13.0539 divers queries & requests

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      [1] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (8)
            Subject: Linguistic Help

      [2] From: Paul Brians <brians@mail.wsu.edu> (14)
            Subject: Teaching Handmaid's Tale?

      [3] From: Catherine Harbor <C.Harbor@rhbnc.ac.uk> (10)
            Subject: Macaulay and Newspapers

      [4] From: "m.p.yadav" <mpyadav@bol.net.in> (55)
            Subject: emotion

      [5] From: "alessandroponti@libero.it" (22)

            Date: Sat, 8 Apr 2000 17:14:43 -0500 (EST)
            From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
            Subject: Linguistic Help

    >> From: Young David <9821163@student.ul.ie>

    Hello, this is a request for information. I'm a Masters student at the
    University of Limerick and am interested in conducting a corpus based
    comparative analysis of Hiberno (Southern Irish) and British-English. The
    study will pertain to spoken discourse as evidenced in radio broadcasts,
    taking linguistic features such as tense/aspect into consideration. I would
    greatly appreciate if you could refer me to someone who has undertaken a
    similar course of research and/or the type of methodological framework used,
    e.g. Biber's MF/MD framework. Yours sincerely. David Young.

            Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 13:07:47 -0700
            From: Paul Brians <brians@mail.wsu.edu>
            Subject: Teaching Handmaid's Tale?

    I am working with a high school teacher who has been challenged before the
    school board because she has taught Margaret Atwood's _The Handmaid's
    Tale_. She is looking for evidence that the book is widely taught as a
    respectable literary text in college courses--and if possible--in high
    school courses. I've found a number of syllabi in the Web; but perhaps some
    of you have information that would help her.

    Please send messages to her directly:Elizabeth Coman
    <ecoman@onramp113.org>, and cc them to me. Thanks,

    Paul Brians, Department of English
    Washington State University
    Pullman, WA 99164-5020

            Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2000 15:38:37 +0100
            From: Catherine Harbor <C.Harbor@rhbnc.ac.uk>
            Subject: Macaulay and Newspapers

    In an unpublished paper I have come across the following:

    "The 19th-century historian Macaulay maintained that the only true
    history of a country is the newspapers".

    No reference is given as a basis for this assertion and I have not been
    able to locate an appropriate quotation myself. Any suggestions
    gratefully received.

    With thanks,

    Catherine Harbor,
    Royal Holloway University of London.

            Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 09:08:59 +0530
            From: "m.p.yadav" <mpyadav@bol.net.in>
            Subject: emotion

    Kindly share the following Brain - Imaging experiment with your
    colleagues .

    Emotion can intensify / sustain only when visual and verbal processing
    associated with the emotion slows down ( stops / freezes ).

    The degree of difficulty of an emotion depends upon the degree of
    freezing ( of visuals and words ) required to intensify and sustain that
    particular emotion.


    Subjects (preferably actors specialising in tragedy / tragic roles )
    will be asked to watch a silent video film showing any of the

    (1) Human suffering.
    (2) Animal suffering.
    (3) Suffering ( Destruction ) of Air / Water / Land / Trees.

    Subjects will be asked to intensify and sustain the subjective feeling
    of empathy for the sufferer.
    Their brains shall be scanned by Brain Imaging Machines ( PET / FMRI ).

    The silent video film will be shown at different speeds :
    (1) 125% of actual speed.
    (2) Actual/real speed.
    (3) 75% of actual speed.
    (4) 50% of actual speed.
    (5) 25% of actual speed.

    Two kinds of neural activity will take place :
    (A) Neural activity associated with visual processing.
    (B) Neural activity associated with subjective feeling of emotion (
    empathy )

    Results :

    (1) Intensity of emotion increases with the decrease in visual speed.
    (2) Intensity of emotion is maximum when visual speed is minimum ( 25 %
    of actual speed ).
    (3) The amount of chemical change in the brain ( and rest of the body )
    will be found
    to increase with the decrease in visual speed.

    In the 2nd stage of experiment we shall replace the silent video film
    with an Audio tape and repeat the procedure thereby establishing the
    link between intensity of emotion and rate of verbal processing.

    Kindly share this message with people who could help in getting the
    experiment conducted in a Neuroscience laboratory.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Sushil Yadav
    Delhi, India

    Please note:
    (1) If the co-relation is wrong it will be proved wrong experimentally
    and the matter will end there.
    (2) A thinking mind cannot intensify /sustain any emotion.
    While this statement is generally true for all emotions, it is
    particularly true for all painful emotions.

    (3) Empathy = Sadness + Worry ( for the suffering of others )

      It will be found that empathy activates the same parts of the brain
    (neural circuits ) which are activated by sadness and worry. ( The
    chemical changes are also the same )

    Sadness and worry ( for the suffering of others ) are emotions of the
    highest level.

            Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 11:19:28 +0200
            From: "alessandroponti@libero.it" <alessandroponti@libero.it>

    Dear Humanists,
    I am looking for some more addresses of discussion groups in Literature
    -I am very interested in this kind of immediate cultural exchange-. If
    anyone sent me some, I would really appreciate it. Thank you in advance.
    Alessandro Ponti

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