Linguistic Bibliography

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Linguistic Bibliography Online contains over 580,000 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.

Compiled and edited by : Anne Aarssen and Eline van der Veken

Online and print
Key features
Former contributors
Advisory board
Abstracting policy
Request for inclusion
History of the Linguistic Bibliography
Abbreviations used in LB
User Guide for LBO

Linguistic Bibliography Online contains over 580,000 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 580,000 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 two in-house editors who are located at the Brill office in Leiden. To contact the editors, you may send an email to or view the List of editors

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-

Milica Anchevski, Skopje
North Macedonia / 1996-

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-

Chris Lasse Däbritz, Hamburg
Turkic / 2021-

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

Maria Clara Diniz, Rotterdam
Korean / 2023-

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-

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

Jurij Mosenkis, Kyjiv
Ukraine / 2004-

Dorina Onica, Ilfov
Romanian / 2022-

Evgeniia Osmova, Leiden
Freelancer / 2023-

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-

Jiang Wu, Leiden
Freelancer / 2023-

Former contributors
Femmy Admiraal, Leiden
Editor Linguistic Bibliography / 2016

Astrid Alexander-Bakkerus, Amsterdam
Indigenous languages of the Andes / 2005-2017

African Studies Centre, Leiden
African languages / 1988-1993

René Andries, Rotterdam
Various Slavic data / 1993-1997

Christian Bauer, Berlin
Tai-Kadai and Mon-Khmer languages / 1995-2015

Hermann Berger, Heidelberg
Burushaski / 1989-1993

Heather Bliss, Richmond BC
Languages of North America / 2017-2018

Ekaterina Bobyleva, Amsterdam
Editor Linguistic Bibliography / 2014-2016

Raymond Boyd, Paris
Adamawa-Ubangian languages / 1985-1994

Sonja van den Broek, Leiden
Egyptian and Coptic / 2001-2003

Jenny Brumme, Barcelona
Catalan / 2010-2011

Francis Byrne, Portsmouth
Pidgin and creole languages / 1988-1994

Elisabetta Carpitelli, Firenze
Italy / 1989-1994

Isaac Castrillo de la Mata, Salamanca
Modern Spanish / 2017-2018

Chantale Cenerini, Saskatoon SK
Languages of North America / 2020-2023

Central University Library of Bucharest Research Methodology Department, Bucureşti
Romania / 1987-2021

Nozomi Cho, Leiden
Freelancer / 2016-2018

Beatriz Protti Christino, Rio de Janeiro
Languages of Brazil / 2004-2014

Centre Interuniversitaire d'études hongroises, Paris
Ugric languages / 1987-1995

Ömer Demircan, Istanbul
Turkey / 1995-2015

Picus Sizhi Ding, Hong Kong
Minority languages of China / 2005-2013

Mengxue Duan, Junjie Liu & Guannan Zhao, Beijng
Chinese / 2016-2018

Yves Duhoux, Louvain-la-Neuve
Mycenaean and Minoan / 1985-2019

Stefan Elders, Bayreuth
African languages / 1994-1997

Aone van Engelenhoven, Leiden
Austronesian languages / 1995-2000

Volkmar Engerer, Aarhus
Denmark / 2005-2009

Irantzu Epelde, Bayonne
Basque / 2010-2018

Pierre Faure, Utrecht
Breton / 2018-2020

René Genis, Den Haag
Editor Linguistic Bibliography / 2011-2023

Stefan Georg, Bonn
Mongolian and Tungusic languages / 1989-1999

Lucia Grimaldi, Berlin
Sardinian / 2004-2009

Ning Guo, Beijing
Chinese / 2016-2018

Cornelius Hasselblatt, Groningen
Uralic languages / 1994-2005

Oskar von Hinüber, Freiburg
Middle Indo-Aryan / 1986-2004

Philip Huyse, Paris
Old and Middle Iranian languages / 1987-2000

Britta Irslinger, Freiburg
Brittonic languages / 2001-2017

Mark Janse, Gent
Phrygian and Ancient, Medieval & Modern Greek / 2004-2014
Editor Linguistic Bibliography / 1982-2004

Anna Joan Casademont, Barcelona
Catalan / 2004

Joan Julià-Muné, Lleida
Catalan / 2017-2020

Tamara Kalkhitashvili, Tblisi
Georgian / 2016-2020

Raimund Kastenholz, Berlin
Mande languages / 1992-1994

Franka Kermer, Helsinki
Finland / 2017-2020

Anne-Mette Kirkeby, København
Denmark / 1990-2008

Astrid Klapp-Lehrmann, Stuttgart
Italian / 1989-1994

Jing Liu, Beijng
Chinese / 2016-2017

Rolf Ködderitzsch, Bonn
Albanian and Celtic languages / 1986-1997

Tatsuo Kondo, Osaka
Japanese / 1988-1995

Snježana Kordić
South Slavic languages / 1996-2015

Anna-Liisa Kristiansson-Seppälä, Helsinki
Fennic languages / 1989-1998

Rune Kyrkjebø, Bergen
Norway / 2001-2009

Alexander Lubotsky, Leiden
Phrygien / 1993-1996

Ken Machida, Nagoya
Japan / 2013-2015

Maria Pia Marchese Bastianini, Firenze
Italy / 1974-2013

Joseph A. McIntyre, Hamburg
Chadic languages / 1998-2016

Astrid Menz, Istanbul
Turkic languages / 1993-2019

Amor Montané March, Barcelona
Catalan / 2005-2009

Žarko Muljačić, Berlin
Dalmatian / 1989-1993

Walter W. Müller, Marburg/Lahn
South Arabic / 1989-2014

Carsten Naeher, Paris
Tungusic / 2002-2008

Maaike van Naerssen, Leiden
Austronesian languages / 2011-2013

Yoshio Nagashima, Tokyo
Japan / 2000-2004

Nazarij A. Nazarov, Kyjiv
Ukraine / 2015-2020

Lidija Nepop, Kyjiv
Ukrainian / 1997-2003

Paul Newman, Bloomington
Chadic languages/ 1984-1997

John D. Nichols, Winnipeg, Manitoba
North and Middle American languages / 1992-2002

Robert Oberheid, Oberhausen
Anatolian languages / 1993

Hella Olbertz, São José do Rio Preto
Editor Linguistic Bibliography / 2002-2014

Alessandro Parenti, Firenze
Italy / 1996-2000

Elisa Perotti, Leiden
Italy / 2018-2020

Sara Petrollino, Leiden
East African languages / 2017-2020

Saskia van Putten, Nijmegen
Languages of Subsaharan Africa / 2004-2014

Charles Randriamasimanana, Taipei
Malagasy / 1995-2008

Georges Rebuschi, Paris
Basque / 1984-2009

Kirsten Refsing, København
Ainu / 1989-1994

Heinz Roberg, Köln
Khoisan languages / 1992-1993

Ján Sabol, Prešov
Slovak Republic / 1996-1997

Tadao Shimomiya, Tokyo
Japanese / 1996-1999

Heidi Siller-Runggaldier, Innsbruck
Rhaeto-Romance languages / 1989-1994

Giovanni Stary, Venezia
Sibe-Manchu / 1996-2001

Sander Steeman, Leiden
African languages / 1998-2004

Han Steenwijk, Padua
Sorbian / 1989-1996

Reinhard Stempel, Vitoria-Gasteiz
Armenian / 1989-2011

Anna Stunová, Amsterdam
Various Slavic data / 1992-1993

Benjamin Suchard, Leiden
Hebrew / 2012-2016

Tadeusz Szymański, Kraków
Poland / 1962-2018
Bulgaria / 1962-2012

Yukinori Takubo, Kyoto
Japan / 2005-2012

Sijmen Tol, Leiden
Editor Linguistic Bibliography / 1984-2016

Maria-Carme Torras, Bergen
Norway / 2001-2009

Ahmed Touderti, Paris
Libyco-Berber / 1992-1994

Jeanine Treffers-Daller & Fatma Erkman-Akerson, Istanbul
Turkey / 1991-1993

Anat Tsairi, Jerusalem
Hebrew / 1992-1993

Zdeněk Tyl & Milena Tylová, Praha
Czech Republic / 1963-1999

Wolfgang Veenker, Hamburg
Uralic and Paleosiberian languages / 1993

Rene Veldkamp, Leiden
African languages / 1989-1993

Paul Videsott, Bozen/Bolzano
Rhaeto-Romance languages / 1995-2011

Ruth Videsott, Brixen/Bressanone
Rhaeto-Romance languages / 2012-2015

Lars S. Vikør, Oslo
Norway / 1991-2000

Rainer M. Voigt, Berlin
Ethiopic, Cushitic and Omotic languages / 1986-2014

Clemens L. Voorhoeve, Leiden
Papuan and Australian languages / 1988-1997

Dagmar S. Wodtko, Berlin
Celtic languages (except Brittonic) / 2001-2018

Mengmin Xu, Beijng
Chinese / 2016-2017

Bahar Zhalehgooyan, Leiden
Farsi / 2017-2018

Shan Zuo, Beijing
Chinese / 2017-2018

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.

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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 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 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 two 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.

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

User Guide for LBO
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  • 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:
  • 1 new subject keyword:
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