Day: March 4, 2013

Green Thumbs at LINGUIST List: MultiTree Keeps on Growing!

The MultiTree team has been at it again! They have been planting, shaping, and pruning 21 trees this semester. Not just any type of tree: language trees.

The goal of the MultiTree project is to provide a freely-accessible online library of trees representing language relationships that have been proposed scholars. The team takes these theories and digitizes them to create a visual representation. What is great about this digitization project is that it allows you to interact with each tree and watch as each hyperbolic tree moves and adjusts according to which language you would like to view. Since last fall, the team has completed trees representing 21 language family hypotheses and has also updated 160 language codes. All of these improvements have helped to make the MultiTree project grow and bloom with each passing month.

If you are interested in seeing some of the trees that the MultiTree team has created recently, you can view them at the links below. Please note that we do not interpret or analyze each language hypothesis; we simply create a digital representation of each hypothesis according to its author. (And stay tuned for some companion maps to be released by the LL-MAP project soon!)

Sorbische Dialekten, subtree of Indo-European: Faßke, Jentsch, Michalk & Mětšk 1965 

Austronesian: Murdock 1964

Mayan: Gatschet 1895, according to Campbell 1973

Mayan:  Campbell & Kaufman 1985 

Mon-Khmer, sub-tree of Austro-Asiatic: Thomas 1973 

Pwo Karen dialects, sub-tree of Sino-Tibean: Philips 1996