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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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Welcome to the Language Resources Area


This area of the LINGUIST List contains information on languages and language families, plus links to websites devoted to natural and constructed languages, to writing systems, and to language resources, e.g., dictionaries.

Thanks to the generous cooperation of the Ethnologue, you can search a database of information on over 7000 unique languages, using over 47,000 language names and alternate names. This database keeps track of those languages which have become extinct (573 entries), or are in imminent danger of becoming extinct (440 entries). In addition, you can access a separate LINGUIST List database of information on ancient and extinct languages with ISO 639-3 codes to which LINGUIST List has added languages with temporary codes, constructed languages, and language families.

You may also access the combined language search facilities.


In addition to the information on languages described above, we have links to numerous websites with language-related information:

Keep us up to date! We want to be as comprehensive as possible. If you know of a link that should go in these pages, please add it here .