❔ Who manages the Leipzig Glossing Rules? ❔

Ah, the Leipzig Glossing Rules.

A soft spring breeze on in a fragrant meadow full of flowers and fluffy bunnies.


I love me some Leipzig Glossing Rules.

The best piece of standardization in our field in a long time, and one great big whopping success as far as I can tell (except for the odious Rule 2A, which should be burnt at the nearest stake :fire:).

Me? Exaggerate??

But I’m wondering… who “runs” the Leipzig Glossing Rules now? The “canonical” reference to the rules is here:


They contain this note:

Leipzig, last change: May 31, 2015
Further updates will be managed by the Committee of Editors of Linguistics Journals.

I’m assuming this is the committee they’re referring to:


But there is no mention of the rules on the site, nor in the 2016 minutes (apparently the most recent meeting?).

I see that Christiann Lehmann and Bill Croft (pssst, @meaganvigus) are mentioned as the references for the rules, but it’s not clear to me that they were directly involved in their specification.

I think there’s an opportunity to talk about the Leipzig Glossing Rules “mean” in a digital context. They clearly got a lot of the semantics right, because everyone seems to be okay with using them. But while they are very effective at cramming a bunch of information into a small space, I don’t think we’re seeing much in the way of interfaces that actually allow us to filter documentation based on the information encoded in the glosses… which is what we want, right?

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That is the correct committee, I think celxj still exists in a much more lowkey form these days, I’m not sure what it would actually take to motivate changes to the LGR.


Thanks @laureng. I think part of me is just worried that they could stagnate. I feel like they are one of the most important notations in the field. What we need is more education about them, maybe some sort of online tutorial or something. It’s surprisingly hard to find guidance material about glossing, say, for the average undergrad.