LINGUIST List 9.1432

Wed Oct 14 1998

Qs: Brain & literacy, Euphemisms

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  1. Peter T. Daniels, Research on brain & literacy
  2. Giovanni Iamartino, Euphemisms in English

Message 1: Research on brain & literacy

Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 07:32:01 -0400
From: Peter T. Daniels <>
Subject: Research on brain & literacy

Maybe someone can help with an incomplete reference.

On p. 173 of *Schrift und Schriftlichkeit*, Herbert Brekle refers to his
discussion of Derrick de Kerckhove's (1988) suggestions regarding
lateralization, direction of writing, and presence of notation of vowels
in a script. The reference is given simply as "erscheint. Die
Antiqualinie von -1500 bis +1500. Prinzipien und Parameter der
Morphogenese des westlichen Alphabets." Does anyone know where I can
find this?

Also, does anyone know of any further discussions of de Kerckhove's
notions? I had not previously encountered them in the literature on
writing systems (two chapters in *The Alphabet and the Brain*, ed. de
Kerchkove and Lumsden, which reports a 1982 Toronto conference convened
to address the question; I have to assume that much of the
neurolinguistics in the book is by now severely outdated).
Peter T. Daniels
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Message 2: Euphemisms in English

Date: Sat, 10 Oct 1998 12:27:44 +0100
From: Giovanni Iamartino <>
Subject: Euphemisms in English

Dear netters,

a student of mine is writing her dissertation on the use of euphemisms
in the English language. Please let me know of any addresses where she
could find updated bibliographical information. She has traced
references to articles published in "Waiguoyu" (Beijing, China) by
such scholars as Dingfang Shu (1989), Guonan Li (1989), Songnian Wang
(1993) and Qingcheng Kong (1993): is it possible to have a copy of
these via e-mail?

Thank you very much for any leads you can give.

Giovanni Iamartino

Chair of History of English
University of Milan, Italy
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