Open Text Collections

The DFG funded project Open Text Collections at the BBAW


Next to grammars and dictionaries, text collections are one of the three elements of the Boasian trilogy of language description. The platform Open Text Collections will host a selection of the best text collections. Texts will undergo peer review in the regional boards (currently Africa, South America, Mexico and Central America, Eurasia, Caucasus, Papunesia). Accepted text collections will be available in HTML, PDF and print-on-demand books. Additionally, a data dump of the entirety of collections will be available.

We will produce at least 10 text collections during the funding period, but hope to be able to deliver many more.


The following map shows the languages where people are currently preparing text collections for submission. Colors will be used to show the progress of the collections as they being reviewed, accepted, and published.

worldmap with language dots

Funding and support

The project is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) from 2023-2026 and will thereafter be funded by a consortium of research institutions similar to Language Science Press. The project is based at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities).

Project team

Sebastian Nordhoff, Christian Döhler, Mandana Seyfeddinipur


Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), Jägerstrasse 22/23, D-10117 Berlin, email: