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General and Comparative Linguistics and Literature

Kindlers Literatur Lexikon Entries on the most important works of world literature from its inception to the present day

MLA International, in particular American and European literature, comparative and historical linguistics, literary criticism and theory

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts LLBA Abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences

Linguistic Bibliography Key international bibliography on linguistics with more than 300,000 references

Bibliography of Linguistic Literature BLLDB One of the most important bibliographic information sources for general as well as English, German and Romance linguistics

General and Comparative Linguistics and Literature

Consultation hours for literature research

Are you planning to write a term paper, bachelor's or master's thesis?

Our subject librarians in General and Comparative Linguistics and Literature would be pleased to assist you in making full use of the resources of the University Library Bern:

  • Assistance in researching your topic
  • Using specialized databases
  • Help with search strategies

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The majority of our collection in general and comparative linguistics and literature is housed in closed stack areas and can be requested through our online catalog swissbib Basel Bern. Open access holdings can be found in the following libraries:

Basisbibliothek Unitobler BTO

  • Textbooks and introductory literature for students  
  • Research overviews
  • Reference grammars

Linguistics Library

  • Specialized academic literature on general linguistics, on historical-comparative linguistics and on Indo-European studies
  • Special areas:  psycholinguistics (especially language acquisition), Indian and Iranian (language and culture), Caucasus (language and culture), Tibeto-Burmese linguistics

Münstergasse Library

  • Reference works in the reading room
  • Lates issues of print journals in the Schultheissensaal