
to ask people to send me a mail stating their postal addresses, so I
can send out questionnaires to them. E-mail attachements would , of
course, also have been an option, but as different people work with
different formats I thought it would be better to rely on the good
old postal system.

I would appreciate it very much if as many people as possible could
take the opportunity of filling in the questionnaire and thus
contribute to enlarging our sample size.

Thanks to all of you who should make the effort.

Martin Stegu

Prof.Dr. Martin Stegu
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft
TU Chemnitz-Zwickau
D-09107 Chemnitz

Tel. (49) 371 531 4551
Fax (49) 371 531 2950
e-mail: martin.stegu@phil.tu-chemnitz.de


Univ.Doz.Dr. Martin Stegu
Geschaeftsfuehrender Vorsitzender von
VERBAL - Verband fuer Angewandte Linguistik
c/o Institut fuer Romanische Sprachen
Wirtschaftsuniversitaet Wien
Augasse 9
A-1090 Wien

Tel. (43-1) 313 36 4728 (Sekr.)
Fax (43-1) 313 36 729
e-mail: martin.stegu@wu-wien.ac.at

Thu, 10 Apr 1997 10:08:32 -0400
Appropriation of derogatory terms

Dear Colleagues-

A student of mine is interested in the appropriation of degrogatory
terms by groups which the terms are used against. An example of this
would be the use of the word by the homosexual rights group
. Can anyone direct us to work which has been done on
this subject? We will, of course, summarize your responses.


Bob Williams
Saint Micheal's College

Fri, 11 Apr 1997 07:46:00 -0600
Susan Meredith Burt
Query: Hmong

Hello, Linguists!

My query has two parts:

1) Are the consonants represented in the Hmong (Romanized) orthography
by HM and HN voiceless nasals? I thought those were really rare. I
would appreciate any phonetic information anyone might have.

2) More generally, I am interested in finding linguistic descriptions of
Hmong, and information on any sociolinguistic work that might have been
done on this language.

Please reply to me directly (burt@vaxa.cis.uwosh.edu) and I will be
glad to post a summary to the list.

Many thanks,


''Dancing is essential to a well-ordered society.'' Thoinot Arbeau

Susan Meredith Burt
September 1-December 15 and February 1-May 15:
Department of English
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh WI 54901 USA
internet: Burt@vaxa.cis.uwosh.edu

602 Normal Avenue
Normal, IL 61761
phone: 309-888-2704
LL Issue: 8.502
Date posted: 11-Apr-1997


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