LINGUIST List 11.1867

Tue Sep 5 2000

Qs: Help w/ "Hieroglyphics",Ling Analysis of Film

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  1. Natalie Schilling-Estes, "Hieroglyphics" Translation/Language Identification
  2. Claudia Bubel, Linguistic Analysis of Film Dialogue

Message 1: "Hieroglyphics" Translation/Language Identification

Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2000 14:03:58 -0400
From: Natalie Schilling-Estes <>
Subject: "Hieroglyphics" Translation/Language Identification

I'm trying to help out a relative, who is a jeweler, by identifying (and
possibly deciphering) the characters on the bottom of a large-ish scarab he
recently acquired. They don't appear to be genuine Egyptian hieroglyphics, but
I'm by no means an expert in this area. The characters can be viewed at, if anyone might be able to help.

Natalie Schilling-Estes
Linguistics Dept.
Georgetown University
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Message 2: Linguistic Analysis of Film Dialogue

Date: Tue, 05 Sep 2000 17:14:16 +0200
From: Claudia Bubel <>
Subject: Linguistic Analysis of Film Dialogue

Dear colleagues -

	I'm planning a seminar on the linguistic analysis of film dialogues. In
this course students are intended to apply their skills in discourse
analysis to film conversations and compare these to naturally occurring

Has anyone done research on this topic? 
Any recommendations on literature are welcome (the only article I have is
Tannen and Lakoff's 1984 "Conversational Strategy and Metastrategy in a
Pragmatic Theory: The Example of Scenes From a Marriage." Semiotica

I would like to put together a list of movies with dialogues that would be
interesting to analyse from a linguistic point of view. They might be
especially close to naturally occurring conversation with overlaps,
interruptions etc. or diverge from naturally occurring speech as older
movies tend to do (cf. 1996 discussion on the LINGUIST LIST 7.503). Jeff
Siegel has collected a list of movies with examples of code-switching
(LINGUIST List 11.1741) - one linguistic phenomenon covered. What about

I am not looking for films in which language is the central theme though,
like Nell or My Fair Lady (Ernest Scatton and Steven Weinberger have
already put together lists of those, available at and LINGUIST 7.1708 ). 

I will post a summary, if there are sufficient replies.

Many thanks,

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Claudia Bubel
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Lehrstuhl Prof. Dr. Neal R. Norrick
Fachrichtung 4.3 Anglistik
Universitaet des Saarlandes
Postfach 15 11 50
D-66041 Saarbruecken

Tel.: 0681 - 302 - 2270

Everyday language is a part of the human organism and is no less complicated
than it. - Ludwig Wittgenstein
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