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LINGUIST List 22.1484

Wed Mar 30 2011

There's: Still So Much More To Offer

Editor for this issue: Maria Moreno-Rollins <marialinguistlist.org>

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Message 1: MultiTree Project At LINGUIST
Date: 30-Mar-2011
From: linguist <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: MultiTree Project At LINGUIST
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Dear LINGUIST List subscribers,

The MultiTree project (http://multitree.org/), a digital library of
language relationship hypotheses, has been supported through your
donations since 2008. These donations are greatly appreciated, because
they have allowed students such as myself to work on this project and
if you donate this year, the work we’re doing will continue:


Each student on MultiTree is given language families to focus on,
which means that we correspond with preeminent historical linguists
specializing in those families. We then search for the hypotheses
that are suggested by the specialists as well as find more on our
own. This research is used to present our users with a range of
hypotheses while highlighting the most accepted hypotheses in our
composite trees.

Through these efforts, the MultiTree library has grown to include 1,092
language family trees that are freely available to the public. Our
hyperbolic tree viewer allows one to pull subgroups and languages into
the foreground and view a whole tree, making it possible to view huge
language families such as Niger-Congo. The public may also download,
comment on, and compare the trees within the library.

The comparison feature's ability to display two hypotheses in the same
browser window is an important feature in our discipline, where hypotheses
for languages families can vary greatly depending on the specialist and
the time period in which they were written. In addition to providing
these hypotheses in accessible format, MultiTree offers an impressive
bibliography of sources for those who are interested in learning more
about a particular family.

We've accomplished a lot so far, but there's still so much more that
we hope to offer in the future. As we continue adding hypotheses into
the library, we also want to make improvements to the site, such as
building an enhanced commenting facility that will hopefully lead to
fruitful discussion between specialists, students, and other interested
communities. We'd also like to make our full bibliography available for

The continued development and maintenance of MultiTree (http://multitree.org/)
can only happen with your ongoing support. Please donate today to ensure
that this resource is available for all to use and to help students like
me continue to work on this valuable resource:


Thank you so much for your continued support of The LINGUIST List and

Kind regards,

Danielle St. Jean
MultiTree Editor

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