Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 780.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Thu, 08 Apr 2004 07:08:21 +0100
From: "Jim Marchand" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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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