LINGUIST List 29.3039

Mon Jul 30 2018

Software: New Database of Cross-Linguistic Colexifications

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Date: 23-Jul-2018
From: Johann-Mattis List <>
Subject: New Database of Cross-Linguistic Colexifications
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We proudly announce the official launch of CLICS² (, an online database of synchronic lexical associations (''colexifications'') in currently 1220 language varieties of the world, which supersedes the former CLICS ( database.

Large databases offering lexical information on the world's languages are already readily available for research in different online sources. However, the information on tendencies of meaning associations they enshrine is not easily extractable from these sources themselves. This is why CLICS was created. It is designed to serve as a data source for work in lexical typology, diachronic semantics, and research in cognitive science that focuses on natural language semantics from the viewpoint of cross-linguistic diversity. Furthermore, CLICS can be used as a helpful tool to assess the plausibility of semantic connections between possible cognates in the establishment of genetic relations between languages.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Computational Linguistics
                            General Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics

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