LINGUIST List 8.1048

Sat Jul 12 1997

Qs: Tabassaran, Negation, Socioling

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  1. Piller, Query: TABASSARAN / case
  2. The American College of Greece Faculty, WORKING ON NEGATION
  3. Waruno Mahdi, Q: Double-Dutch and Youthese

Message 1: Query: TABASSARAN / case

Date: Tue, 08 Jul 1997 18:51:24 +0200
From: Piller <>
Subject: Query: TABASSARAN / case


just read that the North Caucasian language TABASSARAN (or: TABASARAN,
TABASARANTSY, GHUMGHUM) has 52 cases. Is that true? Does anyone have
further information? Which language has the largest number of cases?
Thanks for any input, IP

	Dr. Ingrid Piller
Seminar fuer Englische Sprache und Kultur
Universitaet Hamburg
Von-Melle-Park 6
D - 20146 HAMBURG
phone: 	+49-40-4123-4855
fax:	+49-40-4123-4856
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Date: Tue, 8 Jul 1997 15:43:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: The American College of Greece Faculty <>

Hi.. I am a post-graduate student writing my P.hD on the acquisition
of negation in Modern Greek. I would be grateful if you could share
pieces of information or data. Please indicate my name (VASSO
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Message 3: Q: Double-Dutch and Youthese

Date: Wed, 9 Jul 1997 15:25:47 +0100
From: Waruno Mahdi <>
Subject: Q: Double-Dutch and Youthese

Dear Linguists,

not being particularly in to sociolinguistic literature myself, I
do hope some of you could help me with references to (preferably
not too inaccessible) literature on the sociolinguistic aspects
of the following two (distinct) phenomena:

(A) secret signalization codes among children approaching (but still
 not having fully reached) the age of adolescence, particularly
 so-called "Double-Dutch" (a more or less invariant standard
 syllable is inserted into every word to render it unrecognizable)
 in various languages of the World;

(B) exclusivist, but not particularly secretive youth-specific
 slang, so-called "Youthese", among teenagers (adolescents),
 functioning as peer, in-group, or clique trademark.

If you know of publications in which the two phenomena were compared
with each other, I would be interested in that too.

Please answer directly to me. I'll post a complete summary.

Thanks in advance and regards, Waruno

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