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Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics

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Second Edition

"an awe-inspiring project of breath-taking scope, bringing together a distinguished list of internationally recognized editors and authors."
Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh

Keith Brown, Cambridge University, UK

Coordinating Editors
Anne H Anderson, University of Glasgow, UK
Laurie Bauer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Margie Berns, Purdue University, USA
Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto, Canada
Jim Miller, University of Auckland, New Zealand

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming reference work Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 2nd Edition, to be published in print in late 2005, and online in early 2006.

In 1993 the first edition of ELL (Ron Asher, Editor) was hailed as “the field’s standard reference work for a generation”. Now the all-new second edition matches ELL’s comprehensiveness and high quality, expanded for a new generation, while being the first encyclopedia to really exploit the multimedia potential of linguistics.

  • The most authoritative, up-to-date, comprehensive, and international reference source in its field
  • An entirely new work, with new editors, new authors, new topics and newly commissioned articles with a handful of classic articles
  • The first Encyclopedia to exploit the multimedia potential of linguistics through the online edition
  • Ground-breaking and International in scope and approach
  • Alphabetically arranged with extensive cross-referencing
  • Available in print and online. The online version will include updates as subjects develop


  • c. 7,500,000 words
  • c. 11,000 pages
  • c. 3,000 articles
  • c. 1,500 figures: 130 halftones and 150 colour
  • Supplementary audio, video and text files online
  • c. 3,500 glossary definitions
  • c. 39,000 references
  • Extensive list of commonly used abbreviations
  • List of languages of the world (including information on no. of speakers, language family, etc)
  • Indexes available: Full Subject Index, Thematic Index, Name Index (print) and Author Index (online)
  • Extensive list of commonly used abbreviations
  • List of languages of the world (including information on no. of speakers, language family, etc)
  • Approximately 700 biographical entries (now includes contemporary linguists)
  • Over 100 language maps in print, approx 200 online


  • Access on ScienceDirect - the world’s leading provider of Scientific, Technical and Medical Information
  • Sophisticated navigation
  • Bibliographic linking to other content held on ScienceDirect and, via Cross Ref, to other publishers' holdings

Students, researchers and professionals who are seeking an authoritative source of information about any particular aspect of linguistics or its applications.


Animal Communication
Marc Naguib, Universität Bielefeld, Germany

Applied Linguistics
Margie Berns, Purdue University, USA

Kurt Jankowsky, Georgetown University, USA

Brain & Language
Harry A. Whitaker, Northern Michigan University, USA

Cognitive Science
Jon Oberlander, University of Edinburgh, UK

Computational Linguistics & Natural Language Processing
Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto, Canada
Allan Ramsay, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK

Countries & Languages
Lutz Marten, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK

Educational Linguistics
Bernard Spolsky, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Foundations of Linguistics
Billy Clark, Middlesex University, UK

Historical & Comparative Linguistics
Mark Hale, Concordia University, Canada

History of Linguistics
Andrew Linn, University of Sheffield, UK

Language Acquisition
Elena Lieven, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany

Languages of the World
Sarah Ogilvie, Oxford English Dictionary, UK

Law & Language
John Gibbons, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Dennis Kurzon, Haifa University, Israel

Patrick Hanks, Akademie der Wissenschaften, Germany

Linguistic Anthropology
Michael Silverstein, University of Chicago, USA

Media & Language
Sue McKay, University of Queensland, Australia

Medicine & Language
Francoise Salager-Meyer, Merida, Venezuela

Laurie Bauer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Philosophy & Language
Alex Barber, Open University, UK
Rob Stainton, University of Western Ontario, Canada

John H. Esling, University of Victoria, Canada

Richard Wiese, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany

Politics & Language
Ruth Wodak, Lancaster University, UK

Jacob Mey, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Anne Anderson, University of Glasgow, UK

Religion & Language
Erik Fudge, University of Reading, UK

Keith Allan, Monash University, Australia
Osten Dahl, Stockholm University, Sweden

Marcel Danesi, University of Toronto, Canada

Sign Language
Bencie Woll, City University, UK

Raj Mesthrie, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Speech Technology
Jennifer Lai, IBM Research, New York, USA

Spoken Discourse
Rosanna Sornicola, Universita di Napoli Federico II, Italy

Jim P. Blevins, University of Cambridge, UK

Text Analysis & Stylistics
Catherine Emmott, University of Glasgow, UK

Kirsten Malmkjaer, Middlesex University, UK

Typology & Universals
Bernd Heine, Universität zu Köln, Germany

Variation & Language
Miriam Meyerhoff, University of Edinburgh, UK

Writing Systems
Peter T. Daniels, Bronx, New York, USA

Kathryn Allan, University of Glasgow, UK
Philip Durkin, Oxford English Dictionary, UK

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