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Consider languages that you already find interesting. • Explore the entry on Ethnologue.

Consider languages that you already find interesting. Explore the entry on Ethnologue.

 

Cross-linguistic morphology

Instructions: Proposal

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.

  1. What is the language called? Which name(s) is it conventionally referred to by?
  2. Which language family does this language belong to? If applicable what are one or more other languages it is related to?
  3. How many people currently use this language? Is the language endangered or extinct?
  4. In which part(s) of the world is this language used?
  5. Are any writing systems used to read/write this language? If so which one(s)?
  6. 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:

https://advice.writing.utoronto.ca/using-sources/documentation/.