Systems and Means of Informatics
2015, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 198-212
INFORMATION RESOURCES FOR CONTRASTIVE STUDIES:
This article presents information resources used in contrastive linguistic studies and their principle features. There are two main types of such
information resources: typological databases and electronic text corpora. The
attention is focused on typological databases, which can be subdivided into general-purpose typological databases and specialized typological databases.
General-purpose typological databases act as repositories of a wide range of data
on a wide variety of languages. They may be utilized as reference resources
and may also be helpful while dealing with language classification problems.
Specialized typological databases are used for closer investigation of specific
language phenomena in restricted sets of languages. They supply detailed models
of such phenomena and include examples to illustrate their functioning in the
considered languages. The paper also looks into problems related to development
of typological databases and to integration of data fromheterogeneous typological
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