The CorTypo typological database can be searched from various angles, depending on your focus :
  • for a comparison of the internal composition of whole domains (Predication or Reference) across languages, enter LANGUAGES, click on the relevant languages, then on the relevant domain inside each language.
  • if you wish to see in which languages a given function/construction is encoded (e.g. negative existential) enter DOMAINS, click on the relevant domain, and explore the functions, as they have been labelled (language-internally) by the members of the project. If you cannot find a function, you can also search using the entry FUNCTIONS (which gives you more information on the definition and form of the function), or using the entry FUL (which is a kind of "thesaurus", where you can access the functions belonging to the perimeter of a given keyword (e.g. applicative will lead you to the benefactive of Beja, the co-participant applicative of Movima, and the non-human applicative of Wolof))
  • it is possible (from Domains and Languages items) to make your own groupings so as to compare functions according to your criteria. For this, you must REGISTER, you will then be allowed to add keywords for the various functions you wish to see grouped (e.g. 'subject', in order to group all functions involving that grammatical relation, in the languages you wish to compare), so that ultimately the search engine can retrieve, in one click, all the corpus examples illustrating all those functions for you. Please note that those added keywords remain in the database, for other end-users as well.
  • if you wish to explore a single language, enter LANGUAGES.
Other explorations are detailed HERE

Please note that each language has been analyzed language-internally. The typological comparison is your work and choice, as end-user. Each language specialist has provided the relevant information for their language, and the database has been built so as to facilitate typological comparisons, but does not impose comparative categories, or links between functions.

All functions are associated with a spoken corpus in the corresponding language, so that you can access corpus data. This enables the end user to verify and possibly falsify the claims made by the language specialist.

For further questions, you can directly contact the corresponding language specialist