LINGUIST List 5.1042

Mon 26 Sep 1994

Qs: Menominee, Bubbler, Thematic roles, Relevance theory

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  1. J OMeara - Educ, Menominee linguist
  2. "SEAN CHRISTENSEN,UW-WHITEWATER", Research on "bubbler"
  3. , Bibliographical query: Thematic Roles
  4. STEVE NICOLLE, Relevance Theory

Message 1: Menominee linguist

Date: Fri, 23 Sep 94 20:00:24 EDMenominee linguist
From: J OMeara - Educ <jomearaFLASH.LakeheadU.CA>
Subject: Menominee linguist

Hello, I would like to find out if anyone knows of a linguist who is
currently working on Menominee, an Algonquian language spoken in
Wisconsin. I had understood that Timothy Guile had been working with
Menominee speakers in the past few years, but since his current address
is in Guam, I assume that he is not likely to have an active involvement with
I would be grateful for any information at the following e-mail address:

Thanks very much.

John O'Meara
Native Language Instructors' Program
Lakehead University
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7B 5E1
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Message 2: Research on "bubbler"

Date: Fri, 23 Sep 1994 16:41:19 Research on "bubbler"
Subject: Research on "bubbler"

TO: subscribers of LINGUIST
RE: research project on the word "bubbler"

I am in the process of researching the origins and current demographic
usage of the word "bubbler"-- roughly defined to be a device which
projects water in an arc for the purpose of drinking (also known as
water fountain or drinking fountain).

According to the Dictionary of American Regional English, "bubbler"
has been used at least from 1914 (Kohler company), with the most
widespread usage in Wisconsin and northern Illinois (some references
were given for portions of New England and Ohio). The word also
occurs in several English dictionaries under a similar definition, but
such a definition is not given for "bubbler" in the OED. Thus far I
have only found two recent literary references of "bubbler" under the
given definition.

I would appreciate any information which you can share on this subject.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.


Sean C. Christensen
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Message 3: Bibliographical query: Thematic Roles

Date: Sat, 24 Sep 94 21:21:04 EDBibliographical query: Thematic Roles
Subject: Bibliographical query: Thematic Roles

I would appreciate receiving bibliographical references on the best work from
recent years, in any framework, on Thematic Roles.
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Message 4: Relevance Theory

Date: Mon, 26 Sep 94 13:35 BST
Subject: Relevance Theory

Would any people either working in or interested in Relevance Theory be
interested in making (informal) contact with others of a similar
disposition? I am a postgraduate student looking in particular at
developing the distinction in Relevance Theory between conceptual and
procedural information, but I am pretty well isolated as far as Relevance
theory is concerned here at York. With so much being published from so
many sources there is a real danger of much work being duplicated and
of genuine confusion arising in such a new and rapidly evolving approach
(for example Alex Klinge's excellent analysis of the English Modal
Auxiliaries in Jnl of Lings vol 29 offers a quite distinct version of the
conceptual/procedural distinction from that found in Wilson & Sperber 1993

I would be very interested to hear from any other relevance theorists. If
you would like to get in touch please write or e-mail stating your name,
contact address, the particular areas and languages you are most interested
in, papers written or in progress, etc. and I will circulate a list to all
those who respond. Unfortunately I am unable to organise an e-mail
noticeboard, but if anyone else is willing to take this on that would be

Many thanks,

Steve Nicolle, Department of Language and Linguistic Science,
University of York,
York, YO1 5DD

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