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Linguistics: Getting Started

General research sources for Linguistics

Key Reference Works

  • International Encyclopedia of Linguistics
    Encompasses the full range of topics in linguistics, including such areas as historical, comparative, formal, mathematical, functional, philosophical, and sociolinguistics.
  • Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language
    A collection of concise and readable essays on the many subfields of linguistics, and covers both theoretical and applied approaches to the subject.
  • Encyclopedic Dictionary of Language and Languages
    Defines hundreds of terms connected with language. Includes the names of languages, language groups, or countries; topics such as writing systems, punctuation, and poetics; and terms from phonetics, language typology, transformational grammar, and neurolinguistics.
  • Compendium of the World's Languages
    A general survey covering a wide spectrum of the world's languages and shows how each language has its own characteristic profile, and illustraties how it works.
  • Transparent Language Online   Featuring a scientifically-proven methodology, the widest variety of high-quality learning material, and seamless integration of real-life language use by native speakers - all packaged together in an easy-to-use interface - Transparent Language Online is simply the most complete language-learning solution available anywhere. And with over 80 languages to choose from, there is something for every language learner.
  • The World Atlas of Language Structures
    Contains full-color maps and in-depth discussions of each map's content by a specialist in the field. The maps present more than 58,000 data points and more than 200 languages.


  • Concise Languages of the World
    Comprehensive electronic resource for 370 of the world's major languages, language families and classification systems and disputes.
  • Handbook of English Linguistics
    Covers all methodological issues, syntax, phonetics and phonology, lexis and morphology, and variation, discourse, stylistics, and usage.
  • Companion to Linguistic Anthropology
    Summarizes past and contemporary research and includes bibliography of over 2000 entries designed as a guide to the literature of linguistic anthropology.

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