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Pamela Munro munro at
Tue Dec 28 04:55:13 UTC 2010

Thanks so much for this!

My father worked with Hockett (author, of course, of my first 
linguistics text) during WWII. I had heard of this but never seen it. I 
wish I could share it with my father...


Angus B. Grieve-Smith wrote:
> 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.

Pamela Munro,
Professor, Linguistics, UCLA
UCLA Box 951543
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1543

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