The CRCL Munda Languages Project collects and creates research and
reference resources for the Munda branch of the Austroasiatic language family.
The smaller subgroup of the Austroasiatic stock (Mon-Khmer is the other), the 23-odd
Munda languages are of great antiquity and linguistic interest.
Focal points of the project are:
the Munda languages database, which preserves and freely distributes language reference materials, including phonetic transcription, glosses, and citations.
the Munda etymological dictionary, which provides an on-line hierarchical reference that puts the data in context.
The Munda project reuses the legacy software infrastructure we developed for the Mon-Khmer Languages Project (CRCL / NEH 2007-2011). In due course all data will be migrated to a planned Asia-Pacific Linguistic Data Warehouse, which will provide additional functionality.
Map: Gregory Anderson 'The Munda Verb: Typological Perspectives' (p. 7). 2007 Mouton de Gruyter website
This project owes a great debt to the Munda Lexical Archive (Donegan & Stampe 2004) of the University of Hawai'i. The MLA makes a considerable collection of lexicons and comparative work available, including material from the University of Chicago Munda Languages Project (Zide 1962-1965). Still incomplete, Stampe and Donegan invested a tremendous amount of effort in digitizing and merging standalone works, and identifying and cross-referencing all morphemes. (Note that another Munda Languages Project is underway at the Living Tongues Institute, with a particular focus on "talking dictionaries" for Remo (Bonda), Ho, and Sora.)
CRCL is very pleased to collaborate with Paul Sidwell and the ANU on the Proto-Austroasiatic Lexicon Project, and gratefully acknowledges ARC-funded support of the project (Sidwell / ARC 2012-2016). The project will result in complete reconstructions for proto-Austroasiatic as well as all branches and sub-branches (Sidwell), and an AA languages website with gold-standard comparative datasets (CRCL).