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Cross-Linguistic Data Formats, advancing data sharing and re-use in comparative linguistics

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Forkel,  Robert
Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;

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List,  Johann-Mattis
CALC, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;

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Greenhill,  Simon J.
Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;

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Rzymski,  Christoph
Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;

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Bank,  Sebastian
Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;

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Hammarström,  Harald
Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;

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Haspelmath,  Martin
Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;

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Gray,  Russell D.
Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;

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Forkel, R., List, J.-M., Greenhill, S. J., Rzymski, C., Bank, S., Cysouw, M., et al. (2018). Cross-Linguistic Data Formats, advancing data sharing and re-use in comparative linguistics. Scientific Data, 5: 180205. doi:10.1038/sdata.2018.205.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-91A6-9
Abstract
The amount of available digital data for the languages of the world is constantly increasing. Unfortunately, most of the digital data are provided in a large variety of formats and therefore not amenable for comparison and re-use. The Cross-Linguistic Data Formats initiative proposes new standards for two basic types of data in historical and typological language comparison (word lists, structural datasets) and a framework to incorporate more data types (e.g. parallel texts, and dictionaries). The new specification for cross-linguistic data formats comes along with a software package for validation and manipulation, a basic ontology which links to more general frameworks, and usage examples of best practices.