13.1914, Qs: Lang Identification, Theta > [f] Variation

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Subject: 13.1914, Qs: Lang Identification, Theta > [f] Variation

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Date:  Thu, 11 Jul 2002 20:39:29 +0000
From:  Natasha Warner <nwarner at u.arizona.edu>
Subject:  Language identification

2)
Date:  Fri, 12 Jul 2002 10:06:18 -0400
From:  "Kirk Hazen" <Kirk.Hazen at mail.wvu.edu>
Subject:  Re:  Variation of theta to [f] in varieties of English

-------------------------------- Message 1 -------------------------------

Date:  Thu, 11 Jul 2002 20:39:29 +0000
From:  Natasha Warner <nwarner at u.arizona.edu>
Subject:  Language identification

I have been given a list of words by someone who is unable to clearly
identify what language they are in, and I am curious to find out what
language(s) this may be, and what the language family is.  There may
be borrowing from a variety of related or unrelated languages
involved.  If anyone recognizes a reasonable number of words from the
following list as being (related to) a language they know (that is,
enough words to make it unlikely that the resemblance is by chance), I
would very much appreciate hearing about it.  The words I have for
this language are as follows, using @ for a reduced vowel, and
approximate IPA otherwise.

English          the language
man              awansa
woman            as at ktav@n
child            EdZE
ancient          kara
mother/nurturer  matj@
father/provider  tatj@
knife            sImsim
blanket          vas
deer             oromn@
bear             SaSa
racoon           tUktUk
bobcat           anem@
wolf             anansa
rabbit           atkErE
dog              oijo anansa (small wolf)
larger           sa?an
red hawk         ha?al
crow             tan at k
raven            kUroku
bluejay          katS at katS
quail            parakul
comb             orimn@
rock             maj@
mountain         sa?an maj@ (big rock)
homeland         ayoka

Thank you in advance for any help.

Natasha Warner
University of Arizona






-------------------------------- Message 2 -------------------------------

Date:  Fri, 12 Jul 2002 10:06:18 -0400
From:  "Kirk Hazen" <Kirk.Hazen at mail.wvu.edu>
Subject:  Re:  Variation of theta to [f] in varieties of English


I am looking for both linguistic and social information concerning
theta to [f] variation in varieties of English (e.g. "birthday" to
"bir[f]day" ). I know that in Northern varieties of US English, it can
be highly stigmatized; however, in the Southern US, it for the most
part passes unnoticed. I was wondering what the social constraints or
associations might be in other varieties of English. Email me
directly, and I will post a summary. Thanks, Kirk [krk]

Thanks for your help,
Kirk

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Kirk Hazen, Ph.D.
West Virginia Dialect Project
Department of English, Box 6296
West Virginia University
Morgantown WV
26506-6296

(304)293-3107 (p)
(304)293-5380 (f)
http://www.as.wvu.edu/~khazen

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