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Reference Books on Linguistics and Language

Background information can be found in encyclopedias, dictionaries and bibliographies.  UBC Library provides access to many excellent resources in both print and online versions; a select number are listed below.

On Specific Language Families

The resources below are are primarily from the Routledge Language Familiy series. Each work provides detailed linguistic analysis and description of the members of some of the world's language families, plus  bibliographies for each language, a detailed index and tables, and maps and examples from the languages to demonstrate the linguistic features being described.