LINGUIST List 9.730

Sat May 16 1998

Qs: Philology,Spanish,Quote,Arabic

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  1. SILVER, Re: 9.685, Disc: Philology vs. Linguistics
  2. Travis Bradley, Spanish Vowel Duration
  3. Mike_Maxwell, Lakoff Quote?
  4. Victor Vazquez Martinez, Q: CENTRAL ASIAN ARABIC

Message 1: Re: 9.685, Disc: Philology vs. Linguistics

Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 13:26:09 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: 9.685, Disc: Philology vs. Linguistics

This discussion is timely because a colleague (in Sociology) just
asked me yesterday if there were any Departments of Philology in the
U.S. His son just completed the German approximation of our "high
school" and wants to come to the U.S. for a graduate proagram in
philology. My colleague was not clear what his son meant by philology
- but I said I'd ask on the LIST whether there were any U.S. Depts of
Linguistics that allow for an emphasis in philology (as opposed to
linguistics) --or, for that matter, are there any Depts. of Philology
per se.
	My colleague and I would appreciate any help we might get.
Thanks in advance. 

Shirley Silver
Dept. of Anthropology/Linguistics
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA 94928 
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Message 2: Spanish Vowel Duration

Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 16:38:50 -0400
From: Travis Bradley <>
Subject: Spanish Vowel Duration

Dear Linguists,

We are looking at unstressed vowel reduction in the central highland
dialect of Ecuadorian Spanish, a phenomenon whereby atonic vowels may
be shortened, devoiced or centralized. In Lipski (1990:15), we have
found two references for Spanish vowel duration, Lehiste (1970) and
Lipski (1974), which suggest that "unstressed vowels in all dialects
of Spanish are uniformly shorter than their stressed counterparts."
We would like to know if anyone has references regarding the duration
of tonic and atonic vowels in general Spanish.

Please reply to either of the following addresses:

Travis Bradley
Erin O'Rourke

We appreciate any responses and will post a summary of what we

Travis Bradley
Erin O'Rourke
Dept. of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
The Pennsylvania State University
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Message 3: Lakoff Quote?

Date: Sat, 16 May 1998 18:22 -0500 (EST)
From: Mike_Maxwell <>
Subject: Lakoff Quote?

I'm looking for the source of a quote which I recall being attributed
to a proponent of generative semantics, possibly George Lakoff. My
recollection is that this person was asked what, in his view, had
remained constant in the Chomskyan version of linguistics between
Syntactic Structures and the (then) present. His reply was something
like "the method of argumentation." I've looked through various old
papers, but of course that's not the sort of thing you find in a
typical linguistics paper; maybe it came out in an interview. Can
anyone help my poor memory?

 Mike Maxwell
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Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 02:02:05 +0200
From: Victor Vazquez Martinez <>

 I would like to ask specialists about the fate of Arabic as
spoken in the Boukhara and Quachqa-darya area( D. Cohen, "Arabe"in
"Les langues dans le monde ancien et moderne.Troisieme partie. Les
langues chamito-semitiques. C.N.R.S.1988.). According to Alan
S. Kaye, the speakers of "Soviet Central Asian Arabic" have probably
all assimilated to another language ( "Arabic" in B. Comrie (ed.). The
Worlds Major Languages. Routledge. 1981). Is it so?

Victor Vazquez Martinez
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