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The World Atlas of Language Structures Online

Last Updated: 2 Mar 2011

WALS is a large database of structural (phonological, grammatical, lexical) properties of languages gathered from descriptive materials (such as reference grammars) by a team of more than 40 authors (many of them the leading authorities on the subject).

WALS consists of 141 NotAllowedScript61aa0f8b951a7maps with accompanying texts on diverse features (such as vowel inventory size, noun-genitive order, passive constructions, and "hand"/"arm" polysemy), each of which is the responsibility of a single author (or team of authors). Each map shows between 120 and 1370 languages, each language being represented by a symbol, and different symbols showing different values of the feature. Altogether 2,650 languages are shown on the NotAllowedScript61aa0f8b951a7maps, and more than 58,000 datapoints give information on features in particular languages. Read more...