18.123 European dialects

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2004 13:11:20 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 18, No. 123.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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         Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2004 07:06:22 +0100
         From: "Nico Weenink" <nweenink_at_xs4all.nl>
         Subject: Re: 18.112 more world languages, please

Dear collegues,

Recently (yesterday) Sjef Barbiers of the Meertens Institute won a European
prize for his syntactic atlas of dutch dialects (see
http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/publicaties/online.html for the publications
list of the Meertens Institute). With the money he won, about 1,25 million
Euro, he want to establish a European network.
I do not know if you are interested in dialects as well, but the principles
might be the same. Sjef has held interviews with more than 600 dialect
speakers in 267 Dutch and Flemish places. I am not sure weather the
soundfiles of the interviews are stored, or the transcriptions. But you
could contact him personally. Hope this is of some help.

Kind regards and good luck,

Nico Weenink

> Date: Tue, 03 Aug 2004 06:55:11 +0100
> From: "Yuri Tambovtsev" <yutamb_at_mail.cis.ru>
> >
> Dear Humanist colleagues, I have collected and computed 163 world
> languages. Now I have 163 sound pictures. I wonder if I can collect some
> more. I need some more to find out solid common features of the sound
> chains in language as an entity. May be, some American Indian or
> will be all right since these languages were never computed to obtain the
> phonostatistical characteristics. I wonder if I should go to the USA or
> Australia to collect the texts in these unknown languages. I wonder if the
> USA or Australian government provides some grants for the endagered
> languages, which have not been written down. May be, somebody could advise
> me where to go to collect new linguistic material. I guess many languages,
> especially American Indian languages disappear at a rapid speed, which
> encreases with every day. Looking forward to hearing from you soon to
> <mailto:yutamb_at_hotmail.com>yutamb_at_hotmail.com Yours sincerely Yuri
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