Linguistic Bibliography Online

Linguistic Bibliography Online contains over 770,000 detailed bibliographical descriptions of linguistic publications on general and applied linguistics. About 150,000 descriptions (of works published before 1993) are available in free access, and about 575,000 descriptions (of works published from 1993 on) are available in the premium edition. The bibliography aims to cover all languages of the world, paying particular attention to publications on endangered and lesser-studied languages. Bibliographical references of publications in any language are collected, analyzed, and annotated by a team of linguists and bibliographers from around the world. With a tradition of over seventy years, and with about 2,000 new references added every month, the Linguistic Bibliography Online remains the most comprehensive and up-to-date bibliography for every scholar and student of linguistics. Linguistic Bibliography Online includes all bibliographical references of the printed yearbooks since 1982, as well as additional materials which are exclusive to the online version, such as references to online resources. Annual print volumes of Linguistic Bibliography are also published.

NEW: In 2023 Brill relaunched Linguistic Bibliography Online on its new dedicated bibliographies platform in the so-called ‘freemium’ model. References from retro-digitized volumes from before 1993 are gradually being added and made available in free access. References for publications published from 1982 on are available for subscribers of the premium edition.

Key Features
  • Compiled, analyzed, and annotated by an international team of specialists
  • Contains over 770,000 bibliographical references
  • 2,000 new references added monthly, plus retro-digitized references made freely accessible
  • References contain links to full-text and library services when available
  • DOI links and abstracts increasingly available
  • References to publications written in more than 150 different languages (translations and transliterations provided wherever necessary)
  • Simple, full-text, and advanced search options
  • Over 1,000 subject keywords and 4,000 language keywords (available in data from 2004 onwards)
  • Save, print, and email functions available
  • Citations are exportable in various formats

    Subjects included in Linguistic Bibliography:
  • All languages and language families
  • Theoretical linguistics
  • Biographical data on linguists (e.g. biographies, obituaries)

    Publication forms included in Linguistic Bibliography:
  • Books: monographs and edited volumes incl. Festschriften and conference proceedings
  • Articles from journals incl. e-journals and open access
  • Chapters from edited volumes
  • Short research notes and squibs
  • Reviews and review articles
  • Bibliographies
  • PhD dissertations
  • Textbooks and handbooks catered to students
  • Online resources
  • Obituaries
  • Dictionaries on lesser studied languages
  • Primary sources and language documentation, especially of lesser studied languages, e.g. corpora, vocabularies
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    Compiled and edited by Anne Aarssen, René Genis and Eline van der Veken

    Advisory Board:
    Willem Adelaar (Leiden University)
    Peter Austin (SOAS/ELAP)
    Bernard Comrie (MPI/EVA and the University of California Santa Barbara)
    William Croft (University of New Mexico)
    Mark Janse (Ghent University)
    Christian Lehmann (University of Erfurt)
    Linguists studying any aspect of general linguistics, individual languages or language families. Scholars and institutions who like to keep abreast of publications in the field of endangered languages and minority languages.
    "The Permanent International Committee of Linguists and publisher Brill deserve our wholehearted praise for continuing and enhancing this splendid annual - essential for university libraries either in print or online - and for the welcome developments to the online service. Bravo!" – H.G.A. Hughes, Corwen, UK, in: Reference Reviews, 23/7 (2009)

    On the print edition:
    "The BL/LB is, since its start, a bibliography covering the entire, continuously extending and diversifying field of the language sciences, with reference to all known language families and languages, past and present. As such it is a unique and indispensable reference tool for linguists, and a research instrument that belongs in any respectable linguistics library." – Pierre Swiggers, in: Historiographia Linguistica, 43/3 (2016)
    "The merits of the Linguistic Bibliography cannot be underestimated since its reliability and precision and the ample information it provides are unsurpassed." – E.F.K. Koerner, in: Historiographia Linguistica, 34/2-3 (2007)

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