LINGUIST List 8.43

Fri Jan 17 1997

Qs: Neologism, Field work, Postmodernism

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  1. N o s t a l g i a, Neologism reference wanted
  2. Daniel L. Everett, Monolingual field work
  3. Bill Eggington, linguistics and postmodernism

Message 1: Neologism reference wanted

Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 21:55:18 +0900
From: N o s t a l g i a <>
Subject: Neologism reference wanted


Sorry for extremely fuzzy clues, but I am now looking for this
particular paper that (1) dealt with neologism in English, (2) taking
data from the Times (a British newspaper) and (3) was published within
last ten years. Someone mentioned the paper to me last summer, but he
was not able to give me the exact reference and my desperate search
began. Given the fact that he is a rather techie humanist, it is also
likely that the Times data comes from some kind of an electronic
corpus. If these three fuzzy sets ever ring a bell, please write to me
directly at

Thanks a lot,

Kenjiro Matsuda$B!"(BPh. D.
 Faculty of Integrated Sciences
 Hiroshima University
 Higashi Hiroshima, Hiroshima, JAPAN 739
Tel. +81-824-24-6434 [OFFICE]
Fax.: +81-824-24-0755 [DEPARTMENT OFFICE]
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Message 2: Monolingual field work

Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 09:15:51 -0500 (EST)
From: Daniel L. Everett <>
Subject: Monolingual field work

I am interested in collecting information on linguists' monolingual
field research experiences (i.e. those in which the linguist and the
language consultant speak no language in common in the first months of

Answers to the very general questions below would be helpful:

1. Does your institution offer a component on monolingual field
research in its field methods class?
2. Do you have experience in monolingual field research outside of the 

I will post a summary if there are responses.


Dan Everett


Dan Everett
Department of Linguistics
University of Pittsburgh
2816 CL
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-8101; Fax: 412-624-6130
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Message 3: linguistics and postmodernism

Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 10:54:45 -0700 (MST)
From: Bill Eggington <>
Subject: linguistics and postmodernism

In a moment of foolishness worthy of a visit from Dr. Kavorkian, I
have agreed to participate in a campus-wide seminar on
postmodernism. My assignment is to present or demonstrate applications
of postmodernism in my field -- linguistics, applied linguistics,
sociolinguistics. I told the very pro-postmodernist organizers that
postmodernism didn't have a following in linguistics, in fact most
postmodernist thought is somewhat antithetical to linguistics (the
signifier problem, linguistic determinism etc.). They want me to do
it anyway.

I will develop this antithetical thesis in my presentation, scheduled
for Feb. 20. I'd appreciate any guidance, suggestions, comments,
references, and/or invitations to leave the country the week of Feb.
20. I am currently reading Leonard Jackson's "The poverty of
structualism: Literature and structuralist theory" which has been a
good beginning. 

Bill Eggington
Dr. William Eggington
3164 JKHB, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602 USA.
Ph: (801) 378-3483; Fax: (801) 378-4720
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