This is the Web page for the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT), an international organisation founded in March 1994, acting as an interest group for typologists and encouraging cooperation across its international community. The page offers practical information, such as: links to the ALT members directory showing their language expertise and research interests; details on how to join ALT and to subscribe to its journal, Linguistic Typology; information on funding available for typological research; a list of other typological websites and linguistic organisations; the ALT Grammar Watch - a review of newly published grammars of individual languages and surveys of language families. Also featured are: ALT's newsletter archive; data-bank of syllabuses of typology courses; ALT discussion list; universals archive at the University of Konstanz; and discounted grammars and typological literature for ALT members. This site could be of interest to researchers and students involved in linguistic typology studies.
Bill Palmer is a member of the Surrey Morphology Group and is currently working on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded research project concerning the use of possessive morphology to index subject on verbs in languages of the Northwest Solomonic branch of Oceanic (Austronesian). His homepage contains links to published and draft papers; a bibliography with links to some dictionaries of various languages; his PhD-thesis and masters thesis; and information about his field research. This is a valuable resource for anyone interested in language typology and especially Oceanic languages.
Language Documentation and Conservation (LD&C) is a freely available, peer reviewed online ejournal concerned with the preservation and documentation of the languages of the world. It is estimated that only around ten per cent of the languages of the world are well documented. The remaining 90% are, in some cases under-documented, and in others, in practice, completely undocumented. The journal aims to cover as many aspects as possible of the description, documentation and preservation of languages. The journal is published semi-annually, during the months of June and December. This journal is of interest to both scholars and students of the minority languages of the world as well as of the attempts to preserve and document those languages.
The website of Larry Hyman, professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, contains information on his academic research on phonological and morphosyntactic aspects of Bantu languages from the theoretical, descriptive, comparative and historical perspectives. The topics covered in his publications include: the basic structure of Proto-Bantu; sound change, misanalysis, analogy and frication in the Bantu causative; tone, verb inflection and length harmony in Leggbó; affix ordering in Chichewa; verb-stem reduplication in Ndebele; and verb tones in Dagbani. Professor Hyman has also written on theoretical issues (such as the strengths and limitations of Optimality Theory, the interplay between phonology and morphology as it is exemplified in cyclicity, and the mechanisms of vowel harmony), and on languages that fall outside the Niger-Congo family, his area of specialisation, such as Hakha Lai (a Tibeto-Burman language). His writings highlight the contributions made and challenges posed by African languages to phonological theory. For instance, he (in corroboration with Francis Katamba) has explored the problem of defining the word in Luganda and its broader implications to the venerable criteria for the word embodied in the classification phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic word. The website will prove invaluable to undergraduates, graduates and specialist researchers on African linguistics and phonological theory. A number of Professor Hyman's papers are available on the website in PDF format. However, the full appreciation of his contribution to and influence in the development of modern phonological theory comes with acquaintance with some of his papers that cannot be downloaded from his website.
The Rosetta Project website offers a linguistic record of over 1000 languages from around the world. It was created in order to preserve at risk languages, which are likely to disappear over the next century.The project was set up by the Long Now Foundation, which aims to preserve our heritage for future generations. The main aims of this linguistic project are to produce a modern version of the Rosetta stone, which will allow future academics to understand extinct languages and secondly, to provide a platform for linguistic research and education. The project team records seven separate components of each language: a detailed description of the language and it's speakers; a translation of the first three chapters of Genesis; a glossed vernacular text including a grammatical analysis; an explanation of the writing system and pronunciation guide; a core word list; an inventory of phonemes; and an audio file.The project director would welcome contributions from experts in the field. The user must agree to the project's copyright terms before they can gain access to the online database.
SIL International (formerly Summer Institute of Linguistics) is a faith-based Christian organisation working with speakers and communities of the world's lesser-known languages. Its aim is to study and document minority languages and to facilitate development through research, translation and literacy. SIL works in cooperation with government agencies, non-governmental organisations and academic institutions. It publishes materials on endangered languages, prepares people to do fieldwork in applied linguistics; carries out language research, translation and teaching projects around the world; develops software for language research; and publishes Ethnologue: Languages of the World. The site offers rich information on the Institute and a variety of resources: articles on endangered languages, publications and a software catalogue. Academic domains covered by SIL include: anthropology; ethnomusicology; computing; language learning; linguistics; literacy; sociolinguistics; and translation.
Studia Linguistica is an international forum providing original research on theoretical linguistics, primarily in the fields of grammar, cognitive semantics, and language typology. The site offers journal contents and abstracts (dating back to 1997); a sample article (full-text); information for contributors; and a contents alerting service (Select). Full-text access is available to members of subscribing institutions; online subscription is also available. Alternatively, individuals may purchase single issues or articles.