A Database System for Language Typology
In conjunction with the Word order Group of the Eurotyp Project, Dik Bakker and Anna Siewierska
devised a general schema for a database to be used in conjunction with linguistic questionnaires.
As described by the authors, "the proposed scheme is intended to facilitate computer data entry
and the analysis of linguistic data by means of generally available and specially developed
programs. It constitutes a powerful analytical tool which can be easily applied to any linguistic
domain. In order to use the system all that is required is that the linguistic domain under
investigation be structured in a particular variable - value format and transformed into a normal
computer readable text file. Once this is accomplished, all the analytical procedures can be applied
automatically without further technical demands on the linguist. The linguist "only" needs to
apply her/his linguistic knowledge and expertise in reducing the number of possibilities open to
the computer programs or alternatively in selecting from a body of potentially relevant linguistic
facts those which are of actual interest."
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