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Title: The status of the least documented language families in the world 
Author: Hammarström, Harald
Date: 2010-12
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Hammarström, Harald. 2010. The status of the least documented language families in the world. Language Documentation & Conservation 4. 177-212.
Abstract: This paper aims to list all known language families that are not yet extinct and all of whose member languages are very poorly documented, i.e., less than a sketch grammar’s worth of data has been collected. It explains what constitutes a valid family, what amount and kinds of documentary data are sufficient, when a language is considered extinct, and more. It is hoped that the survey will be useful in setting priorities for documentation fieldwork, in particular for those documentation efforts whose underlying goal is to understand linguistic diversity.
Sponsorship: National Foreign Language Resource Center
Pages/Duration: 36 pages
ISSN: 1934-5275
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Keywords: least documented language families, language survey

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