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LINGUIST List 21.3917

Tue Oct 05 2010

FYI: Language Description Heritage Open Access Library

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        1.    Michael Cysouw, Language Description Heritage Open Access Library

Message 1: Language Description Heritage Open Access Library
Date: 04-Oct-2010
From: Michael Cysouw <cysouwlmu.de>
Subject: Language Description Heritage Open Access Library
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Dear Colleagues,

If you have any long out-of-print studies, unpublished data collections, or
other works of which you are the sole copyright holder, please consider to
share them with the wider linguistic community at the Language Description
Heritage (LDH) open access digital library, available online at:


(or http://www.facebook.com/LanguageDescriptionHeritageProject)

The goal of the LDH is to make available existing descriptive and analytic
work about the world’s languages. The main focus is to provide easy access
to traditionally difficult to obtain scientific contributions.
Specifically, there are many unpublished theses and manuscripts with
valuable data on individual languages that are often unknown and
unavailable to the wider linguistic community. Also many out-of-print
publications with a limited availability in research libraries deserve a
much wider audience and recognition.

To enhance to flow of scientific discussion, we offer this platform to make
electronic versions of said contributions freely available. The Language
Description Heritage Digital Library minimally provides photographic scans,
downloadable in PDF format (more is planned for the future). Most
importantly, (almost) all content in this digital library is available
under a permissive Creative Commons (CC-by) license, so everything can be
freely used for all scientific purposes.

When you are the author and/or rights-holder of a suitable publication,
please and consider making your works available under a CC-license. This is
a very simply process. Basically, you sign a permission form
(http://ldh.livingsources.org/files/2009/08/formular13081.pdf) and send
this to us. Detailed instructions can be found at

We recommend you assign a bare CC-by (“Attribution”) license to your work,
though you might also opt for an even freer CC-zero (“No Rights Reserved”,
equivalent to “Public Domain”). Clear and open licensing enhances the
exchange of scientific ideas. In choosing a license, please be aware that
there is a difference between scientific recognition and commercial
recognition of your work. Whatever license you choose for your work, this
does not regulate scientific recognition! To obtain more scientific
recognition it is best to make your work as broadly and easily available as
possible, so others can find and acknowledge your work without restriction.
To enhance the exchange of scientific results, we recommend you to choose a
highly permissive license.

The LDH is being compiled at the Max Planck Society in Germany,
specifically at the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig in
cooperation with the Max Planck Digital Library in Munich.

Michael Cysouw


Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology – Library
Language Description Heritage (LDH) Project
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig, Germany

email: ldheva.mpg.de

Scientific Mentoring: Prof. Dr. Bernard Comrie, Dr. Michael Cysouw
Library Assistance: Gisela Lausberg, Kirstin Baumgarten

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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