[Lingtyp] Search for Participants in Study on Sneezing Responses

Bruno Olsson olssonbruno at gmail.com
Tue Jun 29 02:05:07 UTC 2021

Dear Charlotte,

Some more data: Coastal Marind is somewhat similar to Mayali in having
clan-specific post-sneeze interjections, see p. 123--124 in my thesis
p. 145 in the published version
Olsson, Bruno. 2017. *The Coastal Marind language*. Doctoral thesis,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Villagers would often give me a spiel about how the purpose of the
interjections is to make it possible to identify your clan mates, e.g. if
you are visiting another village and you hear someone sneeze, and someone
else screams, say, *maghadugu!* ('tail-part of a wallaby cut in half'),
then you know that the sneezer belongs to the wallaby clan, and if you're a
wallaby person too, the two of you can hit it off.

Best, Bruno

On Mon, Jun 28, 2021 at 11:39 PM Nicholas Evans <nicholas.evans at anu.edu.au>

> Dear Charlotte
> I can't participate in an interview or questionnaire, but here is some
> relevant data.
> Check
> 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
> +49 174 9680099
> Thank you in advance! : )
> Charlotte Lehr
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