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Query Details

Query Subject:   Map of the world's languages
Author:   Mari Broman Olsen
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Language Documentation

Query:   Does anyone publish a wall-sized map of the worlds languages, or
language families?


Mari Broman Olsen, Research Associate
University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
3141 A.V. Williams Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

EMAIL: molsen@umiacs.umd.edu
PHONE: (301) 405-6754 FAX: (301) 314-9658
WEB: http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/~molsen

Fri, 17 Jul 1998 10:33:27 +0100
Gareth Gaskell
Phonological Clusters of Semantically Similar Words

There are fairly well known clusters of similar sounding words that
also mean similar things, such as glimmer, glisten and glint or
sneeze, snort and snore. Does anyone know of any work carried out on
these clusters? I would be particularly interested to find out about
research looking at the prevalence of these clusters in the lexicon,
or their effects on new word formation, but any references to
linguistic or psycholinguistic research would be most welcome.

Thanks for your help,

Gareth Gaskell

Dr. Gareth Gaskell
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MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit Fax: 01223 359062
15 Chaucer Road Phone: 01223 355294 xt 620
Cambridge CB2 2EF Email: gareth.gaskell@mrc-apu.cam.ac.uk
UK http://www.mrc-apu.cam.ac.uk/personal/gareth.gaskell

Fri, 17 Jul 1998 07:30:29 +0000
Susan Fischer
Phonological Processing

Does anyone know of literature that addresses the following question?

What phonological or phonetic features are more or less difficult to
perceive as the speed/compression of speech increases? I'll be glad
to summarize any responses for the list. TIA

Susan Fischer
e-mail: fischer@directory.rit.edu
NTID/RIT phone: 1-716-475-6558 (v/TTY)
fax: 1-716-475-6500
Dept. Of Applied Language & Cognition Research
52 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Fri, 17 Jul 1998 19:30:45 -0400 (EDT)
J. Kingston Cowart
Shift Away from Genitive in English

There seems to have been a shift over the years away from the use of
the genitive in some English constructions.

''Your looking good in that blazer doesn't surprise me.''

''*You* looking good in that blazer doesn't surprise me.''

''We were happy with his getting good grades.''

''We were happy with *him* getting good grades.''

Is there any research on this shift?

Have LINGUIST list members any comments with respect to it?


J. Kingston Cowart
San Diego, California
LL Issue: 9.1050
Date posted: 19-Jul-1998


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