Linguistics Education Resource Guide

Linguistics Education Resource Guide

A Comprehensive Guide for Students and Teachers

Introduction

The field of linguistics involves research, modeling, analysis and developing hypotheses. The investigation of human acquisition of the knowledge of language, variations of language across geographic regions and how to create computational models that reflect such data are all tasks linguists tackle. Yet, you don’t have to be linguist to find something worthwhile within this guide. Filled with over 40 resources, spanning from the history of languages to the content of a modern-day podcast, the following links will appeal to students, teachers or those who simply have a healthy curiosity about the subject.

General Linguistic Education Resources

This general resource section contains links to answer many of the questions you may have about linguistics and its various aspects.

FAQs about Linguistics

Follow this link to find out everything you ever wanted to know about linguistics and more.

The Word Detective

Interested in the meaning of little-known words and expressions? Check out this site to uncover them.

Verbix

Follow this link to an online verb conjugation tool in almost any language. Type in the verb of your choice and instantly receive its complete conjugation.

Affixes

Find more than 1,250 entries about prefixes, suffixes, combining forms and infixes with definitions and illustrations.

Glossary of Linguistic Terms

From A to Z, find hundreds of linguistic terms and explanations at your fingertips.

Linguistic Education Teaching Resources

No matter if you’re exploring the finer points of language with elementary, middle or high school students, at least one of the following teaching resources will meet your needs.

Linguistic Anthropology Teaching Resources

This site is dedicated to materials shared by colleagues for teaching and learning linguistic anthropology.

NativLang

Find free text and video linguistics lessons on popular ideas and themes as well as more specific topics.

Linguistics Lesson Plans

Western Washington University Linguistics in Education presents a repository of linguistics lesson plans for students in K-12.

Linguistics for Teachers of ELLs

Teaching English language learners requires different skills than when you teach native English speakers. This site explores topics such as morphology, phonology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.

Exploring Language

Follow this link to find linguistics information and lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school students.

Psycholinguistics Resources

Psycholinguistics is the study of how language manifests in our brains. Find helpful tools and references below.

MCWord

MCWord is an orthographic wordform database that allows users to obtain lexical and sublexical orthographic information related to English words.

IPhOD

The Irvine Phonotactic Online Dictionary was developed for research on speech perception and production.

Journal of Memory and Language

Interested in topics based on memory and learning, reading, language or speech? This journal delivers.

Applied Psycholinguistics

In this journal, readers will find original research papers on the psychological processes involved in language, such as language development, use and disorders

The International Picture-Naming Project

Find a wide variety of picture stimuli and related norms, which are available in seven languages and can be used for picture naming in psycholinguistic studies.

Auditory Word Recognition

Follow this link to find auditory word recognition tests such as word-non word, word frequency and word gating.

Sociolinguistics Resources

Sociolinguistics looks at how language intersects with the different classes, races and genders of society. Find related references, databases and archives below.

Varieties of English

Visit this University of Arizona language samples project to learn about the background and features of the different English languages.

Speech Accent Archive

A helpful resource for comparing demographic and linguistic backgrounds of native and non-native English speakers to determine which variables are the key predictors of each accent.

IDEA

The International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA) offers an online archive of dialect and accent recordings.

DARE

The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is a reference that documents the differences between dialects throughout the regions of the United States.

Syntactic Structures of the World’s Languages

Search this database to discover the properties that characterize a language and how the properties relate across languages.

Computational Linguistics Resources

Think of computational linguistics as a marriage between computer science and linguistics where programming is used to do things such as model linguistic structure. See the resource links below for examples.

Association for Computational Linguistics

ACL is an international scientific and professional society for those who work on computational problems that involve human language.

Computational Linguistics

This quarterly publication offers a wide variety of information regarding the research of language, linguistics and the psychology of language processes.

SIGMORPHON

The ACL Special Interest Group on Computational Morphology and Phonology (SIGMORPHON) provides a forum for the discussion of topics in computational morphology and phonology.

NACLO Practice Problems

Try out computational linguistics skills with these practice problems that have been used by the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad.

WordNet

This tool is useful for computational linguistics and natural language processing.

Historical Linguistics Resources

Historical linguistics is the study of how languages have evolved over time. Browse the links below to find information about the origins of words, ancient writing systems and more.

Studying the History of English

Improve your knowledge of the history of English via the texts, timelines, galleries, bibliographies and more living on this site.

Online Etymology Dictionary

If you’re not familiar with the word etymology, then this link might be of interest. While it takes you to a dictionary, it’s not one that’s full of definitions. Instead, it contains explanations of how words came to be.

Indo-European Etymological Dictionary

Find a Proto-Indo-European Language Lexicon and an Etymological Dictionary of Early Indo-European Languages here.

Language Change of English

This resource has the potential to be of interest to anyone who is studying language science or who just has a general interest in the subject.

Ancient Scripts

Visit this site to learn about worldwide writing systems that date back to prehistory and extend forward to the modern times.

Linguistic Blogs

If the study of language intrigues you, check out the following blogs to find one that fulfills your interests.

All Things Linguistic

This linguistics blog maintained by Gretchen McCulloch is her full-time job. Expect daily updates on anything and everything about linguistics.

Superlinguo

Follow this link to Lauren Gawne’s blog focused on language and linguistics and designed for people who enjoy and use language.

Harmless Drudgery

When lexicographer Kory Stamper isn’t working at Merriam-Webster reading citations and defining obscure words, she’s writing on this entertaining blog.

Separated by a Common Language

Discover the often subtle differences between American and British English with Dr. Lynne Murphy as your guide.

Language Log

When it comes to linguistics blog, this one is the best-known. It contains a variety of authors, includes a comment section and features a comprehensive blog roll along the side.

Language: A Feminist Guide

If a feminist blog written by a feminist linguist sounds intriguing, check out this link. You’ll find FAQs about language, discussion and debunking of language myths and more.

Linguistic Podcasts

Wit, wisdom and entertaining linguistic banter are what you’ll discover when you take to a listen to one or more of the following podcasts.

Talk the Talk

This podcast occurs weekly and focuses on all things linguistic including animal communication, worst words and Brexit language fallout.

The Allusionist

Tune in to this podcast to learn more about language and etymology. New episodes air every two weeks on Wednesdays.

A Way with Words

Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers about different aspects of language such as grammar, colloquialisms, expressions, etymology, dialects and more.

The World in Words

This podcast focuses on the different languages of the world and the populations who speak them.

That’s What They Say

Explore our changing language with University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan during this weekly podcast.