Book suggestions

Angus B. Grieve-Smith grvsmth at
Tue Dec 28 03:08:37 UTC 2010

On 12/27/2010 9:06 PM, Ellen Contini-Morava wrote:
> let me recommend one of my favorite explanations of the phonemic 
> principle by the late, great Charles Hockett:  "How to learn 
> Martian".  Originally published in /Astounding Science Fiction/, 1955, 
> and reprinted in /The View From Language/.Athens, GA:University of 
> Georgia Press 1977.

     Thanks!  As is less and less surprising, it's available online:

     I'll have to try that on some of my students next semester and see 
if they can relate to it any better than the account in /Language 
Files/.  Of course, maybe it needs to be updated for the /Stargate: 
Universe/ generation.  I'm not convinced that "machines" can't do at 
least some of the phonemic analysis that Hockett describes.

				-Angus B. Grieve-Smith
				grvsmth at

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