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Linguistics and Language: A Research Guide: Guides

This is an extensive, annotated list of the print and online resources available for research in linguistics. Click on the TABS to access each Section in this guide.


Dalby, Andrew. A Guide to World Language Dictionaries. London: Library Association Publishing, 1998.
(Olin Reference Z 7004 .D5 D34x 1998)
Each entry cites historical dictionaries, the modern standard dictionary titles, dictionaries of older forms of the language, regional dictionaries, slang dictionaries, and dictionaries of foreign words imported into the language.


DeMiller, Anna L. Linguistics: A Guide to the Reference Literature. 2nd ed. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2000.
(Olin Reference Z 7001 .D45x 2000)
Contemporary linguistics is not one unified discipline; it is more accurate to view it as consisting of a nucleus of general areas surrounded by a growing number of interdisciplinary research fields, approaches, and applications. Thus it is no easy task to compile a guide that surveys the sources for a conglomerate of overlapping fields. DeMiller shows that it can be done successfully and professionally. Her work annotates over 700 reference sources, published mostly from 1957 to 1989, that are neatly organized and discussed in 31 chapters clustered into three parts: general linguistics, allied areas, and languages. Part 2 focuses on interdisciplinary areas and applications. Three thorough indexes (author, title, and subject) complement the work.


Pullum, Geoffrey K., and William A. Ladusaw. Phonetic Symbol Guide. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.
(Olin Reference P 221 .P85x 1996)
Anyone needing to find the meaning of an unfamiliar phonetic symbol will find this book very useful. Entries for characters are arranged dictionary-style according to the shape of the symbol. Cross references are inserted at points where there might be confusion. A section with forty-nine diacritic entries follows the character entries. Major entries for symbols recommended by the International Phonetic Association (IPA) as well as for those used in current American Transcriptional practice. Each major entry begins with a large, clear picture of the symbol along with its standard name, or a descriptive name made up by the authors. Other information that might be included is IPA usage, American usage, other uses, comments about what the symbol stands for.