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Query Details


Query Subject:   Hmong
Author:   Susan Meredith Burt
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonetics

Query:   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,

Susan

''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

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



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