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CLARIN is a prototype eHumanities project, which aims to bring together researchers working in computational linguistics. Through building a Virtual Language Observatory (VLO), it is hoped that what they learn by handling complex linguistic fragments and their associated metadata can help pave the way for other projects in the social sciences and humanities that are based on qualitative rather than quantitative data.

In addition to developing some of these much needed tools, CLARIN and the VLO make freely available data covering everything from psycholinguistics – how the brain learns and interprets language – to endangered languages from world regions currently undergoing rapid change, including the Amazon basin. Languages from this one region include those of the indigenous Trumai, Aweti, and Kamayurá peoples, and others.