LINGUIST List 14.60

Thu Jan 9 2003

Qs: 'Primitive Tongue', Software for ESL

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  1. E. O. Batchelder, Media: Khant - "Primitive Tongue"
  2. Alexander St.John, ESL Software

Message 1: Media: Khant - "Primitive Tongue"

Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2003 09:20:02 -0500
From: E. O. Batchelder <>
Subject: Media: Khant - "Primitive Tongue"

In the New York Times Book Review for December 15, 2002, in a review
of _The Shaman's Coat: A Native History of Siberia_ by Anna Reid, the
reviewer Benson Bobrick states:

Forty years ago, it was still possible to find whole communities of
the Khant, a west Siberian people, where their language was spoken.
Today, only the elderly keep it alive. Though a somewhat primitive
tongue (in that it lacks a capacity for abstraction), it is evocative
and vivid, with a poetic particularity all its own. A photograph, for
example, becomes by analogy "a pool of still water"; a hat, "a
wide-crowned tree that keeps off the rain."

Can someone on this list affirm or refute this assessment?

Eleanor Olds Batchelder
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Message 2: ESL Software

Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2003 15:31:32 -0000
From: Alexander St.John <>
Subject: ESL Software

I am searching for linguistic software to adapt to teaching ESL. Any

Alexander St.John
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