Peter Bouda


Skype: peter.bouda

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Short Bio

Peter Bouda finished his M.A. in 2007 at the Institute of General Linguistics and Language Typology at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich. He then worked as a software developer for Linguatec Language Technologies in Munich and later as a freelancer in software development for mobile phones. Peter is a co-founder of CIDLeS. He is also a researcher at the University of Marburg, within the project Quantitative Historical Linguistics. The project aims to uncover and clarify phylogenetic relationships between native South American languages using quantitative methods. The two main objectives of the projects are digitalization of the lexical resources on native South American languages and development of new and innovative computer-assisted methods to quantitatively analyze this information.

Peter is a big fan of LEGO® and won the Codebits Coding Competition in Lisbon in 2011 with a project called "LEGO® Coding", where he used Lego bricks as commands in a physical programming language. He occasionally acts as a judge at the FIRST® LEGO® League Portugal.

Current Work at CIDLeS

Peter is the head of the CIDLeS Media Lab. He is responsible for the development of the libraries graf-python, Poio API and the software packages Poio and WordByWord. He represents our research center in the Working Group 3: Linguistic Fieldwork, Anthropology, Language Typology of the CLARIN framework programme.



Blumtritt, Jonathan and Bouda, Peter and Rau, Felix. 2013. Poio API and GraF-XML: A radical stand-off approach in language documentation and language typology. In: Proceedings of Balisage: The Markup Conference 2013 (URL:


Bouda, Peter. 2012. PyQt und PySide - GUI- und Anwendungsentwicklung mit Python und Qt. Open Source Press: Munich.

Bouda, Peter and Ferreira, Vera and Lopes, António. 2012. Poio API – An Annotation Framework to bridge Language Documentation and Natural Language Processing. In: Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Annotation of Corpora for Research in Humanities. Lisbon.

Bouda, Peter and Cysouw, Michael. 2012. Treating Dictionaries as a Linked-Data Corpus, In: Linked Data in Linguistics, 1, 15-23.

Bouda, Peter and Helmbrecht, Johannes 2012. From corpus to grammar: how DOBES corpora can be exploited for descriptive linguistics. In: Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication No. 4: Electronic Grammatography, Honululu, Hawai‘i: Department of Linguistics, UHM.


Bouda, Peter. 2011. Language documentation corpora in descriptive linguistics. In: Actas del III Congreso Internacional de Lingüística de Corpus. Universitat Politècnica de València.


Ferreira, Vera and Bouda, Peter. 2009. Minderico: an endangered language in Portugal. In: Austin, Peter K. / Bond, Oliver / Charette, Monik / Nathan, David / Sells, Peter (eds.). Proceedings of Conference on Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 2. London: SOAS, 95-106.

Bouda, Peter. 2009. Das Akkusativ-Ergativ-Kontinuum im Tschetschenischen. In: Munich Working Papers in Cognitive Typology 5, Munich: MWPCT, 2009