English World-Wide is a biannual scholarly journal for the study of varieties of English around the world. It focuses on the dialectology and sociolinguistics of native and second-language speaking communities. The journal also includes research on creoles, language planning, multilingualism, modern historical linguistics and general sociolinguistics. The site gives access to the contents and abstracts of the journal, and a link to IngentaJournals, where online access to the full-texts is available to members of subscribing institutions. Private subscription including access to the electronic version of the journal is also available. Contents are available from volume 1, issue 1, 1980, while contents and abstracts are available from volume 21, issue 1, 2000.
The Foundation for Endangered Languages website offers: an outline of the organisation's concerns and aims (a Manifesto); information for new members and a membership form; a newsletter which can be accessed online; tables of contents of conference proceedings; links to a number of related sites, including major ones such as the Ethnologue and Unesco's linguistic rights policy. A grant application form with guidance notes can be downloaded. There is also a list of recommended books on the subject. The Foundation aims to raise awareness of the problem of the rapid disappearance of minority languages in the last decades and the related loss of linguistic and cultural diversity. It holds annual conferences; supports the use of small languages in various contexts; monitors linguistic policies and practices; offers assistance and training where necessary; and disseminates information on its activities. The most useful parts of this site are the bibliography and the list of links to other projects. This site may be of interest for anyone studying minority languages.
IALIC, the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication, was founded in 1999 with the aim to support international scholars working in the field of languages and intercultural communication. IALIC provides a forum for academics and practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds: anthropology, sociolinguistics, psychology, literary studies, management and organisation studies, linguists and applied linguists. Its aim is to promote intercultural understanding and tolerance, as well as the study of languages and intercultural communication as an academic field. The site is very clearly structured and presents information about the association; membership; subscription to a mailing list; conferences; a link to the Journal of Language and Intercultural Communication; and other related links.
The Journal of Language Contact is an online journal dealing with the study of language use and language change. The ambition is to let empirical data and the resulting theoretical elaborations form the basis for advancing the knowledge of the nature of language. The journal is published twice a year with a varia issue for general discussions within the area and a theme issue with thematically selected articles. These different strands have separate numbering although, at the time of review, only one of each has been published. The website contains an announcement section for conferences and forthcoming and recent publications. The site is simple but easy to navigate and is of interest to researchers and students of linguistics especially interested in language contact.
The website of the peer-reviewed Journal of multilingual and multicultural development, published by Multilingual Matters, provides access to articles on a wide range of aspects of multilingualism and multiculturalism. Articles in volumes back to volume 17, 1996 are accessible for subscription holders only, with abstracts being publicly available. The search function enables searching abstracts and full text. Peer-reviewed papers accepted for publication are accessible in their pre-print version and may be cited as forthcoming. Tables of contents may be received through e-mail alerts.
This online version of Edward Sapir's famous book presents his views on language, 'its variability in place and time', and 'its relations to other fundamental human interests - the problem of thought, the nature of the historical process, race, culture, art'. The book discusses important linguistic issues such as language and form; grammatical concepts and grammatical processes; the elements of speech; the sounds of language; language contact, variation and change; language, race and culture; language and literature. The book is a must for every student of linguistics. A detailed alphabetical index makes the online edition easy to use as a reference source.
The Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages is a non-profit organisation for the preservation, documentation and revitalisation of languages threatened with extinction worldwide. Its website provides information on its mission, projects and publications. Many of the descriptive, theoretical and typological academic papers by the Institute's staff can be downloaded from the site. There are also video and audio clips, including a link to a video interview with one of the Institute's members, K. David Harrison (who featured in the 2008 documentary film 'The Linguists'), which gives a clear and compelling overview of the important issues surrounding threatened languages. Links to other relevant organisations and university programmes also appear on the site.
The website of the Manchester working group on language contact publishes information about the group and the language contact phenomena which they examine. Among the phenomena studied by the group are: codeswitching; borrowing; language convergence; and mixed languages. Other areas are: second language acquisition (SLA), child bilingualism; and pidgins and creoles. Language codification is also discussed. On the site, each contact phenomenon is described briefly, and illustrated with examples from different languages. The examples offer a written description of how the phenomenon is manifest in the language in question, together with illustrative example instances given both as text and as sound files. Another section of the site makes available a number of case studies where different languages or language pairs are discussed with reference to contact phenomena identified in them. The case studies also include sound file illustrations. Contributors to the site are presented with lists of publications and contact details. The Resources section offers links to related projects, publications and a bibliography, while the Multilingualism in Manchester section contains some material related to research on the language situation in Manchester.
World Englishes is a journal devoted to the study of English in a global context: varieties of English around the world; language policies and language planning; language teaching methodology; and related issues. The site provides access to: the journal's contents and abstracts, starting from volume 1, issue 1, 1981; article submission information; editorial information; and a sample full-text issue. Electronic access to the full-text of articles for downloading or printing is available through service providers. Access is given to members of institutions subscribing to the print version (librarians should be able to provide further details).