The World Atlas of Language Structures Online

Posted on Friday, November 23, 2012

The World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS) is the online version of the renowned book published in 2005 by Oxford University Press. Revised in 2011, the current version offers students and researchers a comprehensive database of structural properties of languages of the world, fully indexed and searchable via interactive tools.


  • Highly informative chapters providing a complete overview of all aspects of language structure: phonology, morphology, nominal categories, nominal syntax, verbal categories, word order, simple clauses, complex sentences, lexicon, sign languages
  • Advanced search functions allowing convenient access to specific data on any language in several ways: alphabetically, by language family, by region, or by country
  • Searchable database of cited references with various export options, ideal for researchers
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