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Just in case you haven't already seen it, you should go check out WALS Online:

The data and the texts from The World Atlas of Language Structures, published as a book with CD-ROM in 2005 by Oxford University Press, are now freely available online.

WALS Online is a joint project of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the Max Planck Digital Library . It is a separate publication, edited by Martin Haspelmath, Matthew S. Dryer, David Gil and Bernard Comrie (Munich: Max Planck Digital Library, 2008).


  1. Kerim Friedman said,

    April 30, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

    Fantastic resource, thanks. I think its worth pointing out that while the maps on the WALS website are small and difficult to use, they offer the data as a KML file which can be downloaded and used with Google Earth.

  2. D Jagannathan said,

    April 30, 2008 @ 10:58 pm

    While the maps are of course the big draw, the typological essays that frame the maps by providing context and explanations are probably the most helpful part of the atlas for me. I notice happily that this "chapter text" is more prominent in the online than the offline version.

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