17.752 German e-learning? ethnography? consonants in Turkic languages?

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 16:57:40 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 752.
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       [1] From: Cristina Varisco <krissy_var@YAHOO.IT> (12)
             Subject: e-learning for German language

       [2] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk> (24)
             Subject: doing the ethnography

       [3] From: "Yuri Tambovtsev" <yutamb@mail.cis.ru> (15)
             Subject: Sonarant consonant tendencies in Turkic languages

             Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 07:07:52 +0100
             From: Cristina Varisco <krissy_var@YAHOO.IT>
             Subject: e-learning for German language

    I am a graduating student and I am looking for e-learning used for the
    "learning" and teaching of the German language. I know that it is more
    likely to find the English language, but I thought you can help me in
    finding something.
    I will then examin the software used to make it. My "thesis paper" is about
    computer linguistic, that's is why I subscribed to "Humanist".
    Thank you

    Cristina Varisco

             Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 07:11:35 +0100
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: doing the ethnography

    In the application of computing to research in the humanities, it is often
    said that minds change as a result. After all the silt, twigs, sand and
    pebbles of the dawn-of-a-new-consciousness sort have been washed away,
    nuggets of gold remain. Scholars whom one trusts attest to their minds
    having been changed -- and not so much about computing in isolation as
    about their own fields of study. Anyone who has done such research will not
    find their statements at all difficult to believe. But one must move on
    from belief, at least we must, to the details. So how is this done?

    It seems obvious to me that ethnographic studies need to be done of work in
    collaborative humanities computing projects to get at the details of this
    claimed and believed metanoia. *How* are minds changed? In what
    *particulars*? What *exactly* tends to induce the change? Is this a
    permanent flip, a phase in a flip-flop or the making of a new mind that
    co-exists alongside the old one, creating a useful double vision? What are
    we leaving behind, making obscure by passing over the cognitive digital
    threshold? And so on.



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             Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 07:11:59 +0100
             From: "Yuri Tambovtsev" <yutamb@mail.cis.ru>
             Subject: Sonarant consonant tendencies in Turkic languages

    Dear Humanist colleagues, I have computed several Turkic languages (among
    them Tatar, Turkish, Turkmen, Bashkir, Jakut, Shor, Altaj-Kizhi, Azeri,
    Tuvinian, etc.). I discovered that by the Chi-squire criterion the sonorant
    consonants occur at the end of the word (Auslaut) more than at the
    beginning of the word (Anlaut). It is usually several times greater. I
    wonder if it is the same in other world languages? I mean if the tendency
    of the greater occurence of sonorants at the end of the word is usual for
    other language families. I plan to verify it on the texts of the
    Tungus-Manchurian, Paleo-Asiatic, Indo-European, Finno-Ugric, Samoyedic and
    Finno-Ugric language families. I am writing an article on the use of the
    sonorant consonants at the beginning and end of the word in Turkic and the
    other languages. please, advise me in what journal I may get it published.
    Looking to hearing from you to
    <mailto:yutamb@hotmail.com>yutamb@hotmail.com Remain yours sincerely Yuri
    Tambovtsev <mailto:yutamb@hotmail.com>yutamb@hotmail.com

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