Consider languages that you already find interesting. • Explore the entry on Ethnologue.
Consider languages that you already find interesting. Explore the entry on Ethnologue.
Spend some time deciding on a language to write your proposal and final paper about.
Suggestions for exploring possibilities (and sources):
- Consider languages that you already find interesting.
• Explore the entry on Ethnologue.
- Search for the language in the U of T Library catalogue. Any book called e.g. ‘A Grammar of [language name]’ is likely a good bet.
- Try searching for the name of the language and “morphology” or “lexicon” (i.e. the contents
of the vocabulary) on Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com).
- Look the language up on Wikipedia to find a basic look at the morphology and to identify possible references (especially books).
- Preview the World Atlas of Language Structures (https://wals.info) which will be introduced in your tutorial at the end of October.
Once you decide on a language keep careful track of the sources that you have looked at. You will need to cite those sources briefly here when answering the questions.
- What is the language called? Which name(s) is it conventionally referred to by?
- Which language family does this language belong to? If applicable what are one or more other languages it is related to?
- How many people currently use this language? Is the language endangered or extinct?
- In which part(s) of the world is this language used?
- Are any writing systems used to read/write this language? If so which one(s)?
- Now list five or more reliable sources for the morphology and loanwords of your language using full bibliographic references.
APA MLA Chicago etc.
see the ‘Bibliography’ list at this webpage: