LangDoc: Bibliographic Infrastructure for Linguistic Typology

  • Harald Hammarström Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen
  • Sebastian Nordhoff Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology


The present paper describes the ongoing project (LangDoc) to make bibliography website for linguistic typology, with a near-complete database of references to documents that contain descriptive data on the languages of the world. This is intended to provide typologists with a more precise and comprehensive way to search for information on languages, and for the specific kind information that they are interested in. The annotation scheme devised is a trade-off between annotation effort and search desiderata. The end goal is a website with browse, search, update, new items subscription and download facilities, which can hopefully be enriched by spontaneous collaborative efforts.