LINGUIST List 5.247

Thu 03 Mar 1994

Qs: Medical, Gothic corpus, Fricative vowels, Pharyngeals

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  • , Q: Medical dicts and text
  • Ljuba Veselinova, Question on Gothic Corpus
  • John Hajek, fricative vowels
  • wendy sandler, pharyngeals and voice

    Message 1: Q: Medical dicts and text

    Date: Wed, 02 Mar 94 10:10:10 ESQ: Medical dicts and text
    From: <>
    Subject: Q: Medical dicts and text

    I am interested in tracking down any electronically available MEDICAL dictionaries, wordlists, and even corpora for a project I am working on. Any help to point me in the right direction would be appreciated. I will gladly post a summary to the list for other interested parties. Thanks in advance for any help,

    Gillian Smith email: phone: 603/672-6151 fax: 603/672-8025

    Message 2: Question on Gothic Corpus

    Date: Wed, 2 Mar 1994 22:34:30 GQuestion on Gothic Corpus
    From: Ljuba Veselinova <>
    Subject: Question on Gothic Corpus

    I am Ph.D. student in linguistics in Stockholm and I am doing a research work on Gothic. Does anyone know of the existence of a Corpus in Gothic?

    I am thankful for all help.


    Message 3: fricative vowels

    Date: Thu, 03 Mar 1994 16:31:18 fricative vowels
    From: John Hajek <>
    Subject: fricative vowels

    Subject: Time:16:25 OFFICE MEMO fricative vowels Date:3/3/94 topic: fricative vowels

    I am trying to track down languages (and descriptions of such languages - in any language) that are reported to have fricative vowels. Mandarin Chinese is a classic example: it has so-called "apical vowel" allophones (of /i/) after coronal affricates and fricatives, e.g [sZ] where [Z] is an apical fricative vowel. I am especially interested in languages that have "non-homorganic" fricative vowels, eg some minority languages in Southern China which have phonemic "apical vowels" after all consonants regardless of place, eg. [lZ]. The phonetic description of such vowels is indeterminate, and in the case of Chinese authors disagree as to whether it is a vowel or simply a syllabic fricative.

    I have sketchy reports of fricative vowels in Africa, but no details.

    Any references (inc acoustic/phonetic descriptions) would be appreciated.

    Message 4: pharyngeals and voice

    Date: Thu, 03 Mar 94 10:52:40 ISpharyngeals and voice
    From: wendy sandler <RHLE702UVM.HAIFA.AC.IL>
    Subject: pharyngeals and voice

    If anyone out there knows of any phenomena of the following sort, I would be very grateful for information about them:

    processes that spread pharyngeal and laryngeal features (especially voice) together

    processes that delink pharyngeal and laryngeal features (especially voice) together, i.e. that neutralize pharyngeal-laryngeal and voice distinctions in some environment

    any other process that treats pharyngeal, laryngeal, and voice features as one class.

    Please send answers/comments to me at the above address.