How to do research in Linguistics
Library resources for researchers working on phonetics, syntax, morphology, semantics, historical linguistics
START WITH GOOD KEYWORDS
Add keywords like these to your search:
- language and languages
- neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, etc.
UPGRADE YOUR SEARCH: KEY DATABASES
The best tool for your project may be a specialized search engine, also known as a database. These databases are subject-specific or format-specific search tools:
ASL-Lex - A database of lexical and phonological properties of American Sign Language signs.
TalkBank – Contains data collected by hundreds of researchers in order to foster fundamental research in the study of human communication with an emphasis on spoken communication.
Linguistics and language behavior abstracts (LLBA) (via HarvardKey) - The main database for scholarship in linguistics. International in scope. Covers phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics as well as descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical, and geographical linguistics.
Indo-European Linguistics is an excellent guide to print and electronic resources for the study of Indo-European linguistics.
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Jess Cohen-Tanugi, the library liaison to Linguistics, is available to support researchers via email or in-person consultation.
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