[Latingp] Preparation for telephone conference on 26th of January

Meikal Mumin meikal.mumin at uni-koeln.de
Tue Jan 24 15:50:29 UTC 2017

Dear colleagues,

as I tried to express earlier, the statistics we have on language and
writing are very imprecise. Estimations speak of ca. 6000-7000 languages
globally. I couldn't find any scholarly estimates on how many languages
globally have some written form using Roman/Latin script, however I could
find a figure of 500 African languages (out of ca. 2000) having some
written from, most of them using Roman/Latin script, and personally I don't
find this figure to be unrealistic. No matter how we would try to estimate
global figures on the basis of such areal ones, the number will be way too
high for us to walk from language to language, which is why I would opt for
going from codepoint to codepoint.

Regarding the schedules, I think one way to get some idea about the time
required would be if we were to consider the size of our codepoint
repertoire and then compare it e.g. to the size of the repertoire Arabic GP
had to work with. However that would still not be overly realistic, since
the accessibility of expertise and knowledge on these orthographies will
have a much larger impact on the speed and quality of our analysis.

Anyhow I don't think it would be a problem to simply explain the facts and
the difficulties within the proposal and then indicate that any current
estimate is speculative for now. I hope this is helpful.

Best wishes,


On 24 January 2017 at 13:43, Michael Bauland <Michael.Bauland at knipp.de>

> Dear Mirjana,
> On 24.01.2017 11:53, Mirjana Tasić wrote:
> > *3.2 Proposed schedules of meetings and teleconferences*
> I think this schedule will be the biggest issue. Already in the last
> conference we talked about it and couldn't find any sensible value for
> the time we will need to fulfil the tasks.
> According to Sarmad's information (thank you for providing this, by the
> way), we will most likely need to go through each language one by one.
> So in my opinion we have two choices:
> 1. Everybody takes one language and starts working on it (of course this
> mustn't be a straightforward languages). Then we can make a projection
> on how long it would take to do all languages.
> 2. We do a very rough calculation based on the number of languages we
> need to look at and the time it took other groups to finish their work.
> For me, either solution would be ok.
> Best regards,
> Michael
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