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Paul:
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The World Atlas of Language Structures is now available for free  
online, in a nifty Google Maps powered form.

http://www.wals.info/

I cannot succinctly explain it, except to place it at least on the  
same level as STARLING, IEIOL, indo-european.nl, and the Rosetta  
Project on my list of awesome linguistics resources.
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I was introduced to this by one of the authors, who was a
professor of mine while I was at UCSD, Masha Polinsky:

http://wals.info/author

It should be noted that the work collected is dependent entirely
on the level of research of the contributors--and one of the
things that I remember about Masha's contributions is that she
has a...unique idea about what constitutes an antipassive
construction (apparently English has them).

-David
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"sunly eleSkarez ygralleryf ydZZixelje je ox2mejze."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison

http://dedalvs.free.fr/