Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Re: question: Arabic morphology

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Monday, August 21, 2000, 15:00
On Mon, 21 Aug 2000, Michael Potter wrote:

> yl112@CORNELL.EDU writes: > > > > [What is 'generic' here?] > > > > Used in making general statements, e.g. Daggers are sharp. You're > > talking about a class of items, not a particular instance--making a > > generalization. I don't know if it's legit, but hey, it tickled my fancy. > > Just wondering, Yoon, but have you ever done any Java programming? I do like > the idea of that distinction, maybe I can borrow it from you? :)
Yes, I have. :-) I've programmed in Pascal (self-taught, so the first text game I wrote was utter inelegant hash, but what can you do?), Java and Dylan (obscure but achingly elegant, beautiful, *beautiful* language related to LISP or Scheme, don't know how computer language taxonomy works). You can borrow the distinction. I'm sure someone else has done it!
> I'm thinking of ordering _The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language_, unless I > can find something better. Looking at the page on, I see at least > one list member who has recommended it, anyone else want to help me out?
I liked it as a general introduction. I read it with no prior linguistics unless you count HS French and I could make sense of most of it. I still think any book that has stuff on phonetics should come with a cassette tape, and for some reason I can't get .au files to play on this computer for phonetics-website-viewing, which is something I'll need to fix. I got 2nd ed. for $20 at a used bookstore. (I couldn't believe someone had given it up!) I read Fromkin & never-can-remember-the-other-name's _Introduction to Linguistics_, which seemed to be a similar thing with less pictures and more exercises. :-p I've also tried Ronald Macaulay's _The Social Art_, which was too geared toward monolinguistic-English-speakers for my taste, but it might be a gentler introduction (which, however, I doubt you need). YHL