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Query Subject:   Parallel multilingual word lists
Author:   Daniel Wedgwood
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Does anyone know of good sources of parallel word lists in a number of
languages? I'm looking for any fixed set of 'meanings' given in a
variety of languages -- the 100- or 200-word Swadesh lists would do
fine; longer lists would be even better. The intention is to use these
for research into computational methods of cross-linguistic
comparison.

Collections of lists from non-Indo-European language families would be
particularly useful. Since the Swadesh list is a recognised 'standard'
list, I'd also be interested to learn of references to works
containing the Swadesh list for just a few languages or even a single
language, in the hope that a significant number of these can be pu
together. Since lists based on common meanings are required, works
that list only cognates in different languages are unfortunately no
so useful.

I'm already aware of the following resources, which others may also
find useful:

www.rosettaproject.org - includes a large database of Swadesh lists,
but at present most of them are far from complete

Dyen, Kruskal and Black's Indo-European data (from "An Indoeuropean
Classification: A Lexicostatistical Experiment", Transactions of the
American Philosophical Society, 1992, vol. 82/5), available online a
www.wordgumbo.com/ie/cmp/iedata.tx

I'd be very grateful to receive any pointers to other useful resources
and will post a summary of responses.


Dan Wedgwood
Theoretical and Applied Linguistics,
University of Edinburgh



LL Issue: 14.1083
Date posted: 11-Apr-2003



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