[Lingtyp] Search for Participants in Study on Sneezing Responses

Nicholas Evans nicholas.evans at anu.edu.au
Mon Jun 28 13:34:15 UTC 2021

Dear Charlotte
I can't participate in an interview or questionnaire, but here is some relevant data.

Evans, Nicholas.  1992b. Wanjh, bonj, nja: sequential organization and social deixis in Mayali interjections. Journal of Pragmatics  18.2/3:71-89.

There you will see that I discuss 'sneezing interjections' in Mayali: basically the appropriate response to a sneeze is to call out a special clan name of the sneezer (every clan has a regular name but also a sort of spirit name, which is what you should call out). The reason is that, if perchance the person's spirit was accidentally sneezed out, the clan name will guide it back to the right person.

Best Nick

Nicholas (Nick) Evans

Director, CoEDL (ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language)
Distinguished Professor of Linguistics
Coombs Building, Fellows Road
CHL, CAP, Australian National University

nicholas.evans at anu.edu.au

I acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as custodians of the land on which I work, and pay my respects to their elders, past, present and emerging. Their custodianship that has never been ceded.

From: Lingtyp <lingtyp-bounces at listserv.linguistlist.org> on behalf of Charlotte Lehr <charlotte.lehr at hotmail.com>
Sent: Friday, June 25, 2021 5:45 AM
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Subject: [Lingtyp] Search for Participants in Study on Sneezing Responses

Hello Lingtyp-members,

I'm Charlotte and right now writing my master thesis in Hamburg on the typology of verbal responses to sneezing. For this I have been conducting interviews with native speakers of several different languages, but am still in search of more participants as to make my thesis more significant. During a presentation of my priliminary results, someone gave me the tip to write to this mailing list and so I turn to you!
The interviews are fairly short (about 15 minutes) and are conducted over the internet (in audio or video chats if possible). The questions are about how in your native tongue people react to someone sneezing in their vicinity and things connected to this.

I would be delighted to get as varied a pool of participants as possible even though all I can offer in return is my gratitude. Some languages are already covered: Amaharic, Assamese, Bangla, Czech, English, Finnish, Fula, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Irish, Islandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mandarin, Persian, Portugese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Sadri, Slovac, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Yemba;
If you speak (or know people that speak) any other language(s) natively that are not covered in this list you have the potential to be a great help to me. Of special interest are languages natives to North and South America, of which I have so far 0.

If this sounds interesting to you and you would like to help me out, please contact me via mail or Whatsapp/Telegram/Signal.
charlotte.lehr at hotmail.com<mailto:charlotte.lehr at hotmail.com>
+49 174 9680099

Thank you in advance! : )
Charlotte Lehr
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