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Jost Gippert: Our Featured Linguist!

"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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MultiTree, a three-year project, is creating a digital library of scholarly hypotheses about language relationships and subgroupings. This information is being organized in a searchable database with a web interface, and each hypothesis is presented graphically as an interactive hyperbolic display of a family tree, accompanied by information on all of the languages involved and the authors and bibliographical sources of the hypothesis.

MultiTree will interact with the LL-MAP Project, a geolinguistic database which will provide users a fully functional Geographical Information System (GIS) through which linguistic data--including subgrouping information--can be viewed in its geographical context. Both these databases will be integrated with other existing LINGUIST List databases, providing access to a wealth of information on related books, articles, dissertations, and conferences. MultiTree is funded by a National Science Foundation grant (BCS 04040000).

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