Linguistic Bibliography

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Compiled and edited by: Anne Aarssen, Femmy Admiraal, René Genis and Eline van der Veken

The Linguistic Bibliography Online contains over 400,000 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.

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Brill launches new blog on language and linguistics
23 November 2016
Brill's Language and Linguistics Blog is hosted by Linguist List and will feature the latest news about Brill publications, as well as guest posts from Brill authors and editors on a variety of subjects in language and linguistics. To visit the blog, click here.

Now available in print: Linguistic Bibliography for the year 2015

11 November 2016
Linguistic Bibliography for the year 2015 covers publications on language and linguistics from 2015 as well as recent publications from previous years that had not been indexed until now. The yearbook contains a total of 20,486 entries and features indexes of names, languages and subjects. All of the bibliographical references collected in the yearbook for 2015 are digitally available in Linguistic Bibliography Online.
For more information about Linguistic Bibliography for the year 2015, visit Brill's website.

Milestone: 400,000 records in Linguistic Bibliography Online
3 November 2016
Today, 7,038 records were added to Linguistic Bibliography Online as part of the monthly update which brings the total number of records in the online database to 400,006!
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History of the Linguistic Bibliography

The Linguistic Bibliography is currently edited by four in-house editors who are located at the Brill office in Leiden. To contact the editors, you may send an email to
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Bibliographical references are collected and annotated by an international team of specialists in their respective fields. We are currently looking for linguists who would like to contribute to the Linguistic Bibliography by gathering and compiling bibliographical references within their field of expertise. By becoming a bibliographer you will be able to support the documentation and dissemination of important linguistic research!
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List of former bibliographers

Advisory Board
Prof. Willem Adelaar (University of Leiden, The Netherlands)
Prof. Peter Austin (SOAS/ELAP, London, United Kingdom)
Prof. Bernard Comrie (MPI/EVA, Leipzig, Germany)
Prof. William Croft (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA)
Prof. Christian Lehmann (University of Erfurt, Germany)

The Linguistic Bibliography/Bibliographie Linguistique was founded in 1946 by CIPL (Comité International Permanent des Linguistes/Permament International Committee of Linguists) and continues to receive its support to this day. CIPL is an international organization founded to assist in the development of linguistic science. It tries to further linguistic research and to co-ordinate activities undertaken for the advancement of linguistics.
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Abstracting policy
As of 2012, the Linguistic Bibliography Online includes abstracts and summaries in bibliographical descriptions of books and articles. This service to our users is exclusively available in the online version of the Linguistic Bibliography, i.e. abstracts do not appear in the annual print volumes. Abstracts are displayed as they appear in the original publication, although formats may be edited for technical reasons, and copyright remains with the author and/or publisher.

We are much obliged to the publishers, organizations and journal editors providing abstracts free-of-charge and granting us permission to display them in our online database. Click here to view the full list of cooperating institutions.

Request for indexation
To request the indexation of a journal or other type of publication in the Linguistic Bibliography, please send an email with details of the publication (URL if possible) to All suggestions will be processed very carefully by the editorial staff. Click here for more information about the criteria for inclusion.

History of the Linguistic Bibliography/Bibliographie Linguistique
The idea of compiling a linguistic bibliography was conceived in 1946, at the sixth meeting of the CIPL (Comité International Permanent des Linguistes/Permament International Committee of Linguists) in Paris. The bibliography would cover linguistic publications of the previous years in order to re-establish international contacts between linguists which had been interrupted by World War II. Linguists from ten different countries contributed to the first volume, which was was the responsibility of Prof. Christine Mohrmann, who soon entrusted the work to Jan Beylsmit. In 1948, the newly founded UNESCO agreed to make a financial contribution to each volume, which would cover the printing costs. In 1949, the first volume of the Linguistic Bibliography/Bibliographie Linguistique (LB) was published by publishing house Spectrum (Utrecht, The Netherlands).

From then on, new volumes of the LB yearbook were published, first with Spectrum, then with Martinus Nijhoff (1980-), Kluwer (1988-), Springer (2005-), and finally Brill (2008-). From 1983, the LB staff were housed in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands), where an online bibliographical database was developed. The Linguistic Bibliography Online (LBO) was launched in 2002 and contains all bibliographical references from 1993 onwards.

Today, the Linguistic Bibliography print volumes and online database are published with Brill (Leiden, The Netherlands), and are compiled by four in-house editors and some 40 contributors from all over the world. The print volumes continue to appear annually, and the Linguistic Bibliography Online currently contains over 400,000 bibliographical references and is updated monthly.

Read more: Article by Sijmen Tol
The 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 by Brill.

Key Features
  • Contains over 400,000 bibliographical references
  • Links to full-text and library services
  • DOI links and abstracts increasingly available
  • 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)
  • Simple, full-text search and advanced search
  • 800+ subject keywords and 2500+ language keywords
  • Save, print and email bibliographic references
  • Export citations in various formats to compile and refine your own bibliography

Subjects included in the Linguistic Bibliography:

  • all languages and language families
  • theoretical linguistics
  • biographical data on linguists (e.g. biographies, obituaries)

Publication forms included in the 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