User:A R King
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Hello, my name is Alan.
- Formally, I have studied linguistics in the United States (undergraduate studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Berkeley in the early seventies) and England (where I completed a doctorate at the University of London at the beginning of the nineties). Informally I view these as mere bureaucratic episodes in the midst of a course of lifelong, self-directed, compulsive learning about the languages of the world.
- Most of my work focuses in a variety of ways on the study, development and support of minority or endangered languages in many parts of the world.
- I am a Corresponding Member of the Royal Academy of the Basque Language and a Founding Member of Iniciativa para la Recuperación del Idioma Náhuat - Te Miki Tay Tupal.
- I have written several books, articles, etc., principally on the Basque and Nawat (Pipil) languages.
- I live in the Basque Country, a stateless nation in Europe. Other countries where I have lived for a year or longer are Catalonia, El Salvador, England (where I was born), the USA and Wales.
Some external links to "me":
- See some professional information at my translator's profile: translator's profile
- Facebook users can locate my profile by doing a search for "Alan King Basque".
I have studied many languages in a theoretical context. I also have a practical command of a few of them, at varying levels of proficiency, including those shown on the right, and also...
- Naja niweli nitaketza wan nitawawasua tik Nawat ipal Kushkatan.
A mission statement
I do all I can to promote the freedom, development and right to recovery of countries, peoples and languages suffering from discrimination, intolerance, injustice, foreign imposition and threats to their existence, and, not having a state of their own, whose legitimate collective rights are denied by another country and its government to whose rule they are forced to submit. As a writer, my most effective means of doing this is by informing the world about them, and this will be my mission in Wikipedia, where I plan to concentrate on presenting quality information on the structures of a variety of such languages.
Contributions to Wikipedia
Articles that I have created
- Pipil grammar (October 2006)
- Pipil language (typological overview) (October 2006)
- Miskito grammar (October 2006)
- Miskito language (typological overview) (October 2006)
- Basque grammar (August 2007)
- Basque verbs (August 2007)
- See also: Miskito language course in Wikibooks (January-February 2007)
Some other articles I have edited / improved / expanded / interfered with
- Pipil language (October 2006)
- Basque people (December 2006)
- Mayan languages (March 2007)
- Rama language (March 2007)
- Tibetan grammar (March 2008)
Projects I have started to work on and are currently "on ice"
As much a reminder to myself as anything else!
- Romani grammar
Things I have said I may do (so as not to forget I said so)
- Lenca language/grammar
- Hawaiian language/grammar
|The Original Barnstar|
|Well deserved for your hard work on Basque related issues (among many others) and specially your cleanup of the Basque people article. Sugaar 23:20, 13 December 2006 (UTC)|
Favourite areas and issues
At the present time I am not being very active on Wikipedia, but I hope to be back before long. In the meantime if anyone wishes to contact me or call my attention to things happening here they are welcome to do so sending me an e-mail from this page. --A R King 06:34, 17 February 2007 (UTC)