Date: Sat, 23 Mar 1996 01:08:52 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Defining Asia It is interesting, and curious, how the discussion of the limits of Asia keeps drifting to folk-identifications, rather than professional definitions by our fellow social scientists, geographers (whose relevance to linguistics geography should not be overlooked). For those interested, I would suggest looking at some basic geography texts in the library, or for those on university campuses, taking advantage of the presence of a whole department of people specialized in this field to ask. A survey of folk-definitions (like Dennis Preston's interesting study of folk-impressions of regional varieties of American English) is another matter, but presumably should begin from a base of professional definitions, just as linguists are not content to let folk-concepts determine our own analyses. --Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]