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Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA): About

A guide to all aspects of Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts including content, searching, and viewing results.

Subject Coverage

  • Anthropological Linguistics
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Descriptive Linguistics
  • Discourse Analysis / Text Linguistics
  • Hearing and Speech Physiology
  • Hearing - Pathological and Normal
  • History of Linguistics
  • Interpersonal Behavior and Communication
  • Language Classification
  • Language - Pathological and Normal
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Lexicography / Lexicology
  • Mental Retardation
  • Morphology
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Orthography, Writing Systems
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Poetics / Literary Theory
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Psychometrics
  • Semantics
  • Semiotics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Special Education
  • Syntax
  • Theory of Linguistics
  • Typology

Publication Types

  • Books
  • Conference Papers & Proceedings
  • Dissertations & Theses
  • Magazines
  • Other Sources
  • Scholarly Journals
  • Working Papers

What is Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)?

Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. The database covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,500 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, and dissertations.

Selection Policy

The selection policy of LLBA classifies the journals as Core, Priority, and Selective.

CORE journals are published by linguistics associations, groups, faculties, and institutions, and/or restrict their coverage to language related topics. All substantive articles appearing in these journals are abstracted and indexed, and citations are provided to the book reviews published therein.

PRIORITY journals are drawn from related sciences, eg, anthropology, communication, education, medicine, political science, that consistently address topics of linguistic relevance, and in which linguists regularly publish. More than 50% of the substantive articles appearing in these journals are selected for coverage.

SELECTIVE sources include journals from related sciences that occasionally publish works by sociologists. Less than 50% of the substantive articles appearing in these journals are covered.

The international distribution of the journals indexed in LLBA is as follows:

  • North America 45%
  • South and Central America 5%
  • Western Europe 40%
  • Eastern Europe 4%
  • Australia and New Zealand 2%
  • Asia, Middle East, Africa 4%

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