User:Pwheele1/Language selection

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Language Selection

Partner Preference

Someone very knowledgeable about linguistics. Computer Science is my specialty.

Language Preferences

Pontic Greek

Morphological Typology

Pontic Greek practices conjugation and declension with suffixes, so I believe it is somewhat agglutanative. [1]

Basic Information

  • ISO 639-3: pnt. [1]
  • It has used the Greek, Turkish, and Cyrillic alphabet.[1] Greek seems to be the most prominent one online.
  • The 778,000 speakers inhabit Greece, Turkey, and several countries in Eastern Europe. [1]

Materials

Given what I have found in a couple hours, I'm fairly confident I can locate a few pages of text.

  • Hellenic Language Boy Blog [2]
  • Pontic Greek Wikipedia [3]
  • Pontic Greek Narratives [4] [5]
  • Pontic Corpora from the University of Leipzig. [6]

Kanza

I understand this language doesn't have many speakers, but I easily found high-quality resources.

Morphological Typology

Kanza attatches pronouns and prepositions to verbs via prefixes.[7] Kanza is so verb-based that it lacks adjectives. [7]

Basic Information

  • ISO 639-3: ksk. [8]
  • 12 L2 speakers. [9]
  • The Kaw Nation inhabit Oklahoma and Kansas. [10]
  • Like many Native American languages, its alphabet is based on English.

Materials

I have already located a dictionary [11] and several pages of text.[12]

Tigre

Morphological Typology

Tigre contains both synthetic and analytic qualities.
On the synthetic side, it indicates cases by adding suffixes and changing the stems of words.[13]
On the other hand, the language indicates some pronouns by both words and suffixes, while others must stand on their own.[13]

Basic Information

  • ISO 639-3: tig [13]
  • 250,000 – 1.05 million L1 speakers.[13]
  • Speakers live in Eritrea and Sudan.[13]
  • Tigre has used both the Ge'ez and Arabic script as an alphabet. [13] Ge'ez seems to have a fixed amount of letters.
  • Out of all the languages on this page, Tigre is the one with the orthography furthest from English.

Materials

I'm not very convinced that I will find pages of text in this language. [13]

  • Supposedly has the Bible but I haven't found any copies online.
  • Found a language course. [14]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Pontic Greek Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontic_Greek
  2. Blog https://helleniclanguageboy.tumblr.com/post/618528370100191232/pontic-greek-was-historically-spoken-throughout
  3. https://pnt.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%91%CF%81%CF%87%CE%B9%CE%BA%CF%8C%CE%BD_%CF%83%CE%B5%CE%BB%CE%AF%CE%B4%CE%B1
  4. https://archive.mpi.nl/tla/islandora/object/tla:1839_00_0000_0000_0021_5149_9?asOfDateTime=2018-03-02T11:00:00.000Z
  5. http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/olac/record.html?id=www_mpi_nl_lat_1839_00_0000_0000_0021_5149_9
  6. https://wortschatz.uni-leipzig.de/en/download/pontic
  7. 7.0 7.1 http://www.kawnation.com/WebKanza/LangResources/nglshknzdctnry2012.pdf
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansa_language
  9. https://www.ethnologue.com/18/language/ksk/
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaw_people
  11. http://www.kawnation.com/WebKanza/LangResources/nglshknzdctnry.pdf
  12. http://www.kawnation.com/WebKanza/LangResources/kanzareader.pdf
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tigre_language
  14. http://www.people.vcu.edu/~gasmerom/Eritrean_languages/tigre/