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Linguistics: Obtaining Background Material

A research guide to finding books, articles, and other resources in Linguistics

Using Reference Books

Use Reference books to:

♦  Obtain background material to help familiarize yourself with your topic

♦  Locate definitions of terms and concepts

♦  Find bibliographies suggesting additional resources on your topic


Reference books are on the first floor of Simpson Library

Don't forget!  If you need assistance, stop at the Information Desk (located to the right as you enter Simpson Library's front door).

Citing Your Sources

While writing research papers, you may need to:

  List your sources in bibliographies or works cited, and

♦  Provide either footnotes or endnotes.

Here is a link to the UMW Libraries' Guide to Citing Resources.

General Reference Books

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences
REFB P 29 .C28 2011
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages
REFB P 140 .C36 2004
Compendium of the World's Languages
REFB P 371 .C36 2000
Concise Encyclopedia of Sociolinguistics
REFB P 40 .C564 2001
The Dictionary of Historical and Comparative Linguistics
REFB P 143 .T727 2000
A Dictionary of Linguistics & Phonetics
REFB P 29 .C65 2003
Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics
REFB P 29 .E48 2006
Encyclopedia of Linguistics
REFB P 29 .E483 2005

Encyclopedia of the World's Endangered Languages
REFB P 40.5 .L332 E45 2007
Ethnologue: Languages of the World
REFB P 371 .E83 2005
The Handbook of Discourse Analysis (in stacks)
P 302 .H344 2001
The Handbook of Language and Gender (in stacks)
P 120 .S48 H36 2003
The Handbook of Sociolinguistics (in stacks)
P 40 .H3426 P40 .H3426 1997
International Encyclopedia of Linguistics
REFB P 29 .I58 2003
Language and Communication
REFB P 29 .F47 1998
Linguistics:  A Guide to the Reference Literature
REFB P 121 .D45 2000
The Linguistics Encyclopedia
REFB P 29 .L52 2002
The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences
REFB BF 311 .M556 1999