munro at ucla.edu
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.
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