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LINGUIST List 22.4311

Mon Oct 31 2011

FYI: The Global Lexicostatistical Database

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        1.     Alexei Kassian , The Global Lexicostatistical Database

Message 1: The Global Lexicostatistical Database
Date: 28-Oct-2011
From: Alexei Kassian <a.kassiangmail.com>
Subject: The Global Lexicostatistical Database
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Dear colleagues and friends,

We are happy to inform you that the latest sub-project of the long-term
''Evolution of Human Languages'' program, The Global Lexicostatistical
Database, is finally open for public access. It can be reached either
from the main page of our site (http://starling.rinet.ru/main.html) or
directly at http://starling.rinet.ru/new100/main.htm.

The GLD is a collective undertaking run primarily by researchers at the
Center for Comparative Linguistics at the Russian State University for
the Humanities, Moscow, with some external support. The GLD's
stated mission is to assemble a unified and ordered collection of basic
lexical data on all/most of the world's languages, which can then be
used for various purposes of historical and typological linguistics.

Detailed pertinent information on the project, its specifics, current state,
Web interface features, future plans, etc., can be found in the ''About
the Project'' section of the site.

In its current state, the GLD hosts Swadesh wordlists for 67 languages
and dialects from a representative selection of 29 various small
language groups across the world. However, the project is a long-term
undertaking, and we hope to expand this number significantly even
before the year is out. We also welcome both passive (remarks,
criticisms, proofreading of data, etc.) and active (wordlist contribution in
the GLD format) participation from every scholar interested in the
project (for more details, see the ''Collaboration'' page at

We hope that this announcement will prompt you to at least pay a visit
to the site, and, if possible, spread the news to other colleagues in your
respective departments who may be interested in some of the same
aims and goals as shared by the GLD team. We will also be setting up
a newsgroup/mailing list with timely information on all of the site's
updates. If you wish to be included on that list, please let us know by
responding to this E-mail.

Respectfully yours

GLD team supervisors:

George Starostin (Russian State University for the Humanities,
Alexei Kassian (Institute of Linguistics + RSUH, Moscow)
Mikhail Zhivlov (Institute of Linguistics + RSUH, Moscow)

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Lexicography; Typology

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