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Some principles for language names

Haspelmath, Martin


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  "description": "<p>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.</p>", 
  "license": "https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode", 
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      "affiliation": "Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History", 
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  "headline": "Some principles for language names", 
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  "datePublished": "2017-01-01", 
  "url": "https://zenodo.org/record/1133900", 
  "keywords": [
    "language names, onomastics, language catalogue"
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  "identifier": "https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1133900", 
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