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Glottopedia is a comprehensive web-based free-content encyclopedia of linguistics that any linguist can contribute to. It is modeled on Wikipedia, a general-knowledge encyclopedia for nonspecialist readers. Each registered user may create new articles or modify existing ones. But there are three important differences:

  • Authors of Glottopedia articles should be trained linguists or students with a profound linguistic background.
  • For this reason, authors have to create an account with their real names and log in before working on an article; in contrast to Wikipedia, anonymous editing is not allowed (in this regard, Glottopedia works like Citizendium).
  • Articles in Glottopedia don't have to be intelligible to all. Some of them will refer to highly specialized phenomena and concepts, which will be relevant for only a small number of specialists.

Six kinds of articles

Copyright and Licence Information

Glottopedia content is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 licence. This means that users are free:

  • to Share -- to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work
  • to Remix -- to make derivative works

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor.
  • Share Alike. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under a license identical to this one.

For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. Any of these conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.

Glottopedia exclusively aims at facilitating scientific exchange and has no commercial interests. If you notice any copyright violation in the articles, please alert us immediately by Email so that we can act right away. Do not copy entire passages, images or other copyrighted material into a Glottopedia article. If information is taken from copyrighted works, an indication of the source in the article is required. Please be aware that a violation of these rules can put the entire project in danger.

Fore more information on copyright issues in Glottopedia, see Glottopedia:Copyright.

History of Glottopedia

Glottopedia was started on 27 May 2007. It arose as a merger of two earlier projects with very similar goals, WikiLingua at the University of Trier (created in 2005), and Linguipedia at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (created in 2006). Now that Glottopedia has been officially launched, these two earlier projects are no longer alive.

Contributing projects

The following online dictionaries of linguistic terminology will soon be copied into Glottopedia, as part of an agreement with the authors:

Large parts of the following dictionaries have already been integrated, as part of an agreement with the authors:

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