User:Lchien1/Language selection

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I am open to working with anyone. I do not know anyone in the class.

Three languages I might like to work on this semester include:

Amis:

  • Amis seems to be a polysynthetic language, with roots that can be expanded to mean larger phrases in English. For example, "rakat" meaning "walk" can. be expanded to "r-um-akat" meaning "to walk" and "pa-ka-r-um-akat-en" meaning "will be made to walk" (from Kazuhiro Imanishi at the University of Tokyo).
  • 108,000 speakers.
  • Spoken in Hualien on the eastern coast of Taiwan. Speakers might also speak Taiwanese or Mandarin.
  • Amis is an Austronesian language of Taiwan.
  • Status is 6b: Threatened.
  • The written language is using the latin script, with the vowels a, e, i, u and the consonants c, d, g, h, k, l, m, n , ng, p, r, s, t, v, w, x, y, z, and also utilizes hats and apostrophes.
  • ISO Code: AMI
  • Finding texts for this language may be a bit more difficult but I did manage to find some, such as the holy bible. http://www.language-archives.org/language/ami
  • A word list/dictionary is also available. https://acd.clld.org/languages/227

Swabian:

  • A synthetic, fusional language. Roots and morphemes are often fused. There is inflectional morphology in the language, such as conjugation or changing the tense of a word.
  • 820,000 speakers.
  • Spoken in Germany, specifically the Baden-Württemberg state and the Bayern state: Schwaben area.
  • This language is a variety of Alemannic German.
  • Status is 5: Developing.
  • It writes with the German alphabet, which uses the same 26 letters as English, plus three umlauts (ae, oe, and ue) and an essett.
  • ISO code: SWG
  • I don't anticipate difficulty finding text...the Wikipedia page even includes a list of Swabian Dialect Writers.

Alemannic:

  • Similar to Swabian, A synthetic, fusional language. Roots and morphemes are often fused. There is inflectional morphology in the language, such as conjugation or changing the tense of a word.
  • 6,434,400 speakers.
  • Spoken in Switzerland and throughout Germany.
  • This language is a variety of German.
  • Status is 5: Developing.
  • It writes with the German alphabet, which uses the same 26 letters as English, plus three umlauts (ae, oe, and ue) and an essett.
  • ISO code: GSW
  • Again, I don't anticipate difficulty finding text...the Wikipedia page names a few texts written in Alemannic which I may use as a starting point.,,,