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Query:   Summary:Hmong
Author:  Susan Meredith Burt
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Phonetics

Summary:   HELLO, FELLOW LINGUIST LISTERS!

A LITTLE MORE THAN TWO (OR THREE?) WEEKS AGO, I SENT OUT A TWO-PART
QUERY: 1) ASKING WHETHER THE SOUNDS REPRESENTED IN THE HMONG (ROMAN)
ORTHOGRAPHY AS HM AND HN WERE VOICELESS NASALS, AND 2) ASKING FOR
REFERENCES ON HMONG IN GENERAL.

FIRST, MY THANKS TO ALL WHO REPLIED:

MARC PICARD PICARD@VAX2.CONCORDIA.CA
JUDITH FULLER JWFULLER@GAC.EDU
PETER DANIELS PDANIELS@PRESS-GOPHER.UCHICAGO.EDU
JAKOB DEMPSY JAKOB@INSIDE.COM.TW
ANDREAS SCHRAMM ASCHRAMM@ME.UMN.EDU
KATHY SANDS SANDS@HUMANITAS.UCSB.EDU
JUNE WICKBOLDT JWICKBOL@INDIANA.EDU
PHONG JAKOB YANG PJY01@CSUFRESNO.EDU
CHRISTINA EIRA C.EIRA@LINGUISTICS.UNIMELB.EDU.AU

1) IT WOULD SEEM THAT THERE IS DISAGREEMENT AMONG THOSE WHO WORK ON
HMONG AS TO THE EXACT PHONETICS OF THE SEGMENTS IN QUESTION--IN
ADDITION TO DIALECT VARIATION AS WELL. JUDITH FULLER, PETER DANIELS,
JAKOB DEMPSEY AND KATHY SANDS HEAR THESE SEGMENTS AS VOICELESS. ON
THE OTHER HAND, PHONG YANG AND CHRISTINA EIRA ANALYZE THESE AS
PREASPIRATED NASALS. CHRISTINA ALSO POINNTS OUT THAT THERE IS
DISAGREEMENT IN THE EXISTING LITERATURE.

2) THIS BRINGS US TO THE SECOND PART OF MY QUERY: WHAT IS THE EXISTING
LITERATURE ON HMONG? I WILL TRY TO PASTE IN THE RELEVANT PARTS OF
REPLIES:

>E.E. HEIMBACH'S WHITE HMONG-ENGLISH DICTIONARY DISCUSSES THE PHONOLOGY, AND
>HAS A REFERENCE LIST. THERE IS ALSO A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE HMONG PUT OUT BY
>THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN REFUGEE STUDIES GROUP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA.
>ALSO SEVERAL DISSERTATIONS, INCLUDING MY OWN (U. OF MINN) AND THAT OF
>MARTHA RATLIFF (U OF CHICAGO), AVAILABLE IN U MICROFILMS. A GROUP OF US
>WORKED IN THIS AREA IN THE 80'S, BUT MARTHA RATLIFF TELLS ME THAT NO ONE
>FROM THAT GROUP CONTINUES TO WORK ON HMONG.
>JUDY FULLER

>I'VE GOT A FEW BOOKS WRITTEN IN CHINESE WHICH DISCUSS HMONG. HAVE YOU
>SEEN THE JIANZHE SERIES? THERE'RE ALSO WORD LISTS, AND SEVERAL
>DICTIONARIES OUT, AS WELL AS A GRAMMAR, AND SOME ENGLISH
>ARTICLES/DISSERTATIONS (MAINLY ON WHITE HMONG, IF IN ENGLISH). AGAIN,
>LOTS OF VARIATION, SO PIECES HERE AND THERE FROM A LOT OF DIFFERENT
>

LL Issue: 8.666
Date Posted: 06-May-1997
Original Query: Read original query