Re: Geographical language data

From: Christopher Fynn (
Date: Sun May 27 2007 - 17:06:37 CDT

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    Eric Muller wrote:

    > I just noticed two products from Global Mapping International: the
    > Seamless Digital Chart of the World Base Map
    > (<>), and the World Language Mapping
    > System (<>). If I understand correctly,
    > the later is essentially a GIS form of the Ethnologue data, and is used
    > to produce the maps in the printed edition of The Ethnologue. I am
    > impressed by the ability to create maps such as those at
    > <>.

    Over ten years ago the Linguasphere project produced some very nice linguistic
    maps which were supposed to be published as an atlas of the world's languages. I
    saw the original maps but don't know if the atlas was ever published - it would
    have been pretty expensive to do so.

    Someone must have the original files - and it would be a whole lot cheaper to
    publish these in digital format than as a printed atlas.

    Linguasphere also had a language classification and code scheme which many
    people preferred to that of SIL

    - Chris

    > I am wondering if anybody has experience with those products, and what
    > kind of setup you use.
    > The kind of application I am interested in is to take data like "Numbers
    >> from 1 to 10 in Over 5000 Languages"
    > <> or CLDR data and put them on
    > maps. I am interested by both static maps and interactive maps (most
    > likely using Flash technology).
    > Thanks,
    > Eric.

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