14.713, Media: BBC: The @ sign

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Subject: 14.713, Media: BBC: The @ sign

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Date:  Wed, 12 Mar 2003 20:08:24 +0800
From:  "Karen S. Chung" <karchung at ntu.edu.tw>
Subject:  Media: BBC: The @ sign

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Date:  Wed, 12 Mar 2003 20:08:24 +0800
From:  "Karen S. Chung" <karchung at ntu.edu.tw>
Subject:  Media: BBC: The @ sign

     Some of you may remember the survey on names for the @ sign in
different languages (see:

http://linguistlist.org/issues/7/7-968.html  #1,
http://linguistlist.org/issues/7/7-1177.html  #1 and
http://linguistlist.org/issues/11/11-1970.html  #1).

    The BBC has picked up on the story, and broadcast a feature on the
@ sign in the March 12, 2003 European edition of the _The World
Today_. An audio file of the broadcast is available at this URL:


    The audio link can also be accessed from this text page:


    It's an hour-long program, and the feature doesn't start till
about the 53 minute point. You can push the cursor to almost the end
of the slidebar to get to the feature more quickly.

    For those interested, a number of links to other media reports in
various languages on the @ sign are collected here:


    The BBC feature concludes with a call for listeners to contribute
further names for the @ sign in their own languages. So if a name used
for the @ sign in a language you know is not included in the above
sums, please do write and let me know - and/or e-mail the BBC at
world.today at bbc.co.uk - and I may be able to summarize yet again!

    Another round of thanks to all the people who helped with the
original @ survey!

    Karen Steffen Chung
    National Taiwan University
    karchung at ntu.edu.tw


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