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Why use Reference Works?

Dictionaries and encyclopedias provide introductory information and are a great way to get familiar with new linguistic topics and terminology. Handbooks provide an authoritative in depth summary for a particular area. This page features reference works that cover the entire field of linguistics. See the tabs for specific linguistic subfields in this guide for specialized reference sources. References sources about languages in general are on the Languages tab.  

Best Bet

Dictionaries

Encylopedias