Questions tagged [swadesh-list]

The Swadesh list contains a list of words that are supposed to be stable over language evolution.

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Database of Swadesh lists

Do anyone know where to find the most extensive collection of Swadesh lists? And with how many different languages in the collection?
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sentence version of Swadesh list

Swadesh list is a word list of basic concepts in a language. So I am wondering, is there a list of basic sentences analog to the Swadesh word list?
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Advances in Glottochronology

I have read some old works on lexicostatistics and glottochronology, like Swadesh's original articles or this work, where using Swadesh's basic assumptions, the author obtains a temporal estimation ...
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Swadesh list for proto indo-european and coefficient of relatedness

Given two Swadesh lists of two languages, we can calculate a "coefficient of relatedness" by counting the proportion of cognades. Given two languages, L1 and L2, let's call C(L1,L2) to this ...
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List of 1000 most common words across all languages [closed]

What words are the most common across languages? Is there a list of 100 or 1000?
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Maltese Swadesh list with IPA

Do anyone know where to find the full Maltese Swadesh list with the phonetic transcription (IPA) ?. I found such list in Wikipedia but without IPA transcription
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Using Swadesh lists to find languages with most frequent vowel use?

Has there been any comparative studies of Swadesh lists from different language, regarding percentage of vowels vs. consonants? Some languages can occassionally be "derogative" talked about as "only ...