Sounds like Greek to me
Miriam E Ebsworth
mee1 at nyu.edu
Fri Dec 12 16:43:34 UTC 2008
As I understand it the "psychotypology of languages" refers to inferred relationships among languages by often naive individuals. I can see the intersection with folk linguistics as such perceptions are based on intuition rather than synchronic and diachronic analysis.
In a world where decisions regarding language learning are often made by politicians rather than scientists, this is an important discussion.
Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth, Ph.D.
<MEE1 at nyu.edu>
Director of Doctoral Programs in Multilingual Multicultural Studies
New York University,635 East Building
239 Greene St., New York, NY 10003
----- Original Message -----
From: Al Haraka <alharaka at gmail.com>
Date: Friday, December 12, 2008 9:45 am
Subject: Re: Sounds like Greek to me
To: lgpolicy-list at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
> Damien and Robert,
> I am by no means an expert, with my last linguistics courses over a
> Nonetheless, I thought professors in sociolinguistics referred to
> subset as "linguistic topology." I am not sure if it is an
> field of study or a hobby among really esoteric linguists. However,
> took a class with Arabic professors on Contrastive (Linguistic)
> (or whatever fancy name they had doctored), and the discussion of
> people's impressions on different dialects, the difficulty in
> other languages, was studied under those respective headings.
> I am not sure that helps. Someone can correct me if they wish.
> Damien Hall wrote:
> > Robert asked about linguists' work on folk perceptions of foreign
> > languages. Miriam said:
> >> I believe that Dennis Preston has done substantial work on 'folk
> >> linguistics.'
> > He has indeed, but as far as I'm aware all his work under that
> > has been on American dialectology: eg the words that people use to
> > describe others' dialects ('nasal', 'Southern twang', etc), and the
> > that listeners are able to place American accents on a North-South
> > continuum with a remarkable degree of precision (when played
> > spoken by ten speakers, given a map with a North-South line of ten
> > places on it, and asked to match speaker with place). I'm not aware
> > any work Dennis has done on folk perceptions of foreign languages,
> > though that, of course, doesn't mean to say that he hasn't done any!
> > Nevertheless, the question sounds like one that people in
> > linguistics might well have some tips on. There's a list you cuold
> > accessible here:
> > http://listserv.linguistlist.org/archives/edling.html
> > All the best
> > Damien
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