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 ).
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?