Typological Database System

Hengeveld, P.C. P.C.Hengeveld at UVA.NL
Mon Jun 25 21:59:57 UTC 2012

Dear colleagues.

This is to let you know that the Typological Database System (TDS) has migrated to a new hosting infrastructure, the Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), a  stable repository maintained by the Royal Academy of the Netherlands (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The new address of the system is http://tds2.dans.knaw.nl/.

The TDS is a collection of independently developed typological databases. Unified querying is supported with the help of an integrated ontology. For background information please refer to http://languagelink.let.uu.nl/tds/main.html#home[0].

The component databases of the TDS are cross-linguistic databases used for research in language typology and linguistics. They add up to some 1200 different descriptive properties, about more than 1000 languages. Because of the heterogeneous nature of the collection, most properties, varying from phoneme inventories to color terms systems,  are filled for a subset of the languages only. Most of the data is in the form of high-level analytical properties, but there are also a few collections of example sentences (with glosses) illustrating particular phenomena.

Note that in order to use the system, one or all of the databases have to be selected before the browser and querying functions can be called upon.

We hope you will find this tool a useful one.

Best wishes,

Kees Hengeveld

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