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|Patterns in Language Change, Acquisition and Dissolution: Noun Prefixes and Concords in Bantu.||Robert K. Herbert||103|
|The Old and the New World: Incorporating American Indian Forms of Discourse and Modes of Communication into Colonial Missionary Texts||Colleen Ebacher||135|
|An Incipient Ethnic Model for Urban Sango||William J. Samarin||166|
|Information Sequencing in Mandarin Letters of Request||Andy Kirkpatrick||183|
Notes and Research Reports
|Renaming a Country: The Case of Czechoslovakia||Zdenek Salzmann||204|
|Language Death: Factual and Theoretical Explorations with Special Reference to East Africa (Matthias Brenzinger)||Nancy C. Dorian||209|
|Language in Context: Essays for Robert E. Longacre (Shin Ja J. Hwang and William R. Merrifield, eds.)||Eugene A. Nida||211|
|Studying and Describing Unwritten Languages (Luc Bouquiaux and Jacqueline M. C. Thomas)||William J. Samarin||213|
|When Literacy Empowers: Navajo Language in Print (Daniel McLaughlin)||Deborah House||216|
|Schmick's Mahican Dictionary (Carl Masthay, ed.)||David J. Costa||217|
|The Structure of Thai Narrative (Somsonge Burusphat)||Anthony Diller||220|
|The Language of Jokes: Analysing Verbal Play (Delia Chiaro)||Mary Shapiro||221|
|Politeness Phenomena in England and Greece (Maria Sifianou)||Michael Herzfeld||223|
|Narrating Our Pasts: The Social Construction of Oral History (Elizabeth Tonkin)||Akosua Anyidoho||224|
|Tools, Language, and Cognition in Human Evolution (Kathleen R. Gibson and Tim Ingold, eds.)||Derek Bickerton||226|
Abstract. The central focus of the paper concerns the system of noun classes and agreement patterns in Bantu languages. Empirical data from three realms of language behavior are considered: processes of historical change, language acquisition, and aphasic dissolution. Samples of aphasic data were collected from Zulu-speaking aphasics in Johannesburg. These data are used to address a number of questions bearing on the issues of lexical representation and agreement: the hierarchical arrangement of noun classes in Banu, the role of alliteration in language-impaired performance, and the possibility of recognizing distinct breakdown types, one in which lexical representation is impaired and another in which morphosyntax is disturbed. Finally, the similarities and differences between the three data sets are discussed, with particular attention to the often reported "pedomorphic character" of much aphasic speech.
Abstract. New World colonial doctrinal writings have traditionally been viewed from a Eurocentric perspective. This paper explores missionary texts as part of a complex multicultural reality. Analysis of doctrinal texts is based on two examples--Juan de la Cruz's Doctrina christiana and Bernardino de Sahagún's Coloquios--and focuses on the communication context of those works in order to demonstrate that indigenous forms and modes of communication often lent shape to doctrinal writings.
Abstract. In a study to determine whether speakers of Sango could distinguish between urban and rural varieties of the language, 171 inhabitants of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, were asked to identify the relative age, gender, ethnicity, and provenience (urban vs. rural) of persons speaking Sango, based on tape-recorded samples. Analysis reveals that judgments were poorer than expected for age and gender, largely random for ethnicity, and interestingly suggestive for provenience. Moreover, speakers who were identified as Yakoma (or Riverine) were also associated with urbanity, a fact that implies a certain "ideal" or norm of urban Sango. This finding is linked with conclusions from other studies by the author.
Abstract. Native speakers of Chinese prefer to place requests toward the end of interactions or messages. Such requests generally conform to the following schema: salutation, preamble (facework), reasons, and then the request itself. This article analyzes requests that appear in letters written by Mainland Chinese to the China Section of Radio Australia.
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