I’ve hit a major milestone with 20000 entries. Entry 20000 is the Yurt Tatar word for eye: күз (küz).
I’ve mostly been working on Khorasani Turkic. This is a very tedious task, as it involves concatenating data from various locations into a single list for each of the five varieties. Doerfer and Hesche use a very narrow transcriptions, so all of the differences between towns have been transcribed. I just completed the Northwest dialect, which only has 2 data points and was therefore the easiest.
I added Yurt Tatar data to the latest Khorasani dump to reach a nice even number. I was able to get my hands on a grammatical sketch by Arslanov (1976), which has some great data on this very poorly attested variety.
I’m at 19750 entries, so I’ll hit the big 20000 milestone soon. I’ve been working on Khorasani Turkic as of late. Because Doerfer likes to provide very narrow transcriptions, it will be challenging to synthesize all of his data into something that is true to what he presents, but is also usable in this format. I have ideas and will see how they pan out soon.
I have ideas for even more terms to add. Some ideas are fast, slow, pigeon, bird cherry, sword… We’ll see. Returning to languages that I’ve “completed” can be very tedious.
I would also like to include more kinship terms. However, there are a variety of kinship systems that are employed, so it could get complicated. Sister-in-law, for example, could mean elder brother’s wife, younger brother’s wife, husband’s sister, wife’s sister (elder and younger)… I don’t know that my current format would be ideal for this kind of data. I’ll have to think of a new way to display all of these possibilities.
I’ve added a bunch of new glosses to the database (e.g. spider, jump, learn, valley, beard). As a result, there are a lot of new entries. Entry number 18000 is һирәә, which is the Soyot word for saw (tool). More to come!
I decided to make a background for the site, rather than just having it be white. I’m happy with the result. I took a bunch of tamgas, slightly stylized them, and had them tiled across the background.
I haven’t done much work on the site beyond that. I’ve considered adding a few new glosses: maybe strawberry, cherry? Walnut? We’ll see…
At any rate, I’m still here, still doing the occasional update…
I’ve hit entry 17000 today. The most recent is Teleut for “how”: қайында, кааньда . I’m at a point where I have so many data sources that I can’t forsee an end point. I still haven’t done anything much with Khorasani Turkic, which will result in another 1000 or so entries, have tons more Dolgan and Teleut to input, haven’t done as much as I would like with Orkhon Turkic, etc. etc.
I’ve added yet another language to the list: Mishär Tatar. I’ve found a good German language source and have been adding a few forms. I’m up to 16,800 entries, so 17,000 isn’t too far off.
I have had a bit more time to work on this project, so updates will be fairly continuous.
I’ve been tipped off to some data on a new variety: Xyzyl. Xyzyl is often considered a dialect of Khakas, but because it is so divergent from the standard, some authorities consider it a distinct language. I’ve created a page for it and added it to the map. I should have some lexical data added to the database in the next few days.
I was rather upset when Tehlikedeki Diller Dergisi disappeared from its original home on the web. I’m pleased to report that it has returned!
I’ll update the links to articles that I have in my references.
I’ll be starting up at a new institution soon, so I will likely have significantly fewer resources available. I’m pleased with amount of data I have made available, and will likely be adding more as I have the time, but at a much slower pace.
News item no.1: Tehlikedeki Dil Dergisi, a journal that was an excellent source for several varieties, seems to have disappeared. It’s now become the website Son Sesler. With any luck the journal will be re-uploaded and added to.
New item no.2: I am working on adding search suggestions to the search box. Sometimes it works, sometimes it crashes the entire site. Once I’ve made this work, it will likely be the last update for some time.
Edit: It works! I’m still shaky on PHP, and I think I was trying to re-use an array without resetting it or something…
I’ve been a bit burned out as of late. In addition to the many projects I have my hands in, I’ve been working on job applications and home improvement. I hope to have some new content sometime in the near future, maybe mid-April.