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

Consultation hours for literature research

Our subject librarians for General and Comparative Linguistics 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
  • Support for working with literature management programs

Please make an appointment by e-mail. The consultation can also be made using a tool such as Skype, Zoom, or Jitsi.

For further services of our subject librarians please visit the portal for humanities and theology of the University Library of Bern (in German).



Our collection in general and comparative linguistics and literature can be requested through our online catalog swisscovery Universität und PH 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