Siberian area test for conlangs
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Siberian Areal Features Test QuestionsAMA (Standard) AmaianACY AchiyitqanUO1 ThuunNGU
Ngutanese
ZRH
Tz'reichs
MES
Mesak
Proto-
Suunitic
LXE
Lxelxe
NGV NgeyvKKL Kaimen KelingProto- SamaranDSE
diSéllat
DMN DomunAIX Kolyma AinuAMI New AmaianAtruozangriuskant
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1. Vowel harmony.101001001000111100
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2. Presence of a high back or central unrounded vowel.101101001010011011
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3. Four-way POA contrast between nasals, including bilabial, coronal, palatal, and velar nasal. [half marks for an old distinction no longer present, or a currently unstable distinction]0.50.5000000100.500.5100.51
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4. Word-initial velar nasal. [half-marks for velar nasal allowed in syllable onset but not at the beginning of a word, e.g. Khanty xotŋɨn '2 houses', Yakut silimŋe 'in the glue']11010.5100101101000.5
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5. Morphological means of encoding desiderative mood. (e.g. Udihe tuka-mu:i-me 'I want to run')0110110100011010
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6. Morphological means of encoding reciprocal. (e.g. Buryat bari-lda-xa 'to fight each other')00.501100000011010
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7. SOV word order.0.510.500.51011111011001
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8. Clause subordination using a nominalized verb. (e.g. Mansi juw joxt-um-um-t house arrive-PRTCPL-1-LOC 'when I arrived home')001100100000110
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9. Clause subordination using a verb form marked for case (e.g. Chukchi yəme-ɣtə nelɣə-n ɣəm-nan hang.up-ALL pelt-ABS I-ERG 'when I hang up the pelt'; see also the Mansi example in 8)001010000000100
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10. Prolative or prosecutive case. (e.g. Nenets to-wna 'along the lake', Even d'uu-li 'along the house')00100000.5100001010
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11. Opposition between dative and allative cases. (e.g. Oroch ʊgda-du 'to the boat' vs. ʊgda-ti 'towards the boat') [half marks for distinction in pronouns only]00100.5000110001000
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12. Opposition between instrumental and comitative cases. (e.g. Orok ŋɪnda-do 'together with the dog' vs. a:pʊn-dʒi 'with the hat') [half marks for distinction in pronouns only]0010100110001000
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WALS 6. Uvular stops.11001000.51011110.5000
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WALS 49. Large number (8 or more) of cases. [half marks for 5 to 7 cases]0010100110.5100.51010
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WALS 50. Symmetrical case marking (i.e. all types of NPs are marked for the same range of cases).0111101111110010
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Predominantly agglutinative (as opposed to isolating, fusional, or polysynthetic)011011111111110010
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TOTAL05711.559.5636113.56.546125.57.52.5200000000000000000000000
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COMPLETION0.00%100.00%100.00%100.00%100.00%100.00%100.00%100.00%100.00%73.33%86.67%100.00%86.67%100.00%100.00%100.00%100.00%100.00%26.67%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%
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Comparison Data
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Evenki: 14
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Udihe: 12
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Chukchi: 11.5
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Alyutor: 11
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Yukaghir: 10
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Nganasan: 10
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Nivkh: 9
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Nenets: 8.5
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Ket: 8
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Enets: 7.5
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Khanty: 7.5
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Kalaallisut: 5.5
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Turkish: 5
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Mansi: 4.5
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Northern Sami: 1.5
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Danish: 0
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apparently Basque is about a 7 < lol
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Mandarin is about a 1 btw (I'm guessing that's the initial velar nasal in Mandarin?) (no i think it was #8, no initial ŋ)
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