User:Cayoh1/Language selection

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I'm not sure who I would like to work with, but someone with a linguistics background would be helpful!


Tiwi

Background Info

[1] Tiwi is spoken by the Tiwi people on the Tiwi Islands located in Northern Australia. There were around 2,040 speakers in 2016 according to the census. Tiwi speakers most likley don't speak another language as they are the only ethnic group on their islands. Traditional Tiwi speakers are dwindling as it is mainly spoken by people 65+ while the younger generation speak new Tiwi which is less complex gramatically. The ISO code for Tiwi is tiw.

Morphological Typology and Availability of Resources

Tarditional Tiwi is polysynthetic and higly inflected [2], but as New Tiwi is less complex I would say it may be becoming a fusional language. Here I have access to primary texts in Tiwi and other lexical resources, so I have enough data for a couple pages of text.

Pontic Greek

Background Info

[3] Pontic Greek is spoken mainly in the Pontus region in Norhtern Greece, but also has speakers in Turkey, Russia, Armenia, Georgia and Kazakhstan. There were around 778,000 native speakers in 2015 but of those only 200,00 - 300,000 are considered active speakers. Due to the diaspora, Pontic Greek speakers should speak a number of different langauges including Byzanrine Greek, Turkish, and Russian. The ISO code for Pontic Greek is pnt. It is written in Greek, Latin, and Cyrillic alphabets depending on where the speaker resides.

Morphological Typology and Availability of Resources

Pontic Greek is an agglutinative language and I know this, because it is a dialect of Greek which is agglutinative. There should be enough resources to find pages of text. Here is Pontic wikipedia [4] and a dataset of Pontic words [5]. General resources for Pontic can be found here.

Rohingya

Background Info

[6] Rohingya is spoken by the Rohingya people of Myanmar and Bangladesh. There were around 1.8 million speakers in 2012 according to the census. Rohingya speakers most likley speak another language notably Burmese or Bengali as those are the official languages spoooken in Myanmar and Bangladesh respectively. The ISO code for Rohingya is rhg.

Morphological Typology and Availability of Resources

I think Rohingya is a Fusional language, because morphemes combine tense and speaker information meaning there isn't a 1:1 morpheme to meaning ratio. [7] [8] I also think finding resources will not take that much time. There is a language academy with teaching sources for the language and grammar examples. [9]