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Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts

CSA 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.

Subject Coverage
    Major areas of coverage include:
    • 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
Dates of Coverage
    1973 - current
Update Frequency
    Monthly, with approximately 14,000 new records added per year
    Over 0 records as of May 2013
Print Equivalent
    CSA Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts, ISSN 0888-8027
    789 E. Eisenhower Parkway
    P.O. Box 1346
    Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
    Tel: +1-734-761-4700
Sample Record
    Title Negation and Modality
    Original Title Negation et modalite
    Author Birkelund, Merete
    Affiliation Syddansk U
    Source Cahiers Chronos, 2005, 12, 97-108
    ISSN 1384-5357
    Descriptors *Modality (Semantic) (54610); *French (25750); *Legal Language (46300); *Lexical Choice (46642); *Social Functions of Language (79925); *Negation (56700); *Speech Acts (82400); *Tense (88500)
    Abstract The expression of deontic modality is investigated in a corpus of French bilateral contracts to clarify lexical & grammatical choices made by contractants. The frequent use of the present tense & the simple future to express contractual obligations is argued to reflect a distinction between (1) a general rule, obvious in the situational context (present tense), & (2) a firm conviction that the rules of contract law will be respected (future tense). A distinct preference for negated pouvoir 'to be able' instead of affirmative devoir 'must' emphasizes prohibition by blocking an act envisaged by the other party; it is suggested that an obligation expressed by devoir takes effect at the moment of utterance & is therefore less easily controlled than a prohibition encoded by negated pouvoir, which is based on an obvious implicit rule. 31 References. J. Hitchcock
    Language French
    Publication Year 2005
    Publication Type Journal Article (aja)
    Country of Publication Netherlands
    Classification 4410 semantics; semantics
    Update 200506
    Accession Number 200506164
Browsable Indexes

A browsable index is an alphabetical listing of terms used in a specific field of a database. You can browse this list to see, for example, how authors' names are spelled and therefore can search all variants of the name. In CSA Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts, browsable indexes are available for the following fields:

Journal Name
Publication Type
Thesaurus Availability

This database is indexed using a thesaurus of 3,700 terms. The thesaurus is available online.

Field Codes
    AB = Abstract LA = Language
    AF = Author Affiliation LC = Library of Congress Control Number
    AN = Accession Number NT = Notes
    AU = Author OT = Original Title
    CD = CODEN PB = Publisher
    CL = Classification PT = Publication Type
    CP = Country of Publication PY = Publication Year
    DE = Descriptors SO = Source
    IB = ISBN TI = Title
    ID = Identifiers UD = Update
    IS = ISSN

    This indicates the language(s) of the original source document. The following languages are indexed in Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts:

    Afrikaans Italian
    Arabic Japanese
    Bulgarian Korean
    Chinese Multilingual
    Czech Norwegian
    Danish Polish
    Dutch Portuguese
    English Romanian
    Esperanto Russian
    Finnish Serbo-Croatian with Cyrillic alphabet
    Flemish Serbo-Croatian with Roman alphabet
    French Slovak
    German Slovene
    Greek Spanish
    Hebrew Swedish
    Hungarian Turkish

    To search a particular language, you may formulate your search as follows:

    la=(Serbo-Croatian with Roman)

    Publication Type, PT=

    The data in this field identify the general type of document. The publication types in CSA Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts are as follows:

    book chapter
    book review
    film review
    journal article
    software review