The Etymological Wordnet project provides information about how words in different languages are etymologically related.
The information is for the most part mined from Wiktionary. The semi-structured data is turned into a machine-readable etymological database that also incorporates some additional manually added etymological relationships.
A very basic interface to (an older version of) the data is provided at lexvo.com. A more advanced browsing interface will be available later.
For academic use, please cite the following publications:
Gerard de Melo.
Etymological Wordnet: Tracing the History of Words PDF BibTeX
In: Proc. LREC 2014. ELRA, 2014, Paris, France.
Gerard de Melo and Gerhard Weikum.
Towards Universal Multilingual Knowledge Bases PDF BibTeX
In: Principles, Construction, and Applications of Multilingual Wordnets. Proceedings of
the 5th Global Wordnet Conference (GWC 2010).
Narosa Publishing 2010, New Delhi India.
Please get in touch with Gerard de Melo, if you would like to contribute to the Etymological WordNet, or if you have additional suggestions or research proposals. There are several ways in which the data could be improved if you have a specific research project in mind.
The Etymological WordNet is just one of several linguistic and lexical-semantic resources that we provide. Please see the Resources section for other resources, including UWN, our large multilingual network of word senses with millions of semantic relationships.