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Welcome to Glottopedia, the free encyclopedia of linguistics.

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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 und language articles, potentially on all linguists and all languages.

Glottopedia also exists in German, and in the future hopefully also in Italian, Spanish, French, Russian, Swedish, Chinese, and Japanese.

Glottopedia needs your contribution!

Glottopedia Team

Editors-in-Chief: Martin Haspelmath, Sven Naumann

Technical Editors: Götz Burger, Hans-Jörg Bibiko

Scientific Advisory Council: Gabriel Altmann, Pier Marco Bertinetto, Greville G. Corbett, Östen Dahl, Martin Haase, Reinhard Köhler, John McWhorter, Jürgen Wedekind

Sample dictionary articles


(see also Portal:Syntax)

alliterative agreement, applicative, apposition, argument structure, attribute, case, complement, contact clause, dative transformation, dependency grammar, ellipsis, ergativity, full verb, gapping, infinitive, noun, part of speech, phrase structure grammar, pied piping, pro, PRO, rich agreement, subject, subordinator, subcomparative construction, X-bar theory, Θ-role


(see also Portal:Morphology)

accusative case, adfix, affix, allocutive, base, category-system, dimension, Distributed Morphology, flag, infinitive, lexeme, morpheme, morphosyntactic category, prefix, simplex, supine, suspended affixation, syncretism

Phonetics and Phonology

(see also Portal:Phonetics and phonology)

apocope, apicodental, appendix (in syllable structure), approximant, breathy voice, coda, compensatory lengthening, Contrastive Specification Theory, dactyl, declarative phonology, degenerate foot, dependency phonology, extrametricality, labiodental, laryngeal, lateral, liquid, metrical phonology, minimal word constraint, prependix, stop, stress, stress-timed and syllable-timed, velarization


(see also Portal:Semantics)

ambiguity, agent, antonym, aspect, commissive, connotation, de dicto and de re, denotation, directive, face, hedge, holonym, hyperonym, hyponym, idiom, illocution, implicature, indirect speech act, meaning, Natural Semantic Metalanguage, performative verb, perlocutionary act, proposition, protasis, semantic marker, semantic role, sense, specificity, speech act, vagueness

Computational Linguistics

(see also Portal:Computational Linguistics)

Brill-Tagger, feature logic, finite-state automata, GPSG, HPSG, ID/LP-Syntax, KWIC concordance, parser, shallow parsing, subsumption, tagger, Two-Level Morphology, unification, unification-based grammars

Quantitative Linguistics

(see also Portal:Quantitative Linguistics)

property, unit, entropy, frequency, function, law, graph theory, hypothesis, index, information, information theory, numeric classification, length, measure, metrics, model (building), economy, process, scale, language law, statistics, structure, synergetic linguistics, system, system requirement, text, text statistics, theory, distribution, repetition, properties of the word, interrelation

Sample biographical articles

(see also: Portal:Biography)

Karl Ferdinand Becker ·Johannes Benzing · Simon C. Dik ·Dionysius Thrax · Stefan Elders · H. Allan Gleason Jr. · Einar Haugen · Marco Haverkort · Karl Erich Heidolph · Georg Friedrich Meier · Harry L. Shorto · John Sinclair ·Sergej A. Starostin ·Jost Winteler

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