LINGUIST List 8.1788

Tue Dec 16 1997

Qs: Romania, Mid-Vowels, Finno-Ugrian Fonts, Navajo

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  1. Radu Daniliuc, Romanian English Center
  2. A.R, Mid-Vowels/Acoustics
  3. Robert and Cheryl Hosken, Combined Finno-Ugrian Languages Font For Windows
  4. George Elgin, Suzette Haden Elgin, Native or fluent speakers of Navajo and Wolof

Message 1: Romanian English Center

Date: Fri, 05 Dec 97 11:57:37 +0000
From: Radu Daniliuc <>
Subject: Romanian English Center

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We are a group of linguists who want to open an English Linguist
Center in Romania. The English Language is very appreciated
here,although there are voices who claims that Romania is more related
to French. So,our intension is to open an ENGLISH Linguist Center
who,as its main activity, will provide information in this field of
English Linguistics. The center is destinated especially to
linguists,but we also want to give access to students,so that they
benefit of materials that normally,at their universities,are not

Unfortunately, we need sponsorship for this center. In our country we
couldn't get very much,so we dare to ask for help at you,the
linguists,as we think you will really understand our needs. If
anybody can - and want to - help our English Center to exist, with
books and everything else you consider necessary for such a
center,please do not hesitate to do it. Do think that somewhere are
people in the same field who need desperately your help.
We thank you in advance and promise all our consideration for your
We shall post a summary with all the people who helps us.
	Thank you,
	(to be) English Linguist Center
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Message 2: Mid-Vowels/Acoustics

Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 15:33:51 -0300 (GMT-0300)
From: A.R <>
Subject: Mid-Vowels/Acoustics

Dear Linguists,

A student of mine is preparing a masters degree on pre-tonic middle
vowels on north brazilian portuguese within a an acoustic
framework. She would like to have some hints at some bibliographical
works on the acoustics of middle vowels either in Brazilian portuguese
or other languages.

She would also like to know if there are some shareware or freeware
programs on acoustics. she's got only the Wincecil program. Please,
answer directly to my e-mail, she will post an summary if it is of
interest. Thanks.
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Message 3: Combined Finno-Ugrian Languages Font For Windows

Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 21:41:16 +0300
From: Robert and Cheryl Hosken <>
Subject: Combined Finno-Ugrian Languages Font For Windows

Dear Finno-Ugrian specialists,

My wife and I are Americans living in Ioshkar-Ola and teaching at the
Mari State University. She is a specialist in vocational
rehabilitation, and I am a computer software specialist and an amateur

You may well have noticed the problem that the special characters for
Hungarian, Finnish and Estonian are assigned to the same ASCII-codes
as various letters of the Cyrillic alphabet. Thus, if your Web browser
font is set to Latin-Cyrillic, you can't read Hungarian, Finnish or
Estonian correctly, and if your browser font is set to East European,
you can't read Russian at all.

I am writing to inform you of a combined Finno-Ugrian languages font
for Windows. It is a free, public-domain TrueType proportional font
for Windows named "Acyrillic SchoolBook" that I have adapted using a
font-editing program, so that we can write and send files over the
Internet, set up a Finno-Ugrian site on the World-Wide Web, etc.,
without the need to search for and install a different font for each
of various groupings of Finno-Ugrian languages.

The font can be downloaded from my Web site -

A software package to convert from one Cyrillic coding scheme to
another is also available -

(Please type the capital-letters and small-letters exactly as shown.)

The font file includes the font itself, a "Readme2.txt" file with an
overview and instructions on installation, and a "FinnUgor.doc" file
in Russian which explains the ASCII-codes assigned to each special
character. The standard Cyrillic letters are assigned to their usual
ASCII-codes (referred to as CP1251 Windows encoding). You will need to
install the font in order to be able to read or print out the
"FinnUgor.doc" file. If I have omitted any characters currently in use
in the major Finno-Ugrian languages (with over 100,000 speakers of the
language and with a written literature), or if you have other
comments, please feel free to contact me.

I would appreciate learning if there is any other single, unified
Finno-Ugrian font for Windows. If so, I am willing to change my coding
scheme. My goal is to provide a free, public-domain Windows font that
uses a universally-accepted F-U coding scheme. The particular font
that is used is of secondary importance, but should be in the public
domain. If anyone knows of a "prettier" TrueType Latin-Cyrillic
Windows font that is in the public domain, please let me know.

Our plan at the center for Finno-Ugrian research here in Ioshkar-Ola,
Mari El Republic of Russia is to build a multi-language Finno-Ugrian
dictionary using hypertext programming and make it freely available
over the World-Wide Web. We would invite your comments and
participation in this project as well!

You can see an example of my hypertext programming at my Web site

Cordially yours,

Robert Hosken
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Message 4: Native or fluent speakers of Navajo and Wolof

Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 12:54:19 -0500
From: George Elgin, Suzette Haden Elgin <>
Subject: Native or fluent speakers of Navajo and Wolof

Some time ago I asked for volunteers to complete a questionnaire on
multilingualism (by email or snailmail), for a book that I'm now
writing; I'm grateful to all of you who helped me gather
them. However, there are two languages for which I've been unable to
find respondents; to complete the set, I badly need a native or fluent
speaker of Navajo, and a native or fluent speaker of Wolof. Any
assistance you can give me will be very welcome.

Suzette Haden Elgin

PS: The reason you haven't had a summary from me on the question of
sources for those nonverbal communication statistics is because I'm
still looking. I do have a large assortment of email messages from
linguists saying they too would like to have those references; if I
find them, you'll be the first to know.

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