NATIVE NORTH AMERICAN LANGUAGES RESOURCES
University of Washington Libraries
September 7, 2005
This is a historical file as of 2005. Not updated.
MAJOR LANGUAGE REFERENCE WORKS
Languages on Film & Video
of the World.
note: geographic arrangement, a catalogue of more than 6,700 languages
spoken in 228 countries; available both in print and on the web
SuzRef P 371 E83 1992
Handbook of North American Indians. William C. Sturtevant, general
editor. v.4-15, v.17.
Washington: Smithsonian Institution: For sale by the Supt. of Docs.,
vol. 17: Languages Ives Goddard, editor), 1996.
A major work on Native North American Languages. Lengthy, signed,
scholarly articles on:
Description of the Native Languages of North America before Boas.
Description of the Native Languages of North America: Boas and after.
Language and the Culture History of North America.
Dynamics of Linguistic Contact.
Overview of General Characteristics.
Native Writing Systems.
Ethnography of Speaking.
Nonspeech Communication Systems
Classification of the Native Languages of North America.
These articles are followed by lengthy descriptive Grammatical Sketches
(including phonology, morphology and syntax) of 12 native languages
including Central Alaskan Yupik, an Eskimoan language; Thompson, a
Salishan language; Sahaptin, a Sahptian language.
Additionally, there is a lengthy classication of the Native Languages of
North America (with a map in the back pocket of the volume), a table of
the status (number of speakers) of the languages as of 1995, a
bibliography of sources by language, and a general bibliography;
SuzRef, UglRef, BotRef, TacRef E77 .H25 v.17
of Washington Libraries Special Collections Northwest US Indigenous
Language Holdings (partial listing)
note: click on the link to a viewable and downloadable .xls file
MAJOR INDEXES TO LINGUISTICS/LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP
note: consists of two files: the Resources in Education (RIE) file of
document citations and abstracts of the Current Index to Journals in
Education (CIJE) file of journal article citations and abstracts from over
750 professional journals; excellent index for studies on teaching and
learning language. Online use restricted to UW computers.
Linguistics and Language Behavior
Abstracts: LLBA. 1973+
note: abstracts of the world's literature in linguistics &
language-related research; abstracts of books, journal articles; book
review listings; enhanced bibliographic citations of dissertations. The
electronic version is restricted to UW computers.
Previously entitled Language and Language Behavior Abstracts;
electronic version covers 1973+; printed version, 1967+
SuzRef Index/Abstracts P1 L53 1967+
International Bibliography 1921/25+
NY: Modern Language Association of America
note: excellent index for both literature and linguistics
note: The electronic version (restricted to UW users) covers 1963 to the
present; the earlier printed volumes (1921-1940 and 1941-1963) are in
Suzzallo Reference, PB 6 M6 and Z7006 M64, respectively.
REFERENCE WORKS ON SPECIFIC LANGUAGES
Books on specific languages usually have the name of the language as the
first word of the subject heading followed by the term 'language,' for
Specific kinds of reference works are indicated in subject headings by the
kind of reference work, such as dictionaries or grammars or texts. These
are called form subdivisions and are sometimes plural in form, for
Salish language -- texts
This would find collections of writings (texts) in the Salish language.
Choctaw language -- dictionaries
This would find dictionaries of the Choctaw language.
A bilingual dictionary will list both languages, one on each side of
the term 'dictionaries':
Choctaw language -- Dictionaries -- English language
A grammar of specific language would have the subdivision 'grammar', for
Nez Perce language -- Grammar
Works on a specific aspect of a language works much the same way, a study
of verbs in Navajo would have the subject heading:
Navajo language -- Verb
U.S. DOCUMENTS ON THE WEB
American Languages Act of 1990
Native American Languages Act.
Hearing....to Amend the Native American Languages Act to Provide for the
Support of Native American Language Survival Schools.
AMERICAN REFERENCE RESOURCES