Archive for the ‘Updates’ Category

Location for Mehri updated

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

The geo-coordinates for Mehri have been corrected – since Mehri is spoken mostly in Yemen, it should be located there. Find the details here. We also added Oman tou the countries where Mehri is spoken.

Map for Chapter 141

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Today, we got a step further in filling the gap between WALS Online and the printed edition of 2005. We incorporated data to be able to provide a map for Chapter 141 “Writing Systems”.

This can be considered a big step, since it means we can now show additional data for features provided as ground overlay. On the other hand it is only a first step, because there is not yet a mechanism to make this data available for combined features.

So chapter 141 is still a special case, as it is not available for combination, or even for advanced map configuration like choosing marker icons. But we’ll keep on working.

Location for Zapotec (Isthmus) updated

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

The geo-coordinates for Zapotec (Isthmus) have been corrected. Find the details here.

Corrections for genealogical data

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

The following changes of the genealogical data in WALS Online have just been put online:

  1. The genus Eastern Saharan has been renamed to Western Saharan.
  2. The genus Lule-Vilela has been renamed to Lule.
  3. The family Sko has been renamed to Skou and it’s genealogy rearranged:
    • The languages formerly listed under genus Eastern Sko are now listed as languages of the Serra Hills genus (Poko-Rawo, Womo).
    • The languages formerly listed under genus Serra Hills are now listed as languages of genus Western Skou (Dumo, Skou).
    • There is no genus “Eastern Sko(u)” anymore.
    • The language Sko has been renamed to Skou.

The URLs for the superseded genus and family names should redirect properly to the new ones.

Location of Malacca Creole corrected

Friday, July 4th, 2008

The location for Malacca Creole has been corrected. Find the details here.

Updates to some language locations

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Our editorial policy for WALS Online distinguishes between two kinds of errata.

  1. Errata in what we consider the original contribution of WALS, i.e. feature values assigned to languages;
  2. Errata in the additional data we present, like bibliographic references, locations of languages, genealogical data, etc.

While errata of the first kind will be collected until a new edition of WALS Online is published (planned every year), errata of the second kind will be fixed right away. We will document these changes in this blog.

Last week we updated the locations of five languages: Cheyenne, Kamaiurá, Shambala, Trumai and Waurá. Find the details here.