By manipulating the reliable statistics gathered in the 2000 US Census, the creators of this site were able to extract language and linguistics data. For students, teachers, and anyone interested in learning about the linguistic and cultural composition of the US, the site provides color-coded maps of 33 language groups in the nation, by county or by ZIP code. View the map, or create your own detailed tables. See also: How to use the MLA Language Map.
A comprehensive reference work cataloging all of the world’s known living languages. Entries represent separate languages or probable languages (highly divergent "dialects") according to their best sources. Each entry lists number of speakers, alternate names, language family, where spoken, religion of speakers, etc. Search by virtually any variation of language name or dialect.
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Print sources in the Olin Library reference collection
Find these reference books in the Olin Library Reference Collection, on the first floor. They do not circulate, so will always be available for you to consult.
Authoritative guide to the world's languages and language groups at the end of the twentieth century, for the general reader. Includes statistics and related social, cultural, geographic, and historical details for 400+ languages and language groups. Many language maps and charts; index and references.
Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics
Call Number: Olin Lilbrary Reference
Reviews current knowledge in the fields of linguistics and language studies. Ten volumes, indexes, etc.
Longstanding research project; catalogs all languages known to be in use in the world today. Includes indexes; color language maps; statistical summaries. CUL has online access to the current (19th) edition.