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9. Places to Go, on the Web ...

Orbis Latinus, Internet site on Romance languages

Recently updated (31 March 2001).
Venetan language (materials for compiling a descriptive grammar were provided by Michele Brunelli), together with a map of The region of Veneto.
New articles:
Comparison of Venetan with the other Romance languages (by Michele Brunelli).
Gaulish Language (by A.L. Curchin)
Old Church Slavonic (by Cyril Babaev)
The Balkan Linguistic Union (by Zdravko Batzarov)

Venetan texts:
Cronaca de la guerra tra Veniciani e Zenovesi (1386) by Daniele Da Chinazzo;
Zibaldone da Canal (Manuscript from 14th century); Par mi gh'era El, poem by Silvio Lancerini; Venesia, poem by Silvana Dal Cero.
Zdravko Batzarov

Portuguese/Spanish/English site for Amerindian languages

Gostaria de apresentar meu site

voltado para a divulgação das lnguas indígenas das três Américas. Todas as páginas estão em português, espanhol e inglês. A proposta apresentar o maior número possível de listas de palavras de centenas de línguas indígenas, todas traduzidas para o português, espanhol e inglês. A grande maioria desses vocabulários é inédito em português ou em espanhol ou mesmo em inglês. No momento são 530 línguas com cerca de 28 mil palavras. O site, em expanso, será ampliado com novas línguas, uma seção de bibliografia e links com outros sites.

Eu apreciaria muito poder contar com suas críticas, contribuições e divulgação e quem sabe algum possível link.

Atenciosamente Victor A. Petrucci, São Paulo - Brasil vicpetru(at)

Origin Myths

Nicholas Thieberger writes: n.thieberger(at)

A collection of about a 100 origin stories (in a variety of languages) recorded on video, in the possession of a museum in New Caledonia, the Tjibau centre:

Some of these may be accessed at

More specifically, the LACITO archive contains:
· 15 stories in Nemi (Austronesian, New Caledonia).
· A myth, a conversation and 8 narrative texts illustrating customs and daily life, in Limbu (Tibeto-Burman, Nepal).
· An ethnic manifesto and two stories in Hayu (Tibeto-Burman, Nepal).
· Two stories and a questionnaire in Langi (Bantu, Tanzania).
· A story in Ngazidja (Bantu, Comoros Islands).
· 3 war songs in Wayana (Carib, French Guyana).

Glossary of Jamaican Terms

Do all your Jamaican friends laugh at you every time you open your mouth and try to speak Jamaican? Jamaicanize your vocabulary here. Higglers and Guppies beware! This no pappy-show.

Thanks for this to Rose Lockwood rose.lockwood(at)

Online Learning Centre for Maori

The weaving together of a New Zealand online community of educators and learners.

David Nash David.Nash(at) even points out that they have translated the Dublin Core, for the delight of Maori archivists!

Resources for Endangered Languages

On 15 Jun 2001 19:44 (EDT), Erik Rauch rauch(at) wrote:

I would like to announce a web site, at

It has pointers to organizations that offer grants for Native American language revitalization projects originated from within the communities themselves, as well as links to the full text of books giving the best methods for revitalizing languages and reversing language shift. It presents an account of successful Native American and other language revitalization projects, including the Maori language nests.

If you find it worthy, I would appreciate it if you could let webmasters of endangered language or indigenous people sites know about it.

Erik Rauch

Endangered Language Resources at

Ben Barrett gogaku(at) writes: Here's a URL for endangered language resources

The Editor comments:
It is interesting in that it is organized by language size, having sections
· Living Languages
· Extinct Languages
· Nearly ExtinctLanguages
· Foundations
· Donations (to ELF, the Endangered Language Fund, our American cousin. )
· YDC's Kenzi Nubian Dictionary

This last promises soon to upload: Arcangelo Carradori's Dictionary of 17th Century Kenzi Nubian, “The Oldest Dictionary of an African Language”.

It also contains a recent (2000) article by Robert Lee Hotz of the LA times on Endangered Languages generally, and the struggle for their retention; and a link to resources on Aramaic, trying what is, for all I know, a new line, and possibly an effective one: “Is the Language of Christ Dying?” — For shame!



Bibliography of Russia’s Minority Languages

I have uploaded a Web version of a bibliography on Russia's 53 minority languages at URL:

The bibliography, which contains hundreds of titles of schoolbooks, dictionaries, grammars, descriptive studies, etc. on Caucasian, Uralic, Paleoasiatic and Altaic languages, is a bunch of UTF-8-encoded HTML documents.

Index pages are provided in English as well as in Japanese. Comments, suggestions, and/or criticisms from specialists in these languages are highly appreciated.

Kazuto Matsumura (kmatsum(at)

South Asian languages biblio

TO: South Asian Linguists VYAKARAN(at)LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 12:37:43 +0200

I would like to direct your attention to the following website, which is a running bibliography I have been putting together for the last several months on the endangered and seldom studied languages of South Asia:

I hasten to add that it is NOT anywhere near completion (and I doubt it ever will be). It is just a list that I have been putting together of literature on the lesser known languages of South Asia.

I assume that most people will be interested in the sections on Indo-Aryan and Dravidian. Unfortunately, these are the sections which I have only just begun to deal with so there's not much to see there yet. Until now I have been busy almost exclusively with the data on Tibeto-Burman and Munda languages, these sections are relatively up-to-date.

I would be grateful for any comments, suggestions, and above all NEW DATA for the bibliography! I am especially interested in newer titles, but older titles, especially standard works, will be gratefully accepted.

If you have any suggestions, please send them to me at this address. As I am working on this alone, it could take some time for me to get back to you, but I will get back to you. Many thanks in advance!

John Peterson
FB 7, Sprachwissenschaft
D-49069 Osnabrueck Germany
Tel: (+49) 541-969-4252
Fax: (+49) 541-969-4256

Some on-line language maps
Matthew Dryer, University at Buffalo, SUNY
13 Aug 2001:

My website contains a number of language family maps that I constructed several years ago, including five for North America:

· United States (small map, easy to see all at once, but details hard to see)
· United States (large map, cannot be seen on screen all at once, but one can scroll around and details are easier to see)
· California
· Pacific Northwest
· Canada

The page with links to these maps is at:

It should be noted that these are all based on the Voegelins' map.

Nahuatl pages at SIL-Mexico site
Albert Bickford 17 Aug 2001:

It is with pleasure that I announce the long-awaited posting of more of David Tuggy's web pages on Nahuatl. They are accessible through the Nahuatl family page on the SIL-Mexico website:

This posting includes four pages on Nahuatl phonology and orthography, a reading list, and suggestions about other interesting Nahuatl websites. (If anyone knows of other sites that we should add to this list, we're open to suggestions.) All pages are available in English and Spanish and are intended for a non-specialist audience (technical linguistic terminology is explained through pop-up glossary entries).

Previously posted items of David's work are: Frequently asked questions about Nahuatl, Classical Nahuatl, and a glossary of linguistic terminology in English and Spanish. Still to come are two sets of pages on specific varieties of Nahuatl, Tetelcingo and Orizaba.

A Language Dies? - EGA: a Documentation Model for an Endangered Ivorian Language

The language is Ega, the most westerly of the Kwa languages, spoken in Ivory Coast, in West Africa. It is isolated in the Nyo cluster of that family, and is spoken west of the Bandama river.

Although assigned to the Kwa family, Ega is surrounded by speakers of the Dida language of the Kru family. They, and also some Ega speakers, call it Dies. It is also studied at the Université de Cocody, Abidjan (Département de Linguistique et Institut de Linguistique Appliquée).

This is a website relating work by Firmin Aboua, Bruce Connell and Dafydd Gibbon. It reflects one of the projects funded in the 1st round of the DOBES programme by the Volkwagen-Stiftung. (See page 12 above, for announcement of the 2nd round).

The site mostly contains relevant software, but there are also pictures of Ega-speaking people, and some samples of the language.