User:Dswanso1/Language selection

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I think I'm probably going to try to learn whatever language I'm working on, and if there's anyone else who feels similarly that would be really cool. Otherwise I'm happy to work with whoever.

Berik

Description

From Ethnologue [1]: Code: bkl, Pop: 1200, Status: population declining, Script: Latin, Location: Indonesia. Based on a skim of the grammar sketch [2] it looks largely agglutinating with some fusional tendencies (jila ~ jalbili, nasona ~ nasbawena verb conjugation).

Resources

Bible: [3] Wikipedia: [4] Other: [5] [6]

Comments

I know the people who did the Bible translation.

Chaldean Neo-Aramaic

Description

From Ethnologue [7]: Code: cld, Pop: 200,000, Status: spoken but not being passed on to children, Script: Syriac [8] (similar to Hebrew and Arabic scripts), Location: Iraq and some neighboring regions. Wikipedia [9] indicates that Aramaic languages in general have triliteral root systems like other Semitic languages, so Chaldean Neo-Aramaic would presumably follow the same pattern.

Resources

Wikipedia: [10] Texts: [11] Bible: [12]

Comments

I'm already learning a Semitic lang.

Fijian

Description

From Wikipedia [13]: Codes: fi & fij, Pop: 300,000, Status: in use in public education [14], Script: Latin, Location: Fiji. LanguagesGulper [15] says it uses primarily affixation, though it does mention reduplication, so I would say agglutinating since the affixes appear to be single features (except possessives) and I have yet to see an example where any of them changes form.

Resources

Texts: [16] (many of them)