Online Slang Dictionary An online dictionary of English slang, intended as global English but most entries are from the US
A Dictionary of Slang UK slang
Lexical FreeNet
An online thesaurus

Linguistics references

Lexicon of linguistics An online dictionary of linguistics terminology
i love languages
An extensive guide to language-related web sites
A wealth of information about the languages of the world.
The Language Gulper

Detailed descriptions of almost 200 ancient and modern world languages, including overview, phonology, grammar, basic vocabulary, key literary works and maps.

Conversation Analysis resources



Aids in transcription of digitized sound files. Besides normal playback features (Play, FF, Rew, Pause), it also includes features specifically for transcription such as "walking," which plays a small stretch of the file several times, then advances to a new piece that overlaps slightly with the previous one. Originally developed by Eric Breck for MICASE.

CA tutorial

Charles Antaki's somewhat dated (in terms of recording equipment, etc.) but still very helpful tutorial, including transcription & analysis

Ethno/CA news Wiki concerning publications, conferences, and other items relevant to Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis
Schegloff publications Emanuel Schegloff's archive of his publications from 1968 to the present.

Sociolinguistics resources


Terralingua is an international, non-profit organization for biological, cultural, & linguistic diversity.

Kenji Hakuta's publications page Links to papers on bilingual education, literacy advocacy & second language acquisition
Language Policy James Crawford's informative web site on bilingual education, English-only policies, and language rights in the US
Pidgin & Education Da Pidgin Coup's paper on Pidgin (Hawai'i Creole English) in the classroom & stigmatized language variety use in general.
LSA resolution on Ebonics (1997) "The variety known as "Ebonics," "African American Vernacular English" (AAVE), and "Vernacular Black English" and by other names is systematic and rule-governed like all natural speech varieties" (LSA's Chicago conference, 1997) - links to publications, etc. on AAVE

Research on language variation

Atlas of North American English The Atlas of North American English is a record of the regional dialects of English spoken in the urbanized areas of the United States and Canada in the years 1996-1999.
Varieties of English This website contains information not only on general topics such as phonetics, phonology, and IPA transcription, but also information on different varieties of English, such as Southern States English, African-American English, and British English.
Phonological Features of AAVE Pollock, et al.'s list of African American Vernacular English phonological features. Along with a description and examples, the list provides information on internal linguistic constraints on the variable application of each feature. If available, information is also provided about whether or not the feature is also used in other American English dialects, is currently undergoing a change (i.e., expanding or receding usage), or varies according to geographic or urban/rural areas.
Speech Accent Archive This site examines the speech of speakers from many different language backgrounds reading the same sample paragraph.
International Dialects of English Archive

An enormous archive of English-language dialects and accents, including roughly 1,400 samples form 120 countries and every state in the US.

Evaluating English Accents WorldWide An extensive project to investigate current attitudes and evaluations of the various "standard" accents of English over a wide area of the world.


WebCorp Live Allows you to use the web as a corpus
BNC, COCA, COHA, etc. Several corpora hosted by BYU, including the British National Corpus - representing a wide range of current British English, the Corpus of Contemporary American English, and the Corpus of Historical American English


The Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English - approximately 1.7 million words from native & non-native speakers at the University of Michigan
LDC The Linguistic Data Consortium - hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, speech & text databases & more
Middle English A project of the University of Michigan, at present contains 61 texts which can be searched through a variety of mechanisms

Phonetics resources

Learning articulatory descriptions & IPA symbols

University of Iowa Video & Animations of Sounds Animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of English, German, and Spanish. Available for each consonant and vowel is an animated articulatory diagram, a step-by-step description, and video-audio of the sound spoken in context. It is intended for student of phonetics, linguistics, and foreign language. There is also an interactive diagram of the articulatory anatomy.

Interactive Sagittal Section by Daniel C. Hall Displays mid-sagittal sections and IPA transcriptions for user-specified articulations.

University of Victoria Audio Illustrations of the IPA An IPA chart that will play a sound when you click on it (as well as providing the articulatory description of the sound).

Additional phonetics resources

UCLA Phonetics Lab Data An archival record of materials for use with older editions of two of Peter Ladefoged's textbooks. Sound files can be accessed by looking up particular languages or particular types of sounds.

UCLA Phonetics Lab Archive Recordings of many of the languages that have been investigated by members of the UCLA Phonetics Lab or have been made available to the lab by other scholars. Sound files can also be accessed by looking up particular languages or particular types of sounds.

Praat Free downloadable software for Macintosh or Windows that allows the user to analyze, synthesize, and manipulate speech.

Interactive Unicode IPA chart Allows you to click on symbols in the chart and then select, copy and then paste IPA into any document without needing a special font

McGurk effect

The bimodal nature of speech understanding - a demonstration of the famous "hearing lips , seeing voices" experiment. Click on McGurk Effect Demo to actually experience the McGurk effect. What you see affects what you hear!

SineWave Synthesis

An interactive demonstration of time-varying SineWave Synthesis and related research. This section lets you take part in an online perception test by listening to the synthesized tokens in the Sentences area.

Synthesized speech

Examples of different types of speech synthesis in a number of languages.

Online Applied Linguistics Journals

LA Language World
Language Documentation & Conservation
Teachers College, Columbia University Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
Reading in a Foreign Language


Linguistics and Applied Linguistics organizations

The Linguist List
Linguistic Society of America (LSA)
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA)
International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis

American Dialect Society (ADS)

American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)