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Re: Obscure languages

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Friday, September 28, 2001, 23:44
Quoting joe <josephhill@...>:

> This is off topic, but is there any way I could get taught an obscure > language tike Ket(siberia) or Aije(new caledonia)?
Do you want those particular languages, or just an obscure language? It's not that hard to find grammars of "obscure" languages, if you have ready access to the library of a local university. Most large universities have *some* grammars available, but it's also possible to find them in some (better than average) used bookstores. Like, just the other day I picked up a grammar of Central Siberian Yupik at the bookstore, and neglected to buy grammars on at least two other native languages that I saw there. Another option is to do some research about where the language you want is taught, specifically by whom. The University of Chicago's Amy Dahlstrom teaches Fox every once in a while, Howard Aronson teaches Georgian (which I'm taking now). At UT, Anthony Woodbury could probably teach you Central Alaskan Yup'ik, which IIRC was the language on which he did his dissertation work. The number of people that can teach you such languages is not huge, but they're there in sufficient numbers to allow you to find something you're interested in. ============================== Thomas Wier <trwier@...> "If a man demands justice, not merely as an abstract concept, but in setting up the life of a society, and if he holds, further, that within that society (however defined) all men have equal rights, then the odds are that his views, sooner rather than later, are going to set something or someone on fire." Peter Green, in _From Alexander to Actium_, on Spartan king Cleomenes III