LINGUIST List 11.803

Fri Apr 7 2000

Qs: Transcription Fonts, Prototypicality Criteria

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  1. bazil, fonts for transcription
  2. Johanna Barddal, Prototypicality?

Message 1: fonts for transcription

Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2000 11:45:42 +0300
From: bazil <>
Subject: fonts for transcription

 Dear linguists!
When preparing my work for print I encountered some trouble. I need to
type few words in Gothic language with non-English characters and then
give their transcription. Can anubody suggest the place to obtain fonts
which are sutable for this purpose?
Thanks in advance.

 Helen Vasyljeva
 Chernihiv State Pedagogical University
 Department of English Philology
 Belov st. 30/3 apt.32
 Chernihiv 14032, Ukraine
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Message 2: Prototypicality?

Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2000 12:12:01 +0200
From: Johanna Barddal <>
Subject: Prototypicality?


I've been tagging texts for, amongst other things, syntactic functions and
thematic roles. I've found that most subjects are Themes/Patients and not
Agents, as we might expect considering the fact that highly transitive
sentences are always used to illustrate the difference between subjects and
objects, and thereby their subject seems to be quite a central instance of
the category "subject".

I've been thinking about what conclusions to draw about the category
"subject" on the basis of my frequency counts, and thereby on what criteria
it is that is usually thought of as assigning central status to an instance.

Is there a debate on this within cognitive semantics? Or a consensus? I
would be very thankful for references on the last papers written on the
notion of "centrality" or "centralness" within categories, or put
differently on what it is that makes an instance of a category the most
prototypical instance!


Johanna Barddal
Dept. of Scandinavian Languages
Lund University
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S-223 62 Lund

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