MultiTree availability (Was: Ietf-languages Digest, Vol 74, Issue 1

Anthony Aristar aristar at
Sun Mar 1 21:40:45 CET 2009

As yet, there is no way to download the whole database,  This is 
something we intend to do, but since the project is not complete, it is 
still ahead of us.  The codes, I should point out, were never intended 
for general consumption:  just for our local use.  But since no complete 
set of codes for subgroups and dialects existed, we had to invent them.  
You *can* download an individual tree in XML, however.

As for the software MultiTree uses:  this software is very common 
indeed:  you just need to have ordinary old Java installed on your local 
machine.  Java is essential, since we needed to push the processing 
downstream, so to speak.  Processing trees is very memory-intensive, and 
to do all of it on our server would soon bring it to its knees.

Stephane Bortzmeyer wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 09:51:15AM -0500,
>  Anthony Aristar <aristar at> wrote 
>  a message of 139 lines which said:
>> we are using well over 2200 subgrouping codes in our MultiTree 
>> project
> Where can MultiTree be downloaded? Checking
> <>, it seems it can only be browsed
> online (and with difficulties since it requires uncommon software).

Anthony Aristar, Director, Institute for Language & Information Technology
  Professor of Linguistics            Moderator, LINGUIST Linguistics Program
Dept. of English                       aristar at
Eastern Michigan University            2000 Huron River Dr, Suite 104
Ypsilanti, MI 48197


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