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Research Guides

Linguistics

Language families

Human Language Families by Vardion on Wikipedia

Language atlases

For language atlases:

  • Start at the library homepage
  • Select the red 'catalogue' tab
  • Click on 'advanced search' underneath the search field
  • On the following page, select 'browse search'

                                                                                       

  • On the following page, enter one of the following subject headings:
    • Language and languages maps
    • Linguistic geography
  • Select 'subject' from the drop down menu to the right & click search

  • Note that linguistic geography further subdivides by regions & by formats i.e. Altases or Maps
  • The number beside each entry tells you the number of items in the catalogue with that particular subject heading
  • Click on the subject heading to see the catalogue records for the items

                                                                                 

Selected language atlases:

Accents

Searching for language dictionaries in the catalogue

For specific language dictionaries:

  • Start at the library homepage
  • Select the red 'catalogue' tab
  • Click on 'advanced search' underneath the search field
  • On the following page, select 'browse search'

 

  • On the following page, enter the name of the language followed by the word 'language'
  • Select 'subject' from the drop down menu to the right & click search

  • The number beside each entry tells you the number of items in the catalogue with that particular subject heading. Take note of the variety of dictionary, etymology, & grammar headings
  • Click on the subject heading to see the list of catalogue records for the items

Working with non-English language material

Multilingual sign by our library

Languages using a Roman alphabet

  • May require the use of special characters & accents
  • Use alt codes on your keyboard

Languages using a non-Roman alphabet

  • Do not have alt codes for characters
  • Use transliteration tables to search the catalogue using an English keyboard

Change your keyword settings on Robarts Library computers:

  • Scroll down to the blue tool bar at the bottom of the screen
  • Click where it says 'EN'
  • Select another language

If you cannot find your language in the toolbar, click here