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Linguistic Bibliography Online

"How does one stay abreast of the continuously expanding field of language sciences that contains all known language families? How does one find scholarly literature on theoretical linguistics?" Watch this brief video to see how Linguistic Bibliography Online (LBO) meets your research needs.

"What makes LBO the most authoritative multi-language linguistic resource globally?''


"The world is running out of many things. Information is NOT one of them. How does LBO help linguistic scholars and students stay on top of it all?"

How to Order LBO
Institutions worldwide can register for a free trial of Linguistic Bibliography Online.
To arrange your trial, or to learn more, please contact our Sales department at
Pricing (2020)

Institutional Outright Purchase Price
€25,861  / US$29.404
Annual Update Fee
€911  / US$1,069

Online Subscription Price
€3,037  / US$3,562

Interested in learning about the print versions of LBO? Click here.

No subscription? You can still freely browse our pages and view lists of keywords, and more.

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Key Features

• Contains over 490,000 bibliographical references
• Links to full-text and library services
• DOI links and abstracts increasingly available
• Monthly updates with ± 20,000 new references added per year
• Compiled, analyzed, and annotated by an international team of specialists
• Includes publications written in 140+ languages (translations provided wherever relevant)
• Simple, full-text search and advanced search
• 1000+ subject keywords and 4200+ language keywords
• Save, print and email bibliographic references
• Export citations in various formats to compile and refine your own bibliography

Subjects included in Linguistic Bibliography:
• all languages and language families
• theoretical linguistics
• biographical data on linguists (e.g. biographies, obituaries)

Publication forms included in Linguistic Bibliography:
• books: monographs and edited volumes incl. Festschriften and conference proceedings
• articles from journals incl. e-journals and open access
• chapters from edited volumes
• short research notes and squibs
• reviews and review articles
• bibliographies
• PhD dissertations
• textbooks and handbooks catered to students
• online resources
• obituaries
• dictionaries on lesser studied languages
• primary sources and language documentation, especially of lesser studied languages, e.g. corpora, wordlists

Praise for Linguistic Bibliography Online
"The Permanent International Committee of Linguists and publisher Brill deserve our wholehearted praise for continuing and enhancing this splendid annual - essential for university libraries either in print or online - and for the welcome developments to the online service. Bravo!" – H.G.A. Hughes, Corwen, UK, in: Reference Reviews, 23/7 (2009)
"The BL/LB is, since its start, a bibliography covering the entire, continuously extending and diversifying field of the language sciences, with reference to all known language families and languages, past and present. As such it is a unique and indispensable reference tool for linguists, and a research instrument that belongs in any respectable linguistics library." – Pierre Swiggers, in: Historiographia Linguistica, 43/3 (2016)
"The merits of the Linguistic Bibliography cannot be underestimated since its reliability and precision and the ample information it provides are unsurpassed." – E.F.K. Koerner, in: Historiographia Linguistica, 34/2-3 (2007)

Editorial Board
Compiled and edited by Anne Aarssen, René Genis and Eline van der Veken

Advisory Board:
Willem Adelaar ( Leiden University) Peter Austin ( SOAS/ELAP)
Bernard Comrie ( MPI/EVA and the University of California Santa Barbara)
William Croft ( University of New Mexico)
Christian Lehmann ( University of Erfurt)
See additional information at

Also of Interest:
Brill’s Language and Linguistics Encyclopedias
to cover all languages of the world, particular attention is given to the inclusion of publications on endangered and lesser-studied languages. Publications in any language are collected, analyzed and annotated (using a state-of-the-art system of subject and language keywords) by an international team of linguists and bibliographers from all over the world. With a tradition of over sixty-five years, and over 20,000 references added annually, the Linguistic Bibliography remains the most comprehensive bibliography for every scholar and student of linguistics.

Linguistic Bibliography Online includes all bibliographical references of the printed yearbooks 1993-present, as well as additional materials which are exclusive to the online version (e.g. online resources). New bibliographical descriptions on the latest linguistic publications are added to the online database on a monthly basis.

Annual volumes of the Linguistic Bibliography continue to be published in print.
Linguistic Bibliography Online contains over 490,000 detailed bibliographical descriptions of linguistic publications on general and language-specific theoretical linguistics. While the bibliography aims
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