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A Bibliography of South African Languages, 2008-2017

With an Introduction by Menán du Plessis

Edited by Anne Aarssen, René Genis and Eline van der Veken

This concise bibliography on South-African Languages and Linguistics was compiled on the occasion of the 20th International Congress of Linguists in Cape Town, South Africa, July 2018. The selection of titles is drawn from the Linguistic Bibliography and gives an overview of scholarship on South African language studies over the past 10 years. The introduction written by Menán du Plessis (Stellenbosch University) discusses the most recent developments in the field.
The Linguistic Bibliography is compiled under the editorial management of Eline van der Veken, René Genis and Anne Aarssen in Leiden, The Netherlands.
Linguistic Bibliography Online is the most comprehensive bibliography for scholarship on languages and theoretical linguistics available. Updated monthly with a total of more than 20,000 records annually, it enables users to trace recent publications and provides overviews of older material.
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The e-book version of this bibliography is available in Open Access.
Linguistic Bibliography Online contains over 440,000 detailed bibliographical descriptions of linguistic publications on general and language-specific theoretical linguistics. While the bibliography aims to cover all languages of the world, particular attention is given to the inclusion of publications on endangered and lesser-studied languages. Publications in any language are collected, analyzed and annotated (using a state-of-the-art system of subject and language keywords) by an international team of linguists and bibliographers from all over the world. With a tradition of over sixty-five years, and over 20,000 references added annually, the Linguistic Bibliography remains the most comprehensive bibliography for every scholar and student of linguistics.

Linguistic Bibliography Online includes all bibliographical references of the printed yearbooks 1993-present, as well as additional materials which are exclusive to the online version (e.g. online resources). New bibliographical descriptions on the latest linguistic publications are added to the online database on a monthly basis. Annual volumes of the Linguistic Bibliography continue to be published in print.

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• Contains over 440,000 bibliographical references
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• Monthly updates with ± 20,000 new references added per year
• Compiled, analyzed, and annotated by an international team of specialists
• Includes publications written in 140+ languages (translations provided wherever relevant)
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• 800+ subject keywords and 2500+ language keywords
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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, wordlists


Steven Fassberg

Aramaic has been spoken uninterruptedly for more than 3000 years, yet a generation from now most Aramaic dialects will be extinct. The study of the Northeastern Neo-Aramaic (NENA) dialects has increased dramatically in the past decade as linguists seek to record these dialects before the disappearance of their last speakers. This work is a unique documentation of the now extinct Jewish Neo-Aramaic dialect of Challa (modern-day Çukurca, Turkey). It is based on recordings of the last native speaker of the dialect, who passed away in 2007. In addition to a grammatical description, it contains sample texts and a glossary of the dialect. Jewish Challa belongs to the cluster of NENA dialects known as 'lishana deni' and reference is made throughout to other dialects within this group.