Public database of standardized linguistic features

Is it true that many languages in the world use words similar to “mama” and “papa” for “mother” and “father”? If a language uses only one word for both “arm” and “hand,” does it also use only one word for both “leg” and “foot”? How do languages manage to use a relatively small number of words to express so many concepts? An interdisciplinary team of linguists, computational scientists and psychologists has created a large public database to study these and many other questions with the help of computational methods.

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