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Welcome to the Guide for Linguistics!

I hope that you will find this guide a useful starting place for your research in Linguistics. I have assembled a core collection of resources available through the Wayne State University Library System, as well as high quality, freely available web resources. This guide is a collaborative work-in-progress, developed with the suggestions and feedback from students and faculty in Linguistics.

I am available by appointment to assist students and faculty with research related to Linguistics. You may also contact me to schedule research workshops for classes or to suggest items for purchase.

Judith Arnold

Liaison Librarian for Linguistics


New E-books

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Of Grammar, Words, and Verses - Esther Torrego; Carlos Piera
ISBN: 9789027274564
Publication Date: 2012-06-01

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Interpreted languages and compositionality - Marcus Kracht
ISBN: 9789400721081
Publication Date: 2011-01-01

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The Making of Language - Mike Beaken
ISBN: 9781906716448
Publication Date: 2010-01-01

Related Databases

  • Web of Science  
    An international, multidisciplinary database that contains the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, as well as Social Science and Science Citation Indexes.
    Coverage: Arts and Humanities Search (1980 - )
  • PsycINFO  
    Provides extensive coverage of scholarly linguistics articles and some books in the field of psychology. Inculdes citations and brief abstracts.
    (1887 - present)
  • Sociological Abstracts  
    Includes some scholarly articles and books on lingusitics in the area of sociology.
    (1963 - present)
  • ERIC - ProQuest  
    Includes some linguistics information as it pertains to education. Provides citations and abstracts for journals and Eric documents.

Web Resources

  • Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) Resources
    A set of free online resources, including reports, on linguistics and language topics. Some fee-based services here.
    Comprehensive directory of bilingual and multilingual dictionaries on the Internet
  • Linguistics Resources on the Internet
    Provides information on the programs of the Summer Institute for Linguistics, many of the Institute's on-line publications including Ethnologue: languages of the world, Languages of the Americas, SIL Bibliography and SIL electronic Working Papers and Links computer and electronic support systems and other linguistic resources.
  • The Rosetta Project
    The Rosetta Project is a global collaboration of language specialists and native speakers working to build a publicly accessible digital library of human languages.
  • iLoveLanguages
    Brings together information about the languages of the world from dictionaries to language tutorials to spoken samples of languages. One of the best sources on individual languages. Coverage of linguistics is less complete.
  • Linguistics, Natural Language, and Computational Linguistics Meta-Index
    This site provides an extensive list of links to linguistics sites. The brief evaluative comments for each site are valuable.
  • The Modern Language Association Language Map
    The MLA Language Map is intended for use by students, teachers, and anyone interested in learning about the linguistic and cultural composition of the United States.

Recommended Databases

  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts  
    Provides selective access to the world's literature on language and language behavior. Corresponds to the printed index of the same name.Coverage: 1973-present
  • MLA bibliography  
    This electronic version of the MLA International Index is a comprehensive international index covering modern languages and literature. Linguistics coverage includes modern, ancient and extinct languages.
    (1963 - )
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete  
    Communication and Mass Media Complete covers communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study to create a research and reference resource encompassing the breadth of the communication discipline

Online Journals

Specialized Internet Resources

  • Ethnologue
    Use this online reference work to find information about the world's languages.
  • The Linguistlist
    From their website: "The LINGUIST List is dedicated to providing information on language and language analysis, and to providing the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure necessary to function in the digital world. LINGUIST is a free resource, run by linguistics professors and graduate students, and supported primarily by your donations." Currently maintained by Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University.
  • Linguistic Society of America
    Aside from information on the main professional linguistics organization in the U.S., this site provides general information on the profession of linguistics, information on academic linguistics programs, job openings, available grants, and publications/resources with which the society is involved.
  • Glossary of Linguistics Terms
    This is a glossary of terms used in the morphological, syntactic, and pragmatic analysis of text. It does not necessarily include terms specific to particular theoretical models (e.g. tagmeme).
  • Virtual Linguistics Campus (VLC)
    Linguistics Online is your virtual linguistics campus. (Includes fee based services)
  • Links & Papers on Pragmatics
    Provides a list of places on the web to visit for information about pragmatics.
  • Finding Software on ScriptSource
    The SIL IPA Fonts are scalable outline fonts for both Macintosh and Windows systems. They contain every base character, diacritic, and suprasegmental mark currently prescribed by the International Phonetic Association.
  • Web of Morphology
    "This page contains links with works on the morphology of various languages around the globe. The links are selected both for their theoretical significance and the empirical data that they contain. However, most are very useful tools for language-learning. "

Liaison Librarian

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Departmental Information

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Linguistics Program 
5057 Woodward  Suite 10303.1
Detroit, MI 48202
ph: (313) 577-8642
fax: (313) 577-0404
contact: Brendon Zatirka, Assistant to the Director

About the Department

Linguistics is devoted to the scientific study of language structure and use. The Linguistics Program at Wayne State offers an interdisciplinary approach to this field, permitting students to explore a wide range of topics and issues in language research.



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    Specialized Encyclopedias

    • Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education
      Provides information on bilingual education and related topics. Discusses how this topic affects schools, research centers, legislative bodies, advocacy organizations, and families. Explores the subject from multiple perspectives: its history, policy, classroom practice, instructional design, and research bases.
    • Encyclopedia of Language & Education
      Covers numerous subjects in the field of language and education. Each volume deals with a single substantial subject and includes topical reviews, written by one or more experts in the topic.

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