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Online Language Reference
Endangered Languages Project (ELCat)
Access the most up to date and comprehensive information on endangered languages, samples provided by partners, and play an active role in putting languages online.
An encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world’s 6,909 known living languages.
Comprehensive reference information for the world's languages, especially the lesser known languages.
The Intercontinental Dictionary Series
Database enabling cross-linguistic lexical comparison for historical and comparative studies and theoretical linguistic research
OLAC Language Resource Catalog
Online catalog of Open Language Archives Community (OLAC), an international partnership devoted to creating a worldwide virtual library of language resources.
Repository of cross-linguistic phonological inventory data compiled into a single searchable convenience sample. Includes phoneme inventories and distinctive feature data for every phoneme in every language.
World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS) Online
Database of structural properties of languages gathered from descriptive materials in linguistics. Includes references for linguistic aspects of each language treated. Published online by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.