Max Planck Institute
for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Linguistics

Typological tools for field linguistics


The Lingua Descriptive Studies Questionnaire

A questionnaire primarily aimed designed for grammar-writing, but with useful structural questions that should be addressed in the field; the Lingua Questionnaire underlies the North Holland/Croom Helm/Routledge Descriptive grammar series). This questionnaire provides the basic questions for the description of many of the constructions found in human language. A large number of grammars have been written based on the questionnaire. These constitute excellent models for users of the questionnaire.

The questionnaire

Developed by
Bernard Comrie & Norval Smith, 1977