Overview

This section is mainly intended for students and provides some links to useful tools, resources and informative material for linguistic and especially typological research.


General linguistic resources

LinguistList: “The LINGUIST List is dedicated to providing information on language and language analysis, and to providing the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure necessary to function in the digital world. LINGUIST maintains a web-site with over 2000 pages and runs a mailing list with over 22,542 subscribers worldwide.”

R: a powerful statistical package for quantitative data analysis in linguistics.

Many more useful links, especially on corpus linguistic and computational resources, can be found at Prof. Stefan Gries' website at UC Santa Barbara.

Glottopedia: a free encyclopaedia of the language sciences.

Bibliography of Linguistic Literature: A highly recommended database for literature research in linguistics, maintained by the University Library Frankfurt/Main.


Typological resources

Glottolog: a comprehensive database on the genetic relationships between the languages of the world (and their dialects), with an extensive reference section for bibliographical research, especially on smaller languages.

Plank, Frans (2003ff.). "Das grammatische Raritätenkabinett: a leisurely collection to entertain and instruct." ... and the Universals Archive associated with it.

Bickel, Balthasar and Johanna Nichols (1996ff.). The AUTOTYP database network. Electronic database, current activities, theory of autotypologizing data.

The World Atlas of Language Structures. This phenomenal work was coordinated by the members of the Department of Linguistics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig (MPI-EVA). Its second edition is now freely availble online.

A Web of Online Grammars: Contains a collection of reference, learning and historical grammatical descriptions of a wide range of languages.

Glossing Issues: Cross-linguistic research and language documentation usually sticks to a common notational format. Cf. the Leipzig Glossing Rules.

The professional organisation dedicated to linguistic typology is the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT).