Max Planck Institute
for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Linguistics

Typological tools for field linguistics


Basic Sentences For Collecting Field Data In Indian Languages

These sentences are designed to elicit data to give a typological sketch of a language. One has to build on further on each of these sentences to get full paradigms of a verb or a noun. You might find some of these sentences funny or ungrammatical in English, however, when translated in the contact language and the target language they will appear all right.

The author has written a book aimed at guiding field work on Indian languages: Abbi, Anvita, 2001. A manual of linguistic field work and structures of Indian languages. Muenchen: LINCOM (Not available on-line. Appendix with useful questionnaires for South Asian languages and for other languages as well)

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Anvita Abbi