Academic Links


On this page, you will find some of my favorite links for Introduction to Linguistics, Germanic Linguistics, and Bantu Linguistics. Please feel free to browse and suggest links that might be relevant.

Introductory and General Linguistics

University of Southern California SPAN: A database of real time MRI imaging of various linguists pronouncing the IPA chart.

University of Iowa Phonetics: Self Pronouncing IPA for Spanish, English, and German

University of Vicotria Self Pronouncing IPA Chart: This is the entire IPA chart, self-pronounced (including diacritics). Each consonant is produced word initially and medially.

SIL Unicode Font Database: Many of these downloadable fonts come with support for Unicode (very important for getting your text into statistical programs that create nice graphs and charts for you). These fonts range from Doulos SIL (my IPA font of choice) to Abyssinica SIL (for Ge'ez scrip) and many more.

Linguist List/University of Victoria's IPA: This is an online IPA interface that allows for you to click the symbols and diacritics that you would like and you may copy and paste them into your word processor (not for type setters). A similar point and click, copy and paste unicode IPA website is provided by Weston Ruter.

Syntax Tree Drawing Tools: This tool uses bracketed enclosures to make neat syntax trees. Once you are finished with your bracketing, click 'save' and import the image into your file! It does not support non-Latin characters.

World Atlas of Linguistic Structures (WALS): For those who already have their feet wet with linguistics, WALS is a great resource if you are interested in typology (trust me you are). Organized by "features", WALS has chapters detailing the different parameters of different linguistic structures and information on which ones are typologically rare or geographically clustered. WALS includes map visuals which can be combined with multiple features.

Alliance for Linguistic Diversity Endangered Languages Project: This website features up to date information about speaker populations and previous online research for many languages. Along with Ethnologue, this is the best source for reliable count data on endangerment.

Ethnologue: Languages of the World: This is a comprehensive database of linguistic relationships. The database contains information on where a given language is spoken as well as which languages are spoken in given regions of the world.

Omniglot: A nice resource for dabbling around with different writing systems. Most of the information on this webpage is in an image format (instead of a general font) so rendering fonts that you do not have installed should not be an issue. In addition to information about the writing system, there are text samples with recordings.

Germanic Linguistics

Texas German Dialect Project: This is a database of the New World variety of High German known as Texas German. The site does require membership in order to search the archives.

Max Kade Institut American German: This database contains information about German dialects found in the United States including recordings.

Project Wulfila: A database for texts in older Germanic languages, especially Gothic. Includes tags with references for easy tracking.

Gerhard Köbler Dictionaries: Under Professor Köbler's publications are quite a few searchable dictionaries of older Germanic languages. In addition to source language variation, dictionaries can vary by target language (sometimes German, English, Latin, etc).

Digitaler Wenker Atlas (DiWA): A digital version of George Wenker's Sprachatlas des Deutschen Reichs. This website includes recordings (starting around 1950) in addition to a searchable database of maps. In order to view the maps, you must use ER Mapper. It tends to be very slow.

Bantu Linguistics

Comparative Bantu Online Dictionary (CBOLD): A source which contains full dictionaries and word lists compiled from over 70 sources. This resource also includes downloadable maps of the Bantu speaking regions of Africa and a map making resource.

Afranaph: A project hosted by Rutgers University which seeks to document the different structures of African languages and put them in a searchable database. If you are a native speaker linguist of a non-colonial language of Africa who is interested in contributing, please look under the "Become a Consultant" section of the webpage.

Bantu Lexical Reconstructions 3: A historical lexical Bantu database with regional phonetic and semantic information. Queries can be made in either English, French, or the ID of a given tag.