Languages considered in typologcial research

Joseph T. Farquharson jtfarquharson at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 4 00:13:32 UTC 2011

The World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS)  is making this increasingly

However, it should be noted that absence from WALS might just mean that the
typologist could not access the sources, or the language has the feature
but it just has not been noticed or described yet.

I suspect that for a very long time to come presence in typological work
will be more informative than absence.


On 3 December 2011 19:27, Colin Masica <dacotah at> wrote:

> I am surprised this hasn't been done.
> Colin Masica
> On Dec 3, 2011, at 12:08 PM, E. Bashir wrote:
> Not a silly question at all, I think.  Such statistics would be very
> interesting.
> Elena Bashir
>   ------------------------------
> *From:* Wolfgang Schulze <W.Schulze at LRZ.UNI-MUENCHEN.DE>
> *Sent:* Saturday, December 3, 2011 11:42 AM
> *Subject:* Languages considered in typologcial research
>  Dear friends,
> just a short (and maybe silly?) question: Is anybody aware of some kind of
> statistics that considers to which extent the individual languages of the
> world are dealt with in the typological literature? It would be interesting
> to see where (and why !) there are both lacunae and statistic 'peaks'. The
> issue could be refined if one includes the classical linguistics domains
> such as phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics etc. Such a "World Atlas
> of Linguistics Data" (just to give it a name) would not only help
> motivating researchers to fill up lacunae, but also help understanding what
> the reasons may be for certain preferences...
> Best wishes,
> Wolfgang
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