A new web interface for the South American Phonological Inventory Database (SAPhon) was publicly launched on September 24, 2012. This website is a public resource intended to support comparative and areal research on South American languages. Developed by Lev Michael, Tammy Stark, and Will Chang, SAPhon provides phonological inventories for over 350 languages, representing over 90% coverage of living South American languages. Search functions available at the SAPhon site for exploring the database include language and language family name browse and map browse functions, as well as a phoneme search tool that allows visitors to locate languages that possess and/or lack particular segments in their phonological inventory. Interested specialists can contribute to the further development of the dataset by contacting the SAPhon team.
September 29, 2012