The World Atlas of Language Structures Online

From the page: “WALS is a large database of structural (phonological, grammatical, lexical) properties of languages gathered from descriptive materials (such as reference grammars) by a team of more than 40 authors (many of them the leading authorities on the subject).

WALS consists of 141 maps with accompanying texts on diverse features (such as vowel inventory size, noun-genitive order, passive constructions, and “hand”/”arm” polysemy), each of which is the responsibility of a single author (or team of authors). Each map shows between 120 and 1370 languages, each language being represented by a symbol, and different symbols showing different values of the feature. Altogether 2,650 languages are shown on the maps, and more than 58,000 datapoints give information on features in particular languages. “


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Michel Tcherevkoff. Very creative art 🙂 His shoework can also be seen at:

About Shoe Fleur: “‘The book project Shoe Fleur: A Footwear Fantasy began with a picture of a leaf I had taken for a client,’ says Michel. ‘The leaf was turned upside down and I remember saying out loud to no one in particular, `that leaf looks like a shoe.’ And, after a move here and a twist there, I had created my first shoe fleur, appropriately named La Premire.'”