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Title: World Language Mapping in GIS format
Submitter: Bill Dickson
Description: The World Lanuguage Mapping System (WLMS), a set of worldwide language
homeland areas (polygons) and point locations for use in Geographic
Information Systems (GIS)is now generally available for the first time.
Dataset developed jointly by SIL and GMI maps all languages of the 14th
Edition Ethnologue, and includes substantially all of the data of the
published Ethnologue as a GIS attribute table. For information see
http://www.gmi.org/wlms .
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Computational Linguistics
Anthropological Linguistics
Genetic Classification

LL Issue: 15.3142
Date Posted: 09-Nov-2004

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