User:Mchalfo1/Language selection

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I would like to work with someone who is good with computers, since I have a strong linguistics background but very little experience with CS.

Language Preference

  1. Swabian
  2. Dangaura Tharu
  3. Pontic Greek


Swabian swg is part of the Alemmanic language family, and is spoken in parts of southern Germany and western Austria. As of 2000, there are around 820,000 speakers of Swabian, and Ethnologue estimates it to be a "developing" language with a small but stable speaker population. These speakers would also use standard German. Depending on the defenition, Swabian may be defined as a dialect of German, and Ethnologue gives an estimate of 40% inherently intelligible of Standard German. I would guess the morphological typology of Swabian to be fusional, due to it's relationship to Standard German. It is written using Latin script.

Most of the resources on Swabian I could find are grammars in German, but there are acouple grammar resources in English and a few Swabian-English dictionaries. There is also a version of the New Testament in Swabian (and Harvard owns a copy). Outside of this, most resources I could find did not seem easily acquirable in any format.

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Dangaura Tharu

Dangaura Tharu thl is a variant of Tharu spoken by the Tharu people of Nepal. This Tharu variant has an estimated 674,000 speakers globally (mainly located in Nepal), and across all variants of Tharu there is an estimated 28,500 monolingual speakers. Ethnologue calls this a developing language with a stable, mid-sized population, and it has High vitality but increasing Nepali loanwords.

Based on information from 2 papers, I would tentatively place Dangaura Tharu in the agglutinative category of morphological typology [\[4][5]. Dangaura Tharu uses Devanagari script.

There have been multiple linguistic and sociolinguistic studies of Dangaura Tharu. The only Dangaura Tharu-English dictionary I could find is not available online, though multiple of the aforesaid studies do include wordlists. There is also a New Testament translation for this variant of Tharu.

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Pontic Greek

Pontic Greek pnt is spoken mainly in Greece. There are an estimated 400,000 speakers in Greece, and 778,000 speakers worldwide. Ethnologue describes this as having a probably "developing" status, with a stable, mid-sized speaker poplulation. There may be youth who speak standard Greek as their L1, but Ethnologue also says Standard Greek speakers cannot understand Pontic, and Pontic speakers reportedly do not understand or speak standard Greek.

primarily uses Greek script, but Latin or Cyrillic scripts have also been used, depending on the country.

There is a Pontic Greek-Turkish dictionary, with copies owned by American institutions. Otherwise, online dictionaries which may have existed no longer do and there don't seem to be physical dictionaries between Pontic Greek and English. There does not seem to be any translation of biblical text into Pontic Greek.

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