[Lingtyp] Grammar Watch rebooted

Martin Haspelmath martin_haspelmath at eva.mpg.de
Thu Mar 11 06:07:36 UTC 2021

Wow, that's fantastic, Mark! Thanks so much to everyone involved for 
setting this up – this is something that I've dreamed of for quite some 

So Grammar Watch is really a "Barrier-free Grammar Collection" now – 
providing a basis for grammar survey work that is independent from 
physical libraries or expensive institutions.

Curating it will involve work, but this is definitely worth it, I think.

Kudos to ALT's Executive Committee, and especially to Mark, Ljuba, 
Daniel and Sterre (who seem to be some of they key people behind it).

Finally, if you're not using Zotero yet: For me, this was the 
application that changed my life more than any other application over 
the last 15 years.


Am 10.03.21 um 21:07 schrieb Dingemanse, Mark:
> Dear all,
> For a long time, the ALT website hosted an irregularly updated list of 
> openly available grammars known as Grammar Watch, which started under 
> the auspices of Frans Plank and Martin Haspelmath. ALT would like to 
> continue this service in a more user-friendly and sustainable way. 
> Therefore, we have rebooted Grammar Watch as a living bibliography 
> whose aim is to make it easy to find, read and cite open access 
> grammatical descriptions. You can find it here: 
> https://linguistic-typology.org/grammarwatch/ 
> <https://linguistic-typology.org/grammarwatch/>
> LingTyp readers will know there are plenty of bibliographic resources 
> online, chief among them the formidable Glottolog. The aim of Grammar 
> Watch is more modest: we aim not for exhaustive coverage but for a 
> manually curated collection that boosts the visibility and 
> usage of high quality open access grammars. One use case we foresee is 
> to make it maximally easy for students to draw from a 
> curated collection of recent grammars directly available for download.
> The rebooted Grammar Watch also features an open Zotero group library 
> <https://www.zotero.org/groups/2459672/grammar_watch/library> that 
> users can also tap into directly if they want. Contributing new 
> grammars to the collection is also possible in the same way; details 
> are on the Grammar Watch 'Contribute' page. We hope the new format 
> allows more users to contribute, and helps more researchers to find 
> good open access grammars.
> For the ALT Executive Committee,
> Mark Dingemanse
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Martin Haspelmath
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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