hmwrk _3 LIN200 Sp 09-Mohawk answers

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Homework #3, Native American Languages Due: Thurs. April 30, 2009 ANSWERS 1. Describe two (2) ways in which Tlingit (spoken in S. Alaska and British Columbia)  and Kikapoo (central Oklahoma) are different from English?  Do you think  English, Tlingit, or Kikapoo is more difficult to learn as a foreign language? Why?  *(refer to  the presentations on Native American languages to respond to these questions) You could go a number of routes with this response. First, Tlingit has far fewer  speakers than English, 140 compared to millions. It has 47 consonants, and to make it  even more distinct, 28 of those consonants are not even found in English, or some other  well-known languages such as Arabic or Mandarin Chinese. As we heard in the audio  recording Poppy played for us, many of those unusual sounds might prove difficult to  produce for an English speaker trying to learn Tlingit. However, if someone had a native  language that shared some of the same consonants, it’s possible the similarities would  allow that person to easily understand how to produce the Tlingit consonants. But again,  for the average English speaker, it would be difficult. Also, Kikapoo shares a similar fate with Tlingit, in that it has about 500 speakers, most  of which are older folks, unlike English which is very strong with speakers of all  generations. Another difference between Kikapoo and English is that Kikapoo 
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2009 for the course LIM 200 taught by Professor Weisenberg during the Spring '09 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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