LINGUIST List 14.713

Wed Mar 12 2003

Media: BBC: The sign

Editor for this issue: Steve Moran <>


  1. Karen S. Chung, Media: BBC: The sign

Message 1: Media: BBC: The sign

Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2003 20:08:24 +0800
From: Karen S. Chung <>
Subject: Media: BBC: The sign

 Some of you may remember the survey on names for the  sign in
different languages (see: #1, #1 and #1).

 The BBC has picked up on the story, and broadcast a feature on the
 sign in the March 12, 2003 European edition of the _The World
Today_. An audio file of the broadcast is available at this URL:

 The audio link can also be accessed from this text page:

 It's an hour-long program, and the feature doesn't start till
about the 53 minute point. You can push the cursor to almost the end
of the slidebar to get to the feature more quickly.

 For those interested, a number of links to other media reports in
various languages on the  sign are collected here:

 The BBC feature concludes with a call for listeners to contribute
further names for the  sign in their own languages. So if a name used
for the  sign in a language you know is not included in the above
sums, please do write and let me know - and/or e-mail the BBC at - and I may be able to summarize yet again!

 Another round of thanks to all the people who helped with the
original  survey!

 Karen Steffen Chung
 National Taiwan University
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