[Tibeto-burman-linguistics] Pre-release of STEDT data now available!

John B Lowe jblowe at berkeley.edu
Thu Jun 9 10:38:20 UTC 2016


At long last, the Sino-Tibetan Etymological Dictionary and Thesaurus is
being published and the database and software associated with the project
is being made available.

This announcement is for an early, experimental, "pre-release" of the
deliverables -- we are hoping that some highly-motivated individuals will
step forward to do some initial checking and experimentation before a wider

Please contact me for a URL where you can download the materials if you are
interested; after a short period of testing and evaluation, *all* materials
will be released for free download under a generous license.

Many thanks to the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment
for the Humanities for their long support of this project, grant citations
may be found at the end of this message.


John B. Lowe
jblowe at berkeley.edu

Initial release of the digital assets associated with the
Sino-Tibetan Etymological Dictionary and Thesaurus

1. The primary deliverable of the STEDT project, the published version of
the Dictionary-Thesaurus, is "in press".  A very limited run of 15
"hardcopies", in a handsome imitation leather binding, is currently being
prepared at UC Berkeley, and will be available for purchase for
approximately 400 USD in the coming weeks.

Let us know if you’d like to order a copy!

The  “camera-ready” PDF 1,185 pages (xlii, 1141 pp.) in 11”x17” format, is
available for download. The file is 22MB.

2. A "side effect" of the project is the substantial database of lexicons
of Sino-Tibetan languages, the "STEDT database". In its current
incarnation, it is a MySQL database with a (mostly) normalized schema.

Note, that the database is already available to be searched online, and has
been for some time:


For example, here is a example of a cognate set PTB *d-kʷəy-n 'DOG'


However, the database and software to manipulate it have not been widely
distributed until now.

NB: the software is already available in GitHub:


The database itself is available for download as a compressed database
dump, along with minimal documentation and some "derivative versions".

We look forward to hearing back from you about this early release.

Please send comments and questions to either of these two addresses:

stedt at berkeley.edu (general address for all STEDT matters)

jblowe at berkeley.edu


John B. Lowe

* This material is based upon work supported by the National Science
Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in
this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the
views of the National Science Foundation or the National Endowment for the

* National Science Foundation, Division of Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences,
Linguistics, Grant Nos. BNS-86-17726, BNS-90-11918, DBS-92-09481,
FD-95-11034, SBR-9808952, BCS-9904950, BCS-0345929, BCS-0712570,

* National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Research Programs,
Grant Nos. RT-20789-87, RT-21203-90, RT-21420-92; Preservation & Access
Reference Materials, Grant Nos. PA-22843-96, PA-23353-99, PA-24168-02,
PA-50709-04, PM-50072-07, PW-50674-10.
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