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SIL Forum for Language Fieldwork 2008-008

Word games as experimental linguistics

Author  Cahill, Michael
Abstract 

“Word games” in languages can tell us something about syllable structure and underlying forms. Sometimes they are helpful in determining orthographic issues, such as whether to include a letter in the spelling or not. Here the author introduces word games by discussing Pig Latin in English, and then reports on two SIL projects which used language games to gain more insight into the language.

  Word games as experimental linguistics
Published  2008
Languages  Awara [awx]
Komo [kmw]
Countries  Congo
Papua New Guinea
Subjects  Linguistics
Literacy
Orthography
Syllables
Keywords  psychological syllable pattern; reversed order of syllables; Syllables; Orthography