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Some principles for language names

Haspelmath, Martin


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  <dc:creator>Haspelmath, Martin</dc:creator>
  <dc:date>2017-01-01</dc:date>
  <dc:description>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.</dc:description>
  <dc:description>http:.//hdl.handle.net/10125/24725</dc:description>
  <dc:identifier>https://zenodo.org/record/1133900</dc:identifier>
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  <dc:relation>doi:10.5281/zenodo.1133899</dc:relation>
  <dc:rights>info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess</dc:rights>
  <dc:rights>https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode</dc:rights>
  <dc:source>Language Documentation &amp; Conservation 11 81-93</dc:source>
  <dc:subject>language names, onomastics, language catalogue</dc:subject>
  <dc:title>Some principles for language names</dc:title>
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