22.05.2015 - 15:03
A  A

World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS)

The World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS) was published as a book and has been freely available online since 2008. It brings together data on the phonological, morphological and syntactic patterns of over two thousand languages, contributed by a consortium of over 40 comparative linguists. [more]

World Loanword Database

The World Loanword Database (WOLD) It provides substantial amount of comparable lexicafroml data  41 languages world-wide, with comprehensive information about the loanword status of each word. Each vocabulary was contributed by an expert of the language and its history. Among many other things, WOLD allows users to compare lexical meanings with respect to the likelihood of being a loanword. [more]

The Intercontinental Dictionary Series

The purpose of the Intercontinental Dictionary series (IDS) is to establish a database where lexical material from languages across the continents is organized in such a way that comparisons can be made. Historical studies, comparative, and theoretical linguistic research can be based on this documentation. This is a long term cooperative project that will go on for the next generation or so and will involve linguists all over the world. [more]


The first aim of this project is to provide an exhaustive list of bibliographical references of descriptive work in linguistics ('Langdoc'). For understudied languages, we aim at having references to everything available on earth, while for better-studied languages, only the most extensive works are included. [more]


Glottopedia is a freely editable encyclopedia for linguists by linguists that is currently being built up. It will contain dictionary articles on all technical terms of linguistics and is multilingual. In addition, there are survey articles, biographical articles and language articles, potentially on all linguists and all languages. [more]

Numeral Systems of the World's Languages


Leipzig Glossing Rules

The Leipzig Glossing Rules have been developed jointly by the Department of Linguistics of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and by the Department of Linguistics of the University of Leipzig. They consist of ten rules for the "syntax" and "semantics" of interlinear glosses, and an appendix with a proposed "lexicon" of abbreviated category labels. [more]

Leipzig Endangered Languages Archive (LELA)

The Leipzig Endangered Languages Archive (LELA) was founded in 2005 to offer digital archiving services for linguistic data collected by members of the greater Leipzig linguistics community. [more]

Phonetics Lab

The Phonetics Lab is located in Room U 0.13. 


The library at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology is actively collecting published descriptions of the world's languages to be able to serve as a research library for both language specialists of less described languages and for comparative linguistic studies. [more]

Ethics Guidelines

The following guidelines are binding on all members of the department. They cover relations between the fieldworker and native speakers of languages under investigation and / or the communities in which those languages are spoken. [more]