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Swadesh List (wikipedia.org)
42 points by benbreen 69 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 4 comments

A nice generalization and extension, which is super useful for modern linguistics and cognitive science, is the Intercontinental Dictionary Series (https://ids.clld.org)

Many Swadesh lists are micro-etched on the Rosetta Disk made by the Long Now's "Rosetta Project" - an effort to preserve and document as many languages as possible.


A few weeks ago I got curious about the phonological development of Rotokas and figured I'd see if any reconstruction could be done on the North Bougainville languages. The only documentation I could find for Ramopa and Askopan at all were Rosetta Project Swadesh lists on archive.org - talk about coverage!

Glad to see this on HN. My now 85 year old linguistics professor once actually used this to document a language in India. Bone char was always a crazy one!

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