LINGUIST List 11.1494

Sat Jul 8 2000

Qs: /h/ Behavior, Postmodernism and Linguistics

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  1. darlene lacharite, /h/ behavior
  2. Frederick Newmeyer, postmodernism and linguistics

Message 1: /h/ behavior

Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 09:45:04 -0400
From: darlene lacharite <>
Subject: /h/ behavior

Dear readers,

A couple of weeks ago I posted a request for help with the following
questions concerning /h/ behavior. I have not received any replies so I am
re-issuing the questions, in the hope that someone may be able to help with
this much needed information and/or references. I will share the
information received with the Linguist List.

1. References to / information on /h/ deletion in codas in any language,
but most notably in Arabic. Does it occur? Under what circumstances?

2. References to / information on the adaptation of the voiced uvular
fricative of Arabic in words borrowed from Arabic. How is this sound
adapted in various languages? Here, specific examples would be most
welcome, along with any references to research on the topic.

I thank you in advance for any help that you may be able to offer.

Darlene LaCharit�, Laval University
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Message 2: postmodernism and linguistics

Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 19:47:21 -0700 (PDT)
From: Frederick Newmeyer <>
Subject: postmodernism and linguistics

Many readers of this list will be familiar with Sokal and Bricmont�s
SCIENCE. The authors expose the misappropriation of scientific terminology
in postmodernist writing and explain clearly why science isn't just
another 'narrative' or 'social construct'. Sokal and Bricmont write that
postmodernists abuse linguistics in the same way, but that they lack the
expertise to discuss the topic. Can anybody point me to some postmodernist
writing that appropriates linguistic terminology and/or has something to
say about the field of linguistics?

Thanks; I'll summarize.

Fritz Newmeyer
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