About

This site is an interface to the database of Eurasian phonological inventories. The database was conceived and implemented by Dmitry Nikolaev (dsnikolaev [at] gmail [dot] com) with contributions from Andrey Nikulin and Anton Kukhto and financial support from Foundation for fundamental studies in linguistics. The database includes inventories and additional data for 416 language varieties of Eurasia, including 388 languages and 28 dialects, with around 150 languages planned for inclusion. The data were gleaned from grammatical descriptions of individual language varieties and reference works on language families. No recycling of existing databases was undertaken.

How to access the data

There are three views of the database: mapview, listview, and segment view. The mapview shows all the languages on the map with colours of the points corresponding to families. The entries on the languages can be accessed by clicking on the markers. The listview shows the languages organised according to their genealogical affiliation and in the alphabetical order. The two-tier description consisting of family (~Indo-European) and group (~Slavic, Germanic) is used. The segment view presents all the segments that can be found in the languages in the database. The distribution of each segment can be accessed by clicking on it.

The family/group reports section provides some info on particular families and groups.

There are three ways to query the database. The exact search returns the distribution of individual phonemes and combinations of phonemes (inluding phoneme gaps) in the covered languages. The fuzzy search finds all variants of a base phoneme and their distribution. The feature search finds inventories displaying a particular combination of IPA features (including feature gaps).

Data dump

The latest version of the database can be downloaded as a JSON-file.

Source code

The database-handling scripts used in this project including IPA parser and tabulator and the source code for this site are on GitHub.

Cite

Nikolaev, Dmitry; Andrey Nikulin; and Anton Kukhto. 2015. The database of Eurasian phonological inventories. (Available online at http://eurasianphonology.info ; accessed on November 20, 2018)

To cite individual language descriptions, give the source provided in the database record followed by In: Nikolaev, Dmitry; Andrey Nikulin; and Anton Kukhto. 2015. The database of Eurasian phonological inventories. (Available online at http://eurasianphonology.info ; accessed on November 20, 2018.)