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Some principles for language names

Haspelmath, Martin


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      <creatorName>Haspelmath, Martin</creatorName>
      <givenName>Martin</givenName>
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      <affiliation>Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History</affiliation>
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    <title>Some principles for language names</title>
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  <publicationYear>2017</publicationYear>
  <subjects>
    <subject>language names, onomastics, language catalogue</subject>
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    <date dateType="Issued">2017-01-01</date>
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    <description descriptionType="Abstract">&lt;p&gt;This paper discusses eleven principles of language naming, which may be relevant to language documenters in case a language does not have a stable name yet: (i) Language names (like city names) are loanwords, not code-switches; (ii) Names of non-major languages are not treated differently from names of major languages; (iii) Each language has a unique name; (iv) New language names are not introduced unless none of the existing names is acceptable for some reason; (v) Language names that many speakers object to should not be used; (vi) Language names in English are written with ordinary English letters, plus some other well-known letters; (vii) Highly unusual pronunciation values of English letters are not acceptable; (viii) Language names must be pronounceable for English speakers; (ix) Language names begin with a capital letter; (x) Language names may have a modifier-head structure; (xi) The usage of prominent authors is given substantial weight. Finally I note that it is not a principle that the English name needs to be close to the autoglottonym.&lt;/p&gt;</description>
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