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LINGUIST List 19.573

Tue Feb 19 2008

FYI: The VLC Language Index

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Message 1: The VLC Language Index
Date: 18-Feb-2008
From: Juergen Handke <handkestaff.uni-marburg.de>
Subject: The VLC Language Index
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The Virtual Linguistics Campus' language index, which exhibits more than
130 languages (more than 75 with full audio support) has now been made
available to all VLC-community members. Currently, the VLC language index
hosts the following number of languages:

Afro-Asiatic, 7
Algonquian, 7
Altaic, 4
Austro-Asiatic, 4
Austronesian, 2
Caucasian, 1
Creole, 3
Dravidian, 2
Eskimo-Aleut, 3
independent, 4
Indo-European, 45
Na-Dene, 24
Niger-Congo, 7
Nilo-Saharan, 2
Sino-Tibetan, 7
South American, 2
Uralic, 3

After login, all VLC-community members will now find their own toolbox from
which they can access the VLC language map with the following
cross-linguistic options:

- cognate comparison (full audio support)
- menu-driven typological parameter comparison
- access to all languages via mouse click
- information about language families/phyla

Each language is presented with the following information:

- general typological information
- a spoken welcoming message
- the spoken and transliterated story ''The North wind and the Sun''
- a dozen phrases and sentences
- the numbers 1 to 10
- additional information about the language
- information about the speaker

For all speakers of languages that have no audio information yet or that
have not been represented in the VLC index at all, the VLC-team would be
very pleased to hear from you and incorporate your language into the VLC
language index.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics



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