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Query Subject:   Using UPSID in teaching linguistics
Author:   Zoe Toft
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Dear all,

As a lecturer in Phonology at the School of Oriental and African Studies I am hoping to include a series of mini projects based around UPSID (451) for my students in next year's teaching.

No doubt many of you have already used UPSID in your classes for exploring issues like documentation, typology, phonetic/phonological universals: thus I am writing to ask if you would be willing to share your ideas of projects that worked well, and examples of best practice.

I am gradually drawing up a set of useful files for my students on UPSID including documentation on how to interpret UPSID data, and articles written using (or relating to) UPSID, to provide examples to students as to how UPSID can be used (see below for examples). Any suggestions for additions to this list would be gratefully received!

I will of course provide a summary of responses to the list.

With best wishes,

Zoe Toft

Epstein, M. (2000) All the sounds of all the world?s languages. UCLA Working Papers in Phonetics 99:1-3

Maddieson, I. (1984) Patterns of Sounds. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Maddieson, I. (1991) Investigating Linguistic Universals. UCLA Working Papers in Phonetics 78:26-37

Maddieson, I. (1991) Testing the Universality of Phonological Generalizations with a phonetically specified segment database: results and limitations. Phonetica 48:193-206

Maddieson, I. & Precoda, K. (1989) Updating UPSID. UCLA Working Papers in Phonetics 74: 104-111

Pericliev, V. & Valdes-Perez, R. (n.d.) Differentiating 451 languages in terms of their segment inventories. Ms available from www.math.bas.bg/~peri/StudLing.pdf

Simpson, A. (1999) Fundamental Problems in Comparative Phonetics and Phonology: Does UPSID help to solve them? ICPhS99 349-352
LL Issue: 14.1869
Date posted: 04-Jul-2003


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