Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 13:40:03 -0400
From: Robert Nicolao nicolai[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UNICE.FR
Subject: : sci.lang.compar.africa
REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
moderated group sci.lang.compar.africa
This a formal Request For Discussion concerning the creation of a new
moderated newsgroup called sci.lang.compar.africa. This is not a Call For
Votes (CFV). Please do not vote at this time.
Research on African Languages; all with the exception of Bantu, is at
present non-existent in discussions carried out within Newsgroups or on
mailing lists. This is also true of comparative research on African
It is for this reason that a group of comparative linguistics specialists
dealing in African languages of the Sahel region
(http://lolita.unice.fr/~rn/GDRE_orig.html) proposes to create a newsgroup
The group formed as a network around a research project concerned with
lexical distribution in the Sahel-Sahara zone, as well as with the study of
linguistic connections among languages in the region.
It is a French CNRS research organism
As a moderated group, sci.lang.compar.africa would be open to
topics where comparative linguistics in african languages are the subject
of discussion, this would include :
-languages and language families present in the
Sahel-Sahara zone: Mande, Chadic, Berber, Nilo-Saharan...
- Analysis of results obtained in the research on genetic
- Problems related to the description of changes in the
context of languages of oral tradition.
- Understanding linguistic changes and all the relevant
factors concerning language transformation.
Research workers who do not specialize in the above-mentioned
languages, but who nevertheless are interested in general issues of
theoretical or methodological value for the work carried out or research
tools involved, are welcome to contribute.
Issues of the following type will thus be discussed:
- Empirical issues (Particular facts pertaining to a language or a
- Methodological issues (Procedures and methods of description).
- Theoretical issues (Principles of language change).
- Epistemological or cognitive issues (The validity of established
facts and how these are obtained).
Contributions can be posted either in english or in french.
sci.lang.compar.africa will be a moderated group. The group has designated
Robert Nicolai, initiator and director of the project, as Moderator.
Moderator: Robert Nicolai nicolai[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]unice.fr
Contributions liables to be refused :
1) off-topic articles
2) gross profanity and indecency
5) non-specialist articles
This message initiates a discussion period to consider the creation of a
sci.lang.compar.africa newsgroup. Discussion will take place on
news.groups. If discussions are made in other newsgroups, they should
always be cross-posted to news.groups.
* This is not a call for votes. Please do not attempt to vote now.
A call for votes (CFV) will be issued approximately 4 weeks after this
RFD. When the CFV is posted, there will be instructions on how to mail your
votes to the independent vote-taker.
This RFD is in accordance with the Guidelines for Newsgroups Creation, and
has been cross-posted to the following relevant newsgroups:
It will also be posted in the following discussion-list :
L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]coombs.anu.edu.au
CORPORA: CORPORA[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HD.UIB.NO
LINGUIST: LINGUIST[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]tamvm1.tamu.edu
SCHOLAR: SCHOLAR[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]cunyvm.cuny.edu
ADS-L: ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uga.cc.uga.edu
AMAZIGH-NET: Rodolphe Suescun
suescun[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]esmeralda.imag.fr
djb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]darwin.bu.edu
L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]coombs.anu.edu.au
INDOEUROPEAN-L: Antony Green adg1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]cornell.edu
NAT-LANG: NAT-LANG[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]tamvm1.tamu.edu
SWAHILI-L: SWAHILI-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RELAY.ADP.WISC.EDU
SEALANG-L: * sealang-l-request[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]nectec.or.th
* gwyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ipied.tu.ac.th (Gwyn Williams)
* trin[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]nucleus.nectec.or.th (Trin Tantsetthi)
KAMUSI-L : kamusi-l[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]yalevm.cis.yale.edu
Martin Benjamin, email : hickory[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]yalevm.cis.yale.edu
INFO-SIL: evan.antworth[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]sil.org
INFO-SIL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SIL.ORG
ARCLING: Malcom Ross , malcom.ross[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]anu[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE].edu.au
FUNKNET : tgivon[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]oregon.uoregon.edu
Proposed by : Robert Nicolai nicolai[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]unice.fr