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I suddenly felt the need of writing something into my LiveJournal again. I should take the chance, I'm not often willing to do so, these days. Well, so many things had happened, since I wrote here last time, but they're hardly of global interest. Let's see...

Oh, yes, work! Very important! So I've started working again (still at the MPI of course) and finally finished translating/glossing "ГIалихъилич" (ʔAliqilič = Aliqilich), my 14th Tsez folklore story. Number 15 is interesting, because it's "КIетIус гьунар" (Kʼetʼus hunar = The cat's feat) — there is already a translation, so I just need to compare the two. Nice... but I currently have a different mission: Mr. Comrie had mailed me a text file version of the Tsez-Russian dictionary by M. Š. Khalilov and told me he had plans to work on a "Tonwörterbuch für Tsesisch" (a Tsez sound dictionary). In a short briefing he explained to me that when Arsen Abdulaev arrives at the institute, they're planning to let him record all lexemes of the dictionary, partly in order to find minimal pairs and figure out the rules of stress, which apparently are not always correct in the dictionary (e.g., Khalilov gives магáлу for 'bread', whereas Comrie always heard it as мáгалу). And so it's my task now to manually copy aaaaaaaaall the words from the dictionary in a huge Excel table, fun! ;)
Well, it's not so bad at all, although I cannot simply copy them from the dictionary file... I have to sort them according to their part of speech and also list alternate forms, a few inflected forms and also the first Russian translation in case Mr. Abdulaev is not sure about the word. 300 pages to work on, but after one month of work, I'm beyond half of it. It's a tedious task, but it's alright, especially since I'm way faster working at home with my predefined Cyrillic keyboard.
At work, nothing much has changed. Edward Vajda is back again (still working on Ket) and I also talked to Susi who's still analyzing beaver species and their genoms, but the whole MPI looks like a construction site, now. Weird. I'm not sure what they're doing.

A few days ago there was a very interesting thread on UniLang, they asked to upload photos of people's dictionaries, phrase books and grammars. I seem to be the one with the most dictionaries (besides PastorAnt, *grrr*). I currently have 238 dictionaries in 142 languages (see this link for an entire list). I'm soon getting one in Isthmus Zapotec as well! Anyways, I've posted photos of my dictionaries there. You can view them right there in the thread: Argh, argh, I can't find the thread! Okay, instead, click here: Photobucket link!

German Sign Language
I suddenly grew interested in sign languages! Especially in DGS, Deutsche Gebärdensprache or German Sign Language. I found a really great page with sign language dictionaries in many languages: SignPuddle Online. But I had to learn a new writing system for it: Sutton SignWriting. But it's cool and it's fun. I read so much about it now, that I sometimes even see people's handshapes in normal life in SignWriting. Haha, fun. Unfortunately I don't know any deaf persons nor do I know people who're willing to learn DGS with me. And I'm not going to visit a course at the local Volkshochschule.

I also grew a little addicted to iSketch — people have to draw words they are shown and others have to guess what it is. In Germany this is best known as "Montagsmaler". They also have German channels; timwi, Luise and I had a lot of fun there. I'm "Vortarulo" there, by the way.

It's still summer holidays, although the summer is long over. The pool in our garden proved very refreshing during the hot days — man, sometimes we have temperatures of 29°C in there! Anyways, university starts on October 10, or so (not sure). I've already picked some courses, among them a translations course Chinese–German, a lecture (or seminar?) about City Defense in the 16th and 17th Century, where we will read some classical Chinese as well (yay!), and also a Listening Comprehension course for Chinese (which I desperately need!). In Linguistics I'll be visiting courses as interesting as Areal Typology, Phonology of Tones and a structure course (what the heck is 'Strukturkurs' in English?!) on Sakha (Yakut), a Turkic language from Siberia, given by Mrs. Pakendorf. I'm looking forward to it.
I'm not sure yet if I can take part in the Russian course again, part 3, but I will try...

City Tour for Taiwanese
Two Chinese girls from Taiwan, which I happen to know from MSN ("Clina" and her friend) visited Leipzig and I showed them the city or at least what I know about it. We were at the Augustusplatz, on top of the Uniriese, visited the Thomaskirche and the Nikolaikirche, had lunch at the Moritzbastei (together with inselLaura, by the way), and walked around a bit. We spoke a mix of Chinese, German and English. They had as many problems understanding my German as I understanding their Chinese, so most of the time, they spoke German and I spoke Chinese, haha.

Trip to China
As you might have noticed, I'm not in China right now (LiveJournal is banned in China), but little_jinxStephi and sreniUlrike are. Family Chen (the family of my Chinese language tandem partner 陈怡安) won't go there this year: Her husband had to go to Mexico for a seminar or workshop or something like that. Aww... well, maybe next year.

Yesterday, my aunt Sigrun and uncle Horst were here (or rather, downstairs at my parents'), we all ate together and I got the chance to ask for their relatives and what they remember about them. I was able to collect information about not less than 50 people, so now I have 308 people in my family's Genealogy. My mother's half-sister's husband's cousin (who is 81 by now and lives in Röblingen near Halle) is also doing genealogic research. They said that I should contact him if I want to know more, yay! Maybe later this year... I also want to visit my auntie Irma, cause she's the oldest still living person in my family with her 95 years.

I've also been quite active on Wikipedia these weeks, although I'm only dealing with small stuff. I'm actually planning on writing articles about Toolbox and the World Atlas of Language Structures... but I added two new sections to my user page: "Wikipedians I know or have met in real-life" and "People with Wikipedia articles that I have met in real-life (the people, not the articles)". Have a look there! If your name is missing on either of these lists and I have met you before, then tell me your username in a comment, please! janwo maybe? This also goes to people not on my friends list who're reading my LiveJournal. =)

Last but not (at all) least: I love her! She's the bestest girlfriend I could ever wish for! ^^
She's currently studying and reading hard for her psycholinguistics exam, so we don't see each other thaaaat often. But we phone everyday. A few weeks ago we went to see "Knocked Up" (de: "Beim ersten Mal") at the cinema, we liked it alot, I especially laughed about the Stephen Hawking parody and about something else I already forgot. 8 points.

Argh, I'm tempted to use WikiSyntax instead of html when writing here... :D

k thx bye



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Sep. 10th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
I added two new sections to my user page: "Wikipedians I know or have met in real-life" and "People with Wikipedia articles that I have met in real-life (the people, not the articles)".

Oooh, I'm jealousenvious: you met sonjaaa?

We (you and I - not she and I) talked on the phone once, but never met.
Sep. 10th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, on the last IS, she was there as well. :)

Right, I had you in that list before and removed you later, when I realized that we actually never met.
Sep. 10th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
Re: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:N-true/List_of_Klingon_computer_terms, cookies (n) "cookies" needs to be translated!: chabHommey?
Sep. 10th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks, good idea! I added it.
Sep. 10th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
Oh ja, der Film is witzig... wenn auch so idyllisch, das kann nur US-amerikanisch sein :) Hab ihn in England gesehen, die sprechen ja so tolles sauberes Englisch, ich hab ernsthaft alles verstanden, juchei.
Beim Gebärdensprache-Lernen wär ich dabei. Mein Wissen beschränkt sich auf elementare Gesten von Makaton, einer der beiden englischen Gebärdensprachen (die andere ist BSL), und hätt gern noch mehr. Vor allem fluchen macht so viel Spaß in Gebärden! ;)
Sep. 10th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
Hihi, ich hab jetzt einiges gelesen, v.A. auch deutsche Texte geschrieben in Sutton SignWriting für LBG (Lesebegleitende Gebärden) — da ist die Wortstellung die gleiche und man gestikuliert auch kleine Sachen mit. Vielleicht lern ich das mal für den Anfang erstmal. *g*
Sep. 11th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
Mh, mit geschriebenem kenn ich mich gar nicht aus... Muss auch sagen, mich würde diese Sprache nur dann reizen, wenn ich jemanden hätte, mit dem ich nur mittels eben dieser Sprache kommunizieren kann. Ne Sprache um der Sprache willen zu lernen... nö, irgendwie :)
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Oct. 12th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
Hehe, ja... an dich dachte ich auch, hatte das auch mal eingegeben, aber es scheint, du bist nur auf der deutschen Wikipädie registriert? Hab die Benutzerverlinkungen bisher nur auf der englischen Seite bei mir...
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Oct. 12th, 2007 11:37 am (UTC)
Hm.... also bei http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Janwo kommt jedenfalls keine Seite... :S
Auf der deutschen und indonesischen Seite schon... wie kann das sein?
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Oct. 12th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Dachte ich auch, aber dann hat's dort auch keine User Constributions. Moment. Tatsache... bei "All logs" steht, dass der Account mal erzeugt wurde. Okay. Dann bist du hiermit feierlich aufgenommen! ;)
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
Also www.sketchplanet.com is similar to isketch
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