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Linguistics: Online Resources

Recommended Websites


IRAAL connects language lecturers, language teachers and researchers in linguistics, applied linguistics and sociolinguistics with an active community keeping up with the latest language developments and offering lectures and seminars across Ireland. 

BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics)

BAAL is a professional association, based in the UK, which provides a forum for people interested in language and applied linguistics.

AILA (International Association of Applied Linguistics)

AILA  an international federation of national and regional associations of Applied Linguistics. AILA has a membership of more than 8,000 individuals worldwide who as researchers, policy makers or practitioners are active in the field of Applied Linguistics.

WALS (World Atlas of Language Structures)

The World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS) is a large database of structural (phonological, grammatical, lexical) properties of languages gathered from descriptive materials (such as reference grammars) by a team of 55 authors. 

Cascadilla Proceedings

An imprint of Cascadilla Press. For proceedings of linguistics conferences and workshops.

IDEA (International Dialects of English Archive)

Recordings dialects are downloadable and playable for both Windows and Apple computers.


An openly accessible repository of scholarly papers, discussions and other documents for linguistics.

Linguistic Discovery

Free peer-reviewed online journal from Dartmouth College, UK. Dedicated to the description and analysis of primary linguistic data

The Semantics Archive

For exchanging papers of interest to natural language semanticists and philosophers of language

Evaluating Information

These tips will help you evaluate the quality, accuracy and reliability of information you find on the Web.


  • Who wrote the page - where is the information coming from?
  • Is the author qualified to speak on the topic?
  • Is the site reputable?


  • Is the information Correct?
  • Can you verify the information from another source?
  • Are there references available to back up the author's claims?


  • Is the purpose of the website to inform you?
  • Is it promoting or selling something?
  • Is it biased?


  • When was the site last updated?
  • How current are the links – have some expired or moved?


  • What topics are covered on the site?
  • Is the information on the site well presented?
  • Is special software required to view the page or is it fee based?

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