Links and resources

  • COMD News is a blog that compiles articles, news, events and research in speech, language, and hearing disorders. It is run by the Callier Library, a satellite facility of the University of Texas at Dallas. From the site:

The library supports the graduate-level programs and faculty in communications sciences which are located at the center. It also supports the work of clinicians in hearing and speech disorders who work at both campuses of the Callier Center. One of the missions of Callier Library is to be a useful source of information to the international community of researchers and clinicians in communication disorders. To that end, this web log of citations and news in the field has been built and maintained by Allen Clayton, the Callier Center Librarian.

  • Omniglot is a guide to the writing systems and languages of the world. From the site:

It also contains tips on learning languages, language-related articles, quite a large collection of useful phrases in many languages, multilingual texts, a multilingual book store and an ever-growing collection of links to language-related resources.

  • Finally, some books:
    • Christine Kenneally is a journalist who has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate and New Scientist, as well as other publications. She is the author of The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language, about the evolution of imitation, gesture, abstract thought, and speech. Her website features some of her recent articles.
    • Daniel Everett’s book, Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle is now out in paperback. Everett, who spoke at Columbia in October, is an expert on the Pirahã people of the Amazon, and Don’t Sleep tells the story of his experiences and his startling discoveries about Pirahã language and culture.
    • David Crystal’s 2008 book, Txtng: The Gr8 Db8, discusses the effect of text messaging on language, and poses the question: “Does texting spell the end of western civilization?”