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Linguistics Research Guide

Research guide for courses and research projects in linguistics.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings used in the library catalog to describe languages and linguistic topics are quite regular.  Look for the following subject phrases, and consider using them in your searches:

Language names - studies specific to a language will include "language" in the subject heading to differentiate from ethnicities with the same name. These can also be subdivided geographically.

  • Quechua language
  • Spanish language--Chile
  • Uzbek language

Language families - language families or groups of related languages are described in plural form. The library catalog often suggests specific member languages as narrower search terms.

  • Mayan languages (distinct from Maya language)
  • Eskimo languages
  • Turkic languages

Subdivisions - used to indicate the kind of linguistic or anthropological study about a given language and its speakers.

  • French language--Dialects
  • Arabic language--Grammar
  • Tongan language--Social aspects

Linguistic concepts - in additional to individual languages, linguistic concepts can be their own subject heading. These can be subdivided geographically.

  • Language policy--Mozambique
  • Bilingualism--United States
  • Language acquisition
  • Semantics, Comparative

Call numbers by language

Call Number Languages
P Language. Linguistic theory. Comparative grammar
PA Greek & Latin
PB Celtic languages
PC Romance languages
PD Germanic & Nordic languages
PE English language
PF West Germanic languages
PG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages
PH Uralic languages. Basque
PJ "Oriental" & Semitic languages
PK Indo-Iranian languages
PL Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
PM Hyperborean, American (indigenous),
and artificial languages


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