DiACL - Diachronic Atlas of Comparative Linguistics

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Gerd Carling - Lund University, Center for Language and Literature

Description:

DiACL is an open access database with lexical and typological/morphosyntactic data for historical, comparative and phylogenetic linguistics. It contains data from 500 languages of 18 families, divided into three macro-areas: Eurasia, Pacific, and the Amazon. The database has the following content: 1) Lexical datasets with basic vocabularies (Swadesh lists), 2) Lexical datasets with culture vocabularies, focusing on subsistence system vocabulary, 3) Typological/morphosyntactic datasets including the main types Word Order, Alignment, and Nominal/ Verbal Morphology.
DiACL contains data from contemporary and historical languages, and, if possible, reconstructed languages. Data is derived from dictionaries, grammars, or by new fieldwork (in particular data from Caucasus and the Amazon). All data is sourced in scientifically reliable literature.

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Gerd Carling - Lund University, Center for Language and Literature

Identifiers:

SND-ID: EXT 0269

Purpose:

The aim of the database is to make datasets for evolutionary and comparative linguistics available open access. The datasets, which are comparative and complete, span over large geographic areas, containing data for typology/morphosyntax and lexicon (basic vocabulary and culture vocabulary). Datasets can be used to investigate spatio-temporal and linguistic comparative correlations.

Description:

DiACL is an open access database with lexical and typological/morphosyntactic data for historical, comparative and phylogenetic linguistics. It contains data from 500 languages of 18 families, divided into three macro-areas: Eurasia, Pacific, and the Amazon. The database has the following content: 1) Lexical datasets with basic vocabularies (Swadesh lists), 2) Lexical datasets with culture vocabularies, focusing on subsistence system vocabulary, 3) Typological/morphosyntactic datasets including the main types Word Order, Alignment, and Nominal/ Verbal Morphology.
DiACL contains data from contemporary and historical languages, and, if possible, reconstructed languages. Data is derived from dictionaries, grammars, or by new fieldwork (in particular data from Caucasus and the Amazon). All data is sourced in scientifically reliable literature.

Time period(s) investigated:

2013 — ongoing

Citation requirement:

Carling, Gerd (ed.) 2016/2017. Diachronic Atlas of Comparative Linguistics Online. (Available at: https://lundic.ht.lu.se/. Accessed on: z.).

Data from individual languages should preferably be quoted by their source:
NN, NN, NN, NN. Data set: x (basic vocabulary/culture vocabulary/typology), y (language). In: Carling, Gerd (ed.) 2016/2017. Diachronic Atlas of Comparative Linguistics Online. (Available at: https://lundic.ht.lu.se/. Accessed on: z.).

Diachronic Atlas of Comparative Linguistics

Description:

Data has been compiled by analyzing grammars and dictionaries and by means of fieldwork. The population of data into the database is controlled by matrix documents, questionnaires and careful instructions, in order to creat complete and comparable dtasets. The process of population has been supervised by the database editor (Gerd Carling) and language experts for each language group.

Data format / data structure:

Text

Geospatial

Other

Data collection:

Mode of collection: Compilation/Synthesis

Time period(s) for data collection: 2012-06-01