User:Jlopezn1/Language selection

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For the language project, I would like to work with Sherry Huang

In no particular order, I found these languages interesting:

  • Lenakel
  • Purepecha
  • Jeju



ISO 639-3: tsz Purépecha is spoken in the highlands of Michoacán, Mexico[1]. There are approximately 55,000 speakers of the language in all countries [2]. It's considered a language isolate since it doesn't seem to be related to any other known languages [3]. Purépecha is considered both an agglutinative language and polysynthetic as well [4]. Speakers of the language may also know Spanish as Mexican government has encouraged Speakers of indigenous languages to abandon their languages in favor of Spanish; this is causing the status of the language to become more endangered [5]. It wasn't until 2003 the Congress of the Union of Mexico approved the General Law of Linguistic Rights of the Indigenous Peoples which protected the language as a "national language" [6]. The official alphabet is the P’URHEPECHA JIMBO KARARAKUECHA (Purépecha Alphabet) [7].


Purépecha Wiki Purépecha Ethnologue Purépecha Glottolog Purépecha OLAC Archive



ISO 639-3: tnl

Lenakel is spoken in the western coast of Tanna Island in Vanuatu[8]. There are approximately 11,500 speakers of the language in all countries [9]. Speakers of the language may also know how to speak other dialects of Tanna as there are four [4] other major dialects spoken on the island [10]. Being a language originating from an island, Lenakel is isolating but has closely related languages such as Whitesands and North Tanna; there are ongoing arguments on whether the two are separate languages or whether they are dialects of Lenakel [11]. Lenakel is written in the Latin alphabet but has a complex phonemic inventory [12].


Tanna Island Wiki Lenakel Wiki Lenakel Ethnologue Lenakel ISO Lenakel OLAC Archive



ISO 639-3: jje

Jeju is a Koreanic language traditionally spoken in Jeju Island, South Korea[13]. There are approximately 5,000-10,000 speakers of the language in all countries [14]. Speakers of the language may also speak a mixed form of Korean that mostly draws from Korean but incorporates certain aspects of Jejueo as well [15]. The spelling system used for Jeju is Hangul-based [16]. There is speculation by linguist Yang Changyong that the formation of the Jeju language was influenced by the Mongols and that the language is independent of Korean [17].


Jeju Wiki Jeju ELP Jeju OLAC,,,