Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)

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Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. The database covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,500 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, and dissertations. It also provides links to web sites and to scholars active in the field. Includes items in English and thirty other languages. 

Major areas of coverage include:

  • Anthropological Linguistics
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Descriptive Linguistics
  • Discourse Analysis / Text Linguistics
  • Hearing and Speech Physiology
  • Hearing - Pathological and Normal
  • History of Linguistics
  • Interpersonal Behavior and Communication
  • Language Classification
  • Language - Pathological and Normal
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Lexicography / Lexicology
  • Mental Retardation
  • Morphology
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Orthography, Writing Systems
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Poetics / Literary Theory
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Psychometrics
  • Semantics
  • Semiotics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Special Education
  • Syntax
  • Theory of Linguistics
  • Typology

Includes a searchable thesaurus that allows searchers to narrow from broad terms like "Semantics" to narrower terms like "Event Semantics" or "Deixis." Allows relevance rankings of results or sorting them by publication type (e.g. "peer reviewed journals," "books," "book chapters," "dissertations").


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Dates covered

1973+ (with some items from as far back as 1968).

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Journal articles, series, monographs, dissertations, bibliographies, proceedings, web sites, and other materials.

Type of coverage

Citations and abstracts.

Print counterpart or
related resources

LLBA: Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (1985+). Available at DANA and ALEXANDER REF. PB35.L55 (1985-2000).

Continues LLBA: Language and Language Behavior Abstracts (1967-1984). Available at DANA and ALEXANDER REF. PB35.L55 (1967-1984).

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