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Digital areal linguistics

The goal of this project is to create a database of comparable lexical items in a number of representative languages spoken in the Himalayan region in India and to use this database for investigating the Himalayas as a linguistic area.

The project is a collaboration with the IDS project (MPI Leipzig, Germany), an international initiative for collecting comparable basic vocabulary in a large number of languages, where the database can be used for various different purposes. The database will enable the project to investigate questions relating to the Himalayan region as a linguistic micro-area.

The results of this project will contribute to methodological development in digital documentation and linguistic typology research. It will add Himalayan languages to the IDS. It will also contribute to our knowledge of the languages of this region, of the Himalayas as a linguistic area, and of areal-typological linguistics in general.

The project is financially supported by the Swedish Research Council for the period 2010-2014 (VR dnr 2009-1448).

Project outcomes

Word lists for South Asian languages

One goal of the project was to produce basic vocabulary lists based on the concept sets from the Intercontinental Dictionary Series (IDS) project, plus the additions defined in the Loanword Typology (LWT) project (both conducted at the former Department of Linguistics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig.

The languages are shown with their names and ISO 639-3 codes in parentheses. In case a language has no ISO 639-3 code, this is noted.

How to cite:

If you are using these wordlists for any purposes, use the following reference to cite the source (follow the BibTeX link for full bibliographical information):

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Languages

 

 

A (revised) Swedish IDS/LWT (ISO 639-3 code: swe) list is available for download in LMF format here. It can also be searched online through Karp.

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Publications

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  20. Saxena, Anju 2011. Towards empirical classification of Kin­nauri varieties. P. K. Austin et al. (eds), Conference on Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 3. London: SOAS.
  21. Saxena, Anju 2010. A survey of the linguistic situation in Kin­naur. Some preliminary observations. The 43rd Interna­tional Conference on Sino-Tibetan Langu­ages and Lin­guistics, 15-18.

Workshops and presentations

Workshops

  1. Workshop on using standardized word lists in linguistic data collection
    Venue: University of Gothenburg. 26th October 2010.
    Co-organizers: Anju Saxena & Lars Borin
    (about 50 participants; participants from Scandinavian countries)
  2. Workshop on comparing approaches to measuring linguistic differences
    Venue: University of Gothenburg. 24–25 October 2011.
    Co-organizers: Anju Saxena, Lars Borin & K. Taraka Rama
    (about 70 participants; participants from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, German, Holland, Sweden and Thailand)
  3. Gabmap tutorial organized by John Nerbonne (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
    Venue: University of Gothenburg. 26 October 2011 (co-sponsored event)
  4. International workshop on linguistic microareas in South Asia
    Venue: Uppsala University. 5–6 May 2014 (co-sponsored event)
    Organizer: Anju Saxena
  5. International workshop on multilingual databases
    Venue: Språkbanken, University of Gothenburg. 17 October 2014.
    Organizer: Lars Borin

Invited presentations

  1. Bernard Comrie delivered an invited lecture at the Department of Swedish, University of Gothenburg, with the title “Ditransitive constructions: a typological view” (presentation of joint work by Andrej Malchukov, Martin Haspelmath and Bernard Comrie) October 2010
    (co-sponsored event)
  2. Anju Saxena delivered a plenary lecture at the Third Conference on Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory (LDLT3) with the title “Towards empirical classification of Kinnauri varieties”.
    Venue: School of Oriental and African Studies, London. 19–20 November 2011
  3. Lars Borin delivered an invited talk at the Language diversity congress. Computational issues in studying language diversity: Storage, analysis and inference with the title “For better or for worse? Going beyond short word lists in computational studies of language diversity”.
    Venue: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands, 18–20 July 2013