Ethnologue exercise (was: Conlang Standard Languages v.Dialects)
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, August 26, 2000, 17:14|
Irina Rempt wrote:
> On Wed, 23 Aug 2000, Daniel Seriff wrote:
> > > PHALERAN (Phaler-Aidu, KweiNoitli, Phalitlai, K'oi-Phala, Önopales,
> > <remainder of lovely Ethnologue entry snipped>
> > This brings up an interesting exercise for everyone. Has anyone else
> > written this type of entry for their conlangs?
> I think I'd like to, but I missed the thing you're quoting - can you
> or Tom repost it or send it privately? Thanks!
Yeah, here's mine on Phaleran:
PHALERAN (Phaler-Aidu, KweiNoitli, Phalitlai, K'oi-Phala, Önopales,
Sikastra, Nessubim, Græksi). ca. 45,570,000 speakers according to the
latest procuratorial census (1203 P.C.)*; 82% live in the domains of Greater
K'eþnaia. Also: Loriom, Effeisa, Trans-Alideru, Tharri. Language of official
imperial administration, public education, and international political, intellectual
and religious discourse. Not inherently intelligible with Acropedial Phaleran,
Tic|'oNga, Walsi, or P'orræs. Relations with other colonists in system minimal;
reduced to occasional radio transmissions.
and a natlang from the Ethnologue for comparison:
ENGLISH [ENG] 55,000,000 first language speakers in United Kingdom
(1984 estimate); 322,000,000 in all countries, first language speakers (1995 WA);
470,000,000 including second language speakers (1995 WA). Also in USA, Canada,
other former colonies, many countries. Indo-European, Germanic, West, North Sea,
English. Dialects: COCKNEY, SCOUSE, GEORDIE, WEST COUNTRY, EAST
ANGLIA, BIRMINGHAM, SOUTH WALES, EDINBURGH, BELFAST, CORNWALL,
[skip a LOT of dialects] 60% lexical similarity with German, 27% with French, 24% with
Russian. National language. Typology: SVO. Christian. Braille Bible. Bible 1382-1989.
NT 1380-1995. Bible portions 1530-1995.
I probably should adjust mine to show Phaleran's descent, but haven't gotten
around to that yet.
Tom Wier | "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero."