STEDT database now available online!

John Lowe jb at JOHNBLOWE.COM
Mon Jan 31 23:57:38 UTC 2011

The STEDT database is now available online!

The Sino-Tibetan Etymological Dictionary and Thesaurus project is pleased to announce that the project's principal lexicographic database is now available for public use via the world wide web.

The database, which has been used in the preparation of several printed compendia in the domain of Sino-Tibetan linguistics, including The Handbook of Proto-Tibeto-Burman: System and Philosophy of Sino-Tibetan Reconstruction (2003) and The Tibeto-Burman Reproductive System: Toward an Etymological Thesaurus (2008), contains 432,976 lexical items from 566 languages, protolanguages, and dialects of the Sino-Tibetan linguistic area.

An initial version of the web interface may be found at:

Further background on Sino-Tibetan and the STEDT Project can be found at:

Note that this web interface is new and not fully tested. It is designed to be simple and accessible, but it does not yet implement a great many features which we plan to incorporate in order to facilitate etymological research.

The STEDT project plans several releases, both of improved software as well as the data itself, in the current grant cycle.

Your feedback and suggestions are solicited.  You may submit them via the website or email stedt at

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