LINGUIST List 11.1668

Mon Jul 31 2000

Qs: Looking for Sources

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  1. Laurie Bauer, Looking for Sources

Message 1: Looking for Sources

Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 14:01:19 +1200
From: Laurie Bauer <>
Subject: Looking for Sources

Can anyone help with two questions on sources?

1. Who was it who wrote the novel in French recently which avoided 
the letter <e>? What was the novel called? I know it was translated 
into English, what is the English title?

2. I have a vague recollection of having seen somewhere a comment 
from one of those polyglots of the 18th or 19th century who, when 
asked how many languages he actually spoke, responded 'kaum meine 
eigene' ('Scarcely my own'). Who was the polyglot, and can anyone 
provide a reference for this information?

Thanks for the help.

Laurie Bauer

Professor of Linguistics and
Programme Director for Linguistics
School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
New Zealand
Ph +64 4 472 1000 x 5619 or DDI +64 4 463 5619
Fax +64 4 463 5604
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