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In order by importance in the field of linguistics.
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
Primary search engine in linguistics. Indexes and abstracts journal articles, book reviews, books, book chapters, dissertations and working papers in all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.
JSTOR is an archival database of journals, books and other materials. Most of its journals are available from the first issue to three to five years ago via a moving wall.
Enhanced Electronic Grammars (DeGruyter)
This unique online resource makes full grammars available together in an interlinked and semantically-annotated format, allowing granular access to the grammatical data and enabling cross-language research of several grammars at the same time. In addition to cross-linguistic queries, each grammar can also be read and researched individually. The electronic format allows for multimodal enhancement of language descriptions, such as audio and video supplements.
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Download MIT dissertations and theses from DSpace@MIT. If it is not in DSpace, use Barton (see above).
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Encylopedias and dictionaries
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Linguist List: Book Reviews
Linguistic Data Consortium (available 2016-present)
To access corpora from 2016-present that are available for download:
- First, register with LDC using your MIT email address and your current department or lab.
- Under "Organization" look for "Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT - Libraries" and select that option from the resulting drop-down menu. Do not use abbreviated form (e.g. "MIT") please type the whole string above to access the correct account.
- The libraries will approve your account within one business day. (If you don't receive an email, check your spam filter).
- After your account is approved, to access data, login to LDC and then go to the downloads tab under "your account options".
- The datasets that MIT Libraries has access to will be listed.
- If you need a corpus that is only available by hard drive or requires a separate license before download, please email email@example.com.
- If you need a pre-2016 corpus that we don’t have subscription access to, please fill out this form. Please note that typical delivery time is 5-7 business days – this can vary based on corpora cost and license(s), so some may take longer!
For all MIT users, available corpora are listed by year on the LDC site (MIT Libraries’ access to LDC corpora is limited to corpora published from 2016 on). Note that the corpora available as CDs or DVDs from 2016-present can be accessed by individual title through the Library’s Catalog.