A comprehensive reference work cataloging all of the world's known living languages. Since 1951, the Ethnologue has been an active research project involving hundreds of linguists and other researchers around the world. It is widely regarded to be the most comprehensive source of information of its kind. With the academic subscription, you “Get unfettered access to our language and country profiles, maps, statistics, language family trees, and more," but country reports are sold to individuals separately.
Ed. Martin Haspelmath, Matthew S. Dryer, David Gil, and Bernard Comrie. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. Book + CD-ROM.
Together, the book and CD-ROM display the structural properties of the world’s languages. The book’s 142 full-color maps and numerous regional maps display the geographical distribution of features of pronunciation and grammar. The CD-ROM allows users to customize the maps, establish correlations between features, and display bibliographical sources.
Voegelin, Charles Frederick and Florence M. Voegelin. New York: Elsevier, 1977. (DeMiller 591)
Largely superseded by Ruhlen, this nevertheless remains an important reference source, particularly for its index of names.
Ruhlen, Merritt. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1987. (DeMiller 587)
A complete genetic classification of all the world’s languages, the most comprehensive and up-to-date presently available.
comprehensive listing of the distinctive dialects and forms of English spoken throughout the contemporary world. Provides an invaluable introduction and guide to current research trends in the field Includes definitions both for the varieties of English and regions they feature, and for terms and concepts derived from a linguistic analysis of these varieties Explores important research issues including the transportation of dialects of English, the rise of 'New Englishes', sociolinguistic investigations of various English-speaking locales, and the study of language contact and change. Reflects our increased awareness of global forms of English, and the advances made in the study of varieties of the language in recent decades.
Ed. Peter T. Daniels and William Bright. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. (DeMiller 564)
Provides a historical sketch and the table of signforms of the world’s major scripts. The IPA (1989 revision) in its entirety can be found on the book’s endpapers.
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It provides books and media, Mango Languages, Rosetta Stone (only for use within the Language Lab) and other resources.
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