LINGUIST List 9.813
Tue Jun 2 1998
Qs: Eng. Words of Arabic Origin,,Stops,Greek
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Philippe LEMAIRE, English words from Arabic origin
cpeust, Qu: glottal stop
davide, Greek Endings
Message 1: English words from Arabic origin
Date: Sat, 23 May 1998 12:42:06 +0200
From: Philippe LEMAIRE <Philippe.Lemairecapway.com>
Subject: English words from Arabic origin
I teach English in France to many pupils from Arabic origin. I'm
looking for information about English words from Arabic origin. Thank
you for your contribution to my research.
P.S. I use my husband's E-mail address
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 13:49:08 +0200
From: ROELLY Guillaume <roellymagma.cgg.com>
Hello, I just reached your web site today speaking about this sign.
I'm french and yesterday I spoke half an hour with a Norwegiese to
make him know my e-mail adress. The problem was this particuliar sign.
He knew only the norwegian term for it which meant nothing to me ! He
tried to make me see by saying he pressed the keys "AltGr" and
"2". But as we do not share the same type of keyboards it's ~(tilde)
for me !
Moreover I was told when I started computing in 1982 that in french
the name for it was "aronde" wich shall be a play on words for "ronde"
means round so "aronde" sounds like "a ronde" (round a) "aronde" is
also a real french word used only in the "queue d'aronde" expression
meaning a dovetail in joinery businness.
Message 3: Qu: glottal stop
Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 10:46:03 +0000
From: cpeust <cpeustgwdg.de>
Subject: Qu: glottal stop
whenever a word begins with a vowel in German orthography, a glottal
stop is automatically added before in pronunciation. This is true also
in connected speech. For example "Ich esse ein Ei" (I eat an egg) is
pronounced something like: "?ic ?ese ?ain ?ai" (? = glottal stop)
While it is possible to omit some of these glottal stops in casual
speech (there are also regional differences), it is actually very
common to speak them. German has no glottal stops in other positions,
so the glottal stop is usually not considered a phoneme in German.
Now I am looking for other languages which behave similarly, i.e. in
which words cannot usually begin with a vowel, but may begin with a
glottal stop, whereas the glottal stop is not found in other
Many thanks in advance for any answers. I will put a summary on the
Carsten Peust, M.A.
Seminar fuer Aegyptologie
Message 4: Greek Endings
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 1998 15:40:10 +0200 (DFT)
From: davide <n.rossinihumnet.unipi.it>
Subject: Greek Endings
Hi. I'm making a research about Optative mood in ancient Greek texts
and I' m searching a PC program which could help me to find verb' s
attestations ( not only infinitive ) through all literature
( from Hesiod to New Testament ). Could anybody help me ?