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10 March 2023 | Monthly LBO update

  • 22,361 bibliographical references added (585,056 in total)
  • Update includes the digitized records of the Linguistic Bibliography yearbook for 1992.

9 new journals:

3 new language keywords:

Colombian Sign Language

3 new subject keywords:


9 February 2023 | Monthly LBO update

  • 942 bibliographical references added (562,695 in total)

(no new journals)

14 new language keywords:

Akaselem Hyow
Alutiiq Manjak
Cena Moba
Dritto Ncam
Emirati Pidgin Arabic New Caledonian French
Guaraché Sanapaná
Gulmancema Yamphu

(no new subject keywords)

19 January 2023 | Monthly LBO update

  • 2,131 bibliographical references added (561,753 in total)

2 new journals:

7 new language keywords:

American Swedish
Bahamian English
Dominica Creole English
Native American English
Northern Alta
Santiagueño Quechua

6 new subject keywords:

Falkland Islands
Multimodal analysis
Systemic linguistics

12 December 2022 | Monthly LBO update

  • 1,797 bibliographical references added (559,622 in total)

1 new journal:

6 new language keywords:

Jewish English

3 new subject keywords:

Embodied simulation theory
Natural theory of language

3 November 2022 | Monthly LBO update

  • 18,654 bibliographical references added (557,825 in total)
  • including 17,819 digitized bibliographical references from the Linguistic Bibliography 1991 yearbook
  • 121 journals updated

4 new language keywords:

Surinamese Dutch

1 new subject keyword:


6 October 2022 | Monthly LBO update

  • 2,276 bibliographical references added (539,171 in total)
  • 100 journals updated

5 new journals:

The Linguistic Bibliography is made possible by the valuable work of our contributing linguists around the world, who gather, compile and annotate bibliographical references within their field of expertise. Click here to learn more about becoming a contributor.

Current contributors

Xosé-Afonso Álvarez, Alcalá de Henares
Portuguese / 2017-

Luigi Andriani, Utrecht
Italo-Romance / 2020-

Rogier Blokland, Uppsala
Uralic languages / 2005-

Johannes Bronkhorst, Lausanne
History of Indian linguistics / 1985-

Benjamin Brosig, Germany
Mongolian languages / 2003-

Chantale Cenerini, Saskatoon SK
Languages of North America / 2020-

Chris Lasse Däbritz, Hamburg
Turkic / 2021-

Wolf Dietrich, Münster
Meso- and South-American languages / 2005-

Sofia Dmitrieva, Sankt-Peterburg
Russia / 2016-

Natia Dundua, Tbilisi
Georgian / 2020-

Michael Dürr, Berlin
Languages of Meso-America / 2014-

Sveva Elti di Rodeano, Rome
Anatolian and Mediterranean languages / 2021-

Anna Aurelia Esposito, Würzburg
Middle Indo-Aryan / 2003-

Panagiotis Filos, Ioannina
Classical and post-Classical Greek / 2017-

Federico Gobbo, Amsterdam
Planned languages / 2013-

Tatsuya Hirako, Tōkyō
Japan / 2015-

Andreas Hölzl, Potsdam
Tungusic languages / 2020-

Institute of Modern Greek Studies, Thessaloniki
Greece / 1999-

Carolina Julià Luna, Barcelona
Catalan / 2021-

Agata Kawecka, Łódź
Church Slavonic, Montenegro and Croatia / 2020-

Krystyna Kowalik, Krakow
Poland / 2018-

Ferdinan Okki Kurnawian, Jakarta Timur
Indonesia / 2020-

Emil Lafe, Tiranë
Albanian / 1993-

Milica Mirkulovska, Skopje
Macedonia / 1996-

Carlos Molina Valero, Madrid
Anatolian & Proto-Indo-European / 2004-
Modern Spanish / 2017-

Jurij Mosenkis, Kyjiv
Ukraine / 2004-

Dorina Onica, Ilfov
Romanian / 2022-

Shynar Ospankulova, Almaty
Kazakhstan / 2019-

Jana Papcunová, Praha
Czech Republic / 2000-

Ludwig Paul, Hamburg
Modern Iranian languages / 1992-

Lăčezar Perčeklijski, Blagoevgrad
Bulgaria / 2012-

Ivan N. Petrov, Łódź
Church Slavonic, Montenegro and Croatia / 2020-

Anja Pohontsch, Bautzen/Budyšin
Sorbian / 2013-

Fangzhe Qiu, Dublin
Irish, Manx / 2019-

Irina Rabovskaia, Sankt-Peterburg
Russia / 2019-

Xosé Luís Regueira Fernández, Santiago de Compostela
Galician / 1993-

Eva-Maria Remberger, Wien
Sardinian / 2010-

Jonas Schreiber, Erlangen
German & corpus linguistics / 2017-

Dominika Skrzypek, Poznań
North Germanic / 2021-

Daniela Slančová & Martin Ološtiak, Prešov
Slovak Republic / 1996-

Anna Stefan, Łódź
Slovenian / 2020-

Ágnes Stemler, Budapest
Hungary / 1996-

Sahiinii L. Veikho, Senapati Manipur
Tibeto-Burman / 2021-

Jasna Vlajić-Popović, Beograd
Serbia / 1999-

Nina van der Vlugt, Leiden
African languages / 2020-

Hannah Wegener, Hamburg
Siberian / 2020-

Reinhard Weipert, München
Arab tradition, Arabic and Libyco-berber / 1985-

Dagmar S. Wodtko, Jena
Continental Celtic / 2001-

List of former contributors
Online and print
Key features
Advisory board
Abstracting policy
Request for inclusion
History of the Linguistic Bibliography
Abbreviations used in LB

Linguistic Bibliography Online contains over 560,000 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 seventy years, and over 20,000 references added annually, the Linguistic Bibliography remains the most comprehensive bibliography for every scholar and student of linguistics.

Online and print
The online database 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 560,000 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
  • 1,000+ subject keywords and 4,200+ language keywords
  • Save, print and email bibliographic references
  • Export citations in various formats to compile and refine your own bibliography

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

The Linguistic Bibliography is currently edited by three in-house editors who are located at the Brill office in Leiden. To contact the editors, you may send an email to [email protected] or view the List of editors.

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. Mark Janse (Ghent University, Belgium)
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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The Linguistic Bibliography is published in print and online by academic publisher Brill. Founded in 1683, Brill is a publishing house with a rich history and a strong international focus. The company’s head office is in Leiden, (The Netherlands) with a branch office in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). Brill was listed at the Amsterdam Stock exchange in 1896. Brill shares have been publicly traded since 1997.

Brill’s publications focus on the Humanities and Social Sciences, International Law and selected areas in the Sciences. Brill publications also include the imprints Brill | Nijhoff, Brill | Rodopi, Brill | Hes & De Graaf and Hotei Publishing.
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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 inclusion
To request the inclusion/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 [email protected]. 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 Linguistic Bibliography Online is updated monthly.

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Abbreviations used in LB
Click here to open a pdf with English, French, German and Russian abbreviations used in LB.