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The majority of the materials available for my Languages project are listed below. The links to the “Categorised Lists” list everything that I’ve managed to catalogue, including works written in the various languages. The explicit lists show the more interesting (usually fairly recently-acquired) items, in particular the grammars and dictionaries:-

  1. All: Categorised List
    • On-Line: There are lots of on-line resources – many of them free – but the two best ones I’ve discovered are:-
      1. Duolingo: see Link (also Duolingo).
      2. Live Lingua: See Link. In addition to offering 11 language course via Skype (only the first lesson is free!) this site is a portal for three large free collections:-
        • Peace Corps Language Courses: See Link.
        • FSI Language Courses: See Link. I’ve known of this collection for some time, but in general not had time to make use of it. These free language materials are from the Foreign Services Institute – a US Government training programme hailing from the 1960s - 1980s. The material is fully functional, but rather antiquated, and so of poor technical quality – hiss on the old tapes and blobby photocopies. The training focus is on learning (“over-learning”, they say) to speak the languages, not on learning how they work (given that native speakers often have no explicit knowledge of the grammar of their own language). The tapes have no English, so are inaccessible in the absence of the scripts. Some other organisations may be attempting to improve this public-domain material – eg. Thai appears here in the old format as Link, but elsewhere as a wiki (Link).
        • DLI Language Courses: See Link.
      3. More Theoretically / Sociologically:
        • World Atlas of Language Structures: For WALS Online, see Link.
        • Ethnologue: see Link.
      One day I’ll investigate this lot, and add links for the languages that interest me in the list below.
    • Background: See1:-
      "Dalby (Andrew) - Dictionary of Languages: The Definitive Reference to More Than 400 Languages",
      "Crystal (David) - The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Language", and
      "Roeper (Tom) - The Prism of Grammar: How Child Language Illuminates Humanism".
    • Linguistics: Click Here for the books and papers referenced in "van Oostendorp (Marc) - Miracles of Human Language: An Introduction to Linguistics".
    • A lot of books on the Philosophy of Language.
  2. Amharic (Ethiopic): Categorised List.
  3. Anglo-Saxon: Categorised List.
  4. Arabic: Categorised List.
  5. Aramaic: Categorised List.
  6. Armenian: Categorised List.
  7. Chinese: Categorised List.
  8. Coptic: Categorised List.
  9. Danish: Categorised List.
  10. Dutch: Categorised List.
  11. Egyptian (Ancient): Categorised List.
  12. French: Categorised List.
    The following each come with 3 CDs:- I’ve probably a bunch of stuff hidden in the garage, but from the conversational perspective, are the most appropriate. Eventually I should look at
  13. German: Categorised List. The following each come with 3 CDs:- I also have:-
  14. Greek (Koine / New Testament): Categorised List. I also have the following,
  15. Greek (Modern): Categorised List.
  16. Hebrew (Classical): Categorised List.
  17. Hebrew (Modern): Categorised List.
  18. Hindi: Categorised List.
  19. Italian: Categorised List.
  20. Japanese: Categorised List.
  21. Latin: Categorised List.
  22. Persian: Categorised List.
  23. Portuguese: Categorised List.
  24. Russian: Categorised List.
  25. Sanscrit: Categorised List.
  26. Spanish: Categorised List. Supplemented by:- I also have three of my daughters’ books, ie:-
  27. Swedish: Categorised List.
  28. Syriac: Categorised List.
  29. Thai: Categorised List.
  30. Turkish: Categorised List.
  31. Yiddish: Categorised List.



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Footnote 1: I’ve probably got a lot more, but these were particularly interesting.


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Table of the Previous 8 Versions of this Note:

Date Length Title
18/10/2011 19:10:34 8581 Languages - Materials for Use
06/07/2011 23:13:55 5000 Languages - Materials for Use
18/12/2010 19:58:05 4462 Languages - Materials for Use
15/02/2010 21:46:05 4468 Languages - Materials for Use
03/01/2010 21:24:29 4385 Languages - Materials for Use
16/11/2009 10:22:05 4119 Languages - Materials for Use
08/07/2009 22:29:17 6505 Languages - Materials for Use
03/05/2009 13:26:24 6371 Languages - Materials for Use



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