17.780 how words end

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 16:59:33 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 780.
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             Date: Thu, 08 Apr 2004 07:08:21 +0100
             From: "Jim Marchand" <marchand@staff.uiuc.edu>
             Subject: word final tendencies

    Speaking of the way words end in various languages. Among the
    Germanic languages, both Gothic and German change voiced obstruents
    to voiceless obstruents in word-final position (as does also
    Russian, for example), whereas on the other hand Italian usually
    insists on vowels in final position. This makes it hard to
    generalize. Caruso said it was why he could not sing in German. A
    good general guide to the use of statistics in the study of
    languages: Michael P. Oakes, Statistics for Corpus Linguistics.
    Edinburgh Textbooks in Empirical Linguistics (Edinburgh: Edinburgh
    University Press, 1998).

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