Good grammars for minority languages?

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at
Thu Feb 27 14:40:37 UTC 2003

Dear Colleagues,

with usual apologies to those who subscribe to the LINGTYP list, I forward
Tom Payne's query (below) concerning GOOD grammars for minority language
schools. If you have anything concrete and helpful in mind, please feel free
to answer him -- or start a discussion on URA-LIST on what constitutes a
good grammar for a Uralic minority language.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso
Institut für Finno-Ugristik der Universität Wien
Universitätscampus, Spitalg. 2-4 Hof 7, A-1090 Wien
Tel. +43 1 4277 43009 | Fax +43 1 4277 9430
johanna.laakso at |

Von: Tom Payne <tpayne at OREGON.UOREGON.EDU>
Organisation: Oregon Summer Institute of Linguistics
Antworten an: tpayne at OREGON.UOREGON.EDU
Datum: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 06:35:29 -0800
Betreff: Pedagogical/School Grammars

A colleague here in Cameroon would like to know of any GOOD
grammars that have been written of minority languages,
designed for use in the minority language community schools.
He is writing such a grammar for his language, Mada
(Chadic), and would like some models to follow. The target
audience is adults and children, mother tongue speakers of
the language described in the grammar, who are learning
about the grammatical structures of their own language.
References, and perhaps pointers on how to obtain copies
would be very appreciated.

Tom Payne

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