Archive for the ‘Errata’ Category

Value assignment error in chapter 138 for Saami (Northern)

Monday, July 6th, 2009

The value for feature 138 (Tea) for Saami (Northern) will be corrected in the next edition of WALS Online. The correct value is “Derived from Min Nan Chinese te”, not “Others”.
(See also the related blog comment.)

Value assignment error in chapter 27 for Basque

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

The value for feature 27 (Reduplication) for Basque will be corrected in the next edition of WALS Online. The correct value is “Productive full and partial reduplication”, not “No productive reduplication”.
(See also the related blog comment.)

Value assignment error in chapter 9 for Temiar

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

The value for feature 9 (The Velar Nasal) for Temiar will be corrected in the next edition of WALS Online. The correct value is “Initial velar nasal”, not “No initial velar nasal”.
(See also the related blog comment.)

Value assignment error in chapter 105 for Panyjima

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

The value for feature 105 (Ditransitive Constructions: The Verb ‘Give’) for Panyjima will be corrected in the next edition of WALS Online. The correct value is “Double-object construction”, not “Secondary-object construction”.

Value assignment error in chapter 81 for warao

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

The value for feature 81 (Order of Subject, Object and Verb) for warao will be corrected in the next edition of WALS Online. The correct value is “No dominant order”, not “OSV”.

Value assignment error in chapter 51 for japanese

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

The value for feature 51 (Position of Case Affixes) for japanese will be corrected in the next edition of WALS Online. The correct value is “Postpositional clitics”, not “No case affixes or adpositional clitics”.

Value assignment errors in chapter 33

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

The values for feature 33 (Coding of Nominal Plurality) of the following languages will be corrected in the next edition of WALS Online:

  • Berber (Siwa): Plural suffix -> Mixed morphological plural
  • Mondunga: Plural suffix -> Mixed morphological plural
  • Päri: Plural suffix -> Mixed morphological plural
  • Pokot: Plural suffix -> Mixed morphological plural
  • Berta: Plural suffix -> Mixed morphological plural
  • Lagwan: Plural suffix -> Mixed morphological plural
  • Coos (Hanis): Plural suffix -> Mixed morphological plural

Errata in the printed edition of 2005

Friday, October 19th, 2007

The following errata in the printed edition of WALS have been corrected in WALS Online from 2008:

  1. Value assignment errors (29)
    • Ch. 18: Oneida 5 -> 2
    • Ch. 33:
      • Basque 2 -> 8 (plural clitic)
      • Yagaria 2 -> 8
    • Ch. 33: Tshangla 2 -> 8 (Plural clitic) (Andvik 1999: 123)
    • Ch. 36: Mauritian Creole 3 -> 1 (check!)
    • Ch. 37:
      • Alamblak 2 -> 1
      • Tajik 1 -> 4 (No definite, but indefinite article)
    • Ch. 38: Swedish 1 -> 2 (Indefinite word same as ‘one’)
    • Ch. 51: Tshangla 1 -> 6 (Postpositional clitic) (Andvik 1999: 123)
    • Ch. 57: Yagaria 2 -> 3
    • Ch. 71: Kawaiisu 2 -> 4
    • Ch. 81: Sobei 7 -> 2 (SVO)
    • Ch. 83: Sobei 3 -> 2 (VO)
    • Ch. 86: Fongbe 1 -> 2 (Noun-genitive)
    • Ch. 86: Arop-Lokep 1 -> 3 (No dominant order)
    • Ch. 87: Mussau 3 -> 1 (Adjective-noun)
    • Ch. 88:
      • Breton 4 -> 2 (Noun-demonstrative)
      • Erromangan 1 -> 2 (Noun-demonstrative)
      • Qiang 1 -> 2
      • Yagaria 1 -> 6
    • Ch. 89: Hanga Hundi 1 -> 3 (No dominant order)
    • Ch. 90:
      • Garo 1 -> 2 (Relative clause-noun)
      • Lisu 7 -> 2 (Relative clause-noun)
    • Ch. 92: Kele 6 -> 2 (Final)
    • Ch. 96: Garo 2 -> 1
    • Ch. 96: Lisu 5 -> 1
    • Ch. 97: Mussau 5 -> 3
    • Ch. 116:
      • Kele 6 -> 1 (Question particle)
      • Yagaria 2 -> 1

    Andvik, Erik E. 1999. Tshangla grammar. Ph.D. thesis, University of Oregon.

  2. Language identification errors (2)

    Ch. 74: Gadaba should be “Gadaba (Kondekor)” (this is a
    language which so far has not been on the list of WALS
    languages) (WALS code: gdk)

    WALS language “Mekens” (WALS code: mek)
    Ethnologue (14th ed.): SKF Sakirabiá
    Ethnologue (15th ed.): skf Sakirabiá
    WALS language “Malagasy” (WALS code: mal)
    Ethnologue (15th ed.): plt Malagasy, Plateau
    WALS language “Chaga” (WALS code: cga)
    Ethnologue (15th ed.): old Mochi
    WALS language “Kana” (WALS code: kan)
    Ethnologue (15th ed.): ogo Khana
    WALS language “Kinga” (WALS code: kga)
    Ethnologue (15th ed.): zga Kinga
    WALS language “Yi” (WALS code: yi)
    Ethnologue (15th ed.): iii Yi, Sichuan
    WALS language “Anguthimri” (WALS code: agt)
    Ethnologue (15th ed.): lnj Leningitij
    WALS language “Marchha” (WALS code: mrc)
    Ethnologue (15th ed.): rnp Rongpo
    WALS language “Warrwa” (WALS code: wrw)
    Ethnologue (15th ed.): wwr Warrwa
    WALS language “Eudeve” (WALS code: eud)
    Ethnologue (15th ed.): opt Opata
    WALS language “Lalo” (WALS code: lal)
    Ethnologue (15th ed.): ywt Yi, Xishan Lalu
    WALS language “Yuchi” (WALS code: yuc)
    other names: Euchee

    ISO 639-3 codes to be added (these are languages that are not
    in Ethnologue):

    • Karankawa = zkk
    • WALS language “Coahuilteco” (WALS code: coa) -> ISO 639-3 code: xcw
    • WALS language “Timucua” (WALS code: tmc) -> ISO 639-3 code: tjm
    • WALS language “Chemakum” (WALS code: cmk) -> ISO 639-3 code: xch
    • WALS language “Comecrudo” (WALS code: cmc) -> ISO 639-3 code: xcm
  3. Language classification/name errors (3)
    • Johari: should be Tibeto-Burman (Bodic genus) (not Indo-European, Indic genus) without Ethnologue link.
    • Gadaba: should be called “Gutob” (this is not a real error, but the name “Gadaba” for this Munda language is confusing because there is also a Dravidian language by the name “Gadaba”)
    • Mikarew: should be in genus 53.5 (Mikarew), not in 53.3 (Lower Ramu)

    Genealogical classification changes

    3.1 Adamawa-Ubangi [now a subfamily, and renamed (without the -an of Ubangian)]
        3.1.2 Adamawa
            Day
            Doyayo
            Gula Iro
            Koh (Lakka)
            Kosop
            Lua
            Mbum
            Mumuye
            Mundang
            Samba Leko
            Tupuri
            Yag Dii
        3.1.2 Ubangi
            Baka (in Cameroon)
            Barambu
            Dongo
            Gbaya Kara
            Gbeya Bossangoa
            Linda
            Ma
            Mba
            Mdobomo
            Mondunga
            Mündü
            Ndogo
            Ngbaka
            Ngbandi
            Nzakara
            Sango
            Yakoma
            Zande
    
    3.7 Kordofanian [now a subfamily, split into 5 genera]
        3.7.1 Heiban
            Moro
            Otoro
        3.7.2 Katla-Tima
            Katla
        3.7.3 Rashad
            Orig
            Rashad
        3.7.4 Talodi Proper
            Jomang
            Masakin
        3.7.5 Tegem
            Lafofa
    
    6.9 Saharan -> Western Saharan [rename genus]
    
    7.5 Omotic [now a subfamily, split into two genera]
        7.5.1  North Omotic
            Dizi
            Gamo
            Gimira
            Koyra
            Kullo
            Maale
            Ometo
            Shinassha
            Wolaytta
            Yemsa
            Zayse
        7.5.2  South Omotic
            Aari
            Dime
            Hamer
            Kefa
            Moca
    
    30. Andamanese [split into two separate families, corresponding to the two genera in the book]
    
    new 30. Great Andamanese
    
    new 30a. South Andamanese
    
    40. Tor -> Tor-Orya [rename family and split into two genera]
        40.1 Orya
            Orya
        40.2 Tor
            Berik
    
    45.3 Western Sko -> Serra Hills [rename genus]
    
    57.7 Duna-Bogaya -> Duna [rename genus]
    
    57.13 Kutubuan: Fasu should be taken out of Kutubuan and placed in a separate genus called 'Fasu'
    
    57.16 Mairasi-Tanah Merah -> Mairasi [rename genus]
    
    57.19 Timor-Alor-Pantar [split into two genera]
        57.19 Kolana-Tanglapui
            Kolana
            Tanglapui
        57.19a West Timor-Alor-Pantar
            Kui (in Indonesia)
            Woisika
    
    67. Gogodala-Suki [split into two genera]
        67.1 Gogodala
            Gogodala
        67.2 Suki
            Suki
    
    72. Elemen [split into two genera]
        72.1 Eleman Proper
            Orokolo
            Toaripi
        72.2 Tate
            Kaki Ae
    
    78. Baining-Taulil [split into two genera]
        78.1 Baining
            Baining
            Mali
        78.2    Taulil
            Taulil
    
    82. Solomons East Papuan Family [split into three separate families, each language a separate family with one genus with one language]:
    
    new 82. Bilua
        Bilua
    
    new 82a. Lavukaleve
        Lavukaleve
    
    new 82b. Savosavo
        Savosavo
    
    84.7.8 Yangmanic: Wagiman should be split off from Yangmanic as a separate genus called Wagiman
    
    86. Eskimo-Aleut [split into two genera]
        86.1 Aleut
            Aleut
            Aleut (Eastern)
        86.2 Eskimo
        all the other lgs listed in WALS under Eskimo-Aleut
    
    128. Subtiaba-Tlapanec: This should have been listed as a genus within Oto-Manguean (124).
    
    143. Sáliban [split into two genera]
        143.1 Piaroa
            Piaroa
        143.2 Saliba
            Sáliba (in Columbia)
    
    200. Lule-Vilela -> Lule [rename family]

    by Matthew S. Dryer
    ["I am indebted to Harald Hammarström for helpful advice leading
    to many of the revisions here from the Genealogical Language
    List ..."]

  4. Feature description error/omission (1)

    The text for feature 40 (”Exclusive/Inclusive Distinction in Verbal Inflection”) does not mention that only person affixes in “subject” function have been taken into account.

  5. Typos (3)
    • p. 286: runáját > runájiet
    • jacket back: demonstrativennoun and nounndemonstrative
    • p. 367; examples 7a and 7b; ergative suffix: – e > -ɹe
  6. References in electronic version

    All errors concern Sharma 1989a/b/c and Sharma 1992

    Tod:
    Lists the data source (for velar nasals) as Sharma 1989a, and lists the reference as Sharma 1989c, whereas in fact these should both be Sharma 1989b.
    Tinani and Gahri:
    The references listed are b and c, when it should only be b. And while the data source is correctly b for Matthew Dryer’s maps, for both it is incorrectly listed as a for the velar nasal map.
    Pattani:
    As with the last two, the references listed are b and c, when it should only be b. But this time it is right for velar nasal, but wrong for my maps, where (at least for some of them) it is listed as a.
    Spitian and Nyamkad:
    Two references are listed, a 1989d and a 1992. But these are the same source, and the correct year is 1992. There should be no 1989d. Furthermore the data source for chapter 9 (The Velar Nasal) is listed as 1989b. Matthew Dryer’s maps are correct as 1992.
    Jad:
    Here the data source (only on Matthew Dryer’s maps) and the reference are both listed as a, which are both wrong, since the source is c.