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FYI: Glottopedia (www.glottopedia.org)

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  • Timur A. Maisak
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    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 26, 2007
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      Интересная новость о создании специализированного энциклопедического
      лингвистического онлайн-ресурса, аналогичного Википедии. (Напоминаю также,
      что Проект:Лингвистика в русской Википедии можно найти по адресу:
      http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/ВП:П:ЛИ.)

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Martin Haspelmath" <haspelmath@...>
      To: <LINGTYP@...>
      Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 10:50 AM
      Subject: announcing Glottopedia (www.glottopedia.org)


      Dear LINGTYP readers,

      In recent years, Wikipedia has become a tremendous free resource on the
      web, and it seems to us, that linguists also need such a comprehensive
      free reference work. So some of us have set up a "linguist's Wikipedia",
      called "Glottopedia" (see http://www.glottopedia.org).

      Glottopedia differs from Wikipedia in that (i) its content is much more
      specialized (e.g. you'll be able to find articles on "applicative",
      "gapping", "subcomparative construction", "rich agreement", "loan
      translation", "adfix"), and (ii) users must have an account to edit
      articles, and they must be linguists with an academic background.

      Moreover, Glottopedia focuses on *dictionary articles* rather than
      survey articles of the sort that are found in Wikipedia (and various
      specialized linguistics handbooks). But each dictionary article
      (protentially) provides more information than just a definition: It also
      gives examples, synonyms, other meanings of the term, the origin of the
      term, some key references, and a translation into other languages
      (Glottopedia is a multilingual enterprise; so far there are articles in
      English and German, but it is hoped that more languages will follow soon).

      Glottopedia also has articles on linguists, but unlike Wikipedia, which
      aims to restrict its articles to "notable people", Glottopedia
      potentially has articles on all linguists. (However, Glottopedia's
      articles on living linguists are restricted to links, in order to avoid
      problems of personality rights.)

      Eventually we also want to add articles about all languages and language
      families (with detailed references), and articles about things that we
      need for our everyday work (such as journals, conferences,
      institutions), but at the moment this is mainly an idea for the future.

      We feel that Glottopedia is a resource that the field of linguistics
      really needs, and we hope that you will all contribute to it. Some of us
      have taught courses in which the assignment to the students was writing
      dictionary articles on some technical terms. We think that especially
      advanced students, who do not have easy access to other forms of
      publications, will find that Glottopedia gives them a great chance to
      make a contribution to the field.

      Martin Haspelmath, Sven Naumann, and G?tz Burger

      --
      Martin Haspelmath (haspelmath@...)
      Max-Planck-Institut fuer evolutionaere Anthropologie, Deutscher Platz 6
      D-04103 Leipzig
      Tel. (MPI) +49-341-3550 307, (priv.) +49-341-980 1616
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