Date: Mon, 17 Nov 1997 12:13:26 +0900


Subject: Re: Posts from non-professionals

Alan Baragona wrote:

It would be nice, however, if students refrained from insulting

professional linguists by saying things like "Have you ever heard of

Semiotics?" Sheesh.

Alan B.

I second the "Sheesh". Isn't there a difference between

"non-professional" and "un-professional"? (not to mention just plain


Ron Butters posted something a while back regarding manners on these

mailing lists. When all you (or "one") have to go on is some typed

words on a page, it is easier to (mis)interpret them as being rude and

vicious. Before one pushes one's "send" button, one needs to consider

whether or not what one has written (perhaps in the spirit of

lightheartedness) may be misconstrued as being mean as a yard dog.

Danny Long

P.S. A technical question: Anyone know why the "reply" button on my

computer works differently for postings from Alan Baragona than from

other people? If I push "reply", the email goes to him rather than the

list. For most other posters, the "reply" button starts an email back

to the list. I mention this because if this is true for other posters, I

(and other people) may have been inadvertantly sending things just to

individuals that we thought we were posting to the list.


Daniel Long, Associate Professor NEW tel +81-6-723-8297

Japanese Language Research Center NEW fax +81-6-723-8302

Osaka Shoin Women's College dlong[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

4-2-26 Hishiyanishi

Higashi-Osaka-shi, Osaka Japan 577