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Query Details


Query Subject:   Fieldwork recorder advice
Author:   HMooney HMooney
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  General Linguistics
Language Documentation
Phonetics
Phonology

Query:   I'm looking for an extremely small and portable recording device to use while
doing fieldwork this summer. The ideal machine would be pocket size, would have
a built-in voice activated mic, hi-sensitivity, have removable/replaceable
media, but ideally would not use tape (I don't like tape: a magnetic or optical
medium would be ideal.). I'd like to be able to just walk into a situation,
switch it on, and have it record everything that happens.

Any suggestions?

Hank
hmooney@cmp.com






Mon, 12 Jun 2000 16:18:26 -0400
Norvin Richards
norvin@MIT.EDU
Italian Double-Infinitive Filter



I've been doing some work related to the ''double-infinitive filter'',
reported by Longobardi for Italian, which rules out (under some
circumstances) sequences consisting of more than one infinitive:

*Paolo potrebbe sembrare dormire tranquillamente
Paolo could INF-seem INF-sleep quietly

Does anyone know of other languages that exhibit such a filter? If
there's enough interest, I'll generate a summary.

- Norvin Richards
LL Issue: 11.1313
Date posted: 12-Jun-2000



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