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Other Language Resources

Selected Books, CDs, DVDs

Deutscher, Guy, Dr.
Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages
P140.D487 2010
Linguist Deutscher, scholar of ancient Semitic languages at the University of Leiden in Holland, explores how our language colors our perception of the world.
Deutscher, Guy, Dr.
The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention
P116.D48 2005
Drawing on recent discoveries in modern linguistics, Deutscher exposes the elusive forces of creation at work in human communication, giving us fresh insight into how language emerges, evolves, and decays.
Harrison, K. David
The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World's Most Endangered Languages
P40.5.E53 H37 2010
Harrison, co-star of the Sundance feature film The Linguists and National Geographic Society fellow, travels the globe recording dying languages and interviewing last speakers in Australia, India, Papua New Guinea and Bolivia.
Harrison, K. David
The Linguists
(DVD) P40.5.L33 L56 2008x
In this 2007 documentary film, join linguists Gregory Anderson and David Harrison as they race to document languages on the verge of extinction while encountering a host of obstacles including institutionalized racism, violent economic unrest, and their own fears and preconceived notions.
McWhorter, John H.
The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language
P140.M34 2001
McWhorter touches upon linguistic theory, geography, history, and pop culture to tell the story of how thousands of very different languages have evolved from a single, original source in a natural process similar to biological evolution.
McWhorter, John H.
The Story of Human Language
(CD) P140.M35 2004x pt. 1, 2, 3
DVD 417.7 S Part 1, 2, 3
Available on both CD and DVD, this Learning Company 3 part course consists of thirty-six lectures delivered by Professor John McWhorter of the Manhattan Institute in which he examines the origins and development of human language.
Ostler, Nicholas
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Chairman of the Foundation of Endangered Languages, Ostler traces the history of the world as seen through the spread and demise of languages.
Pinker, Steven
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
P106.P476 2007x
Pinker, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology psycholinguist, published this classic in 1994, in which he holds that language is an instinct, an evolutionary adaptation that is partly "hard-wired" into the brain and partly learned.

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  • Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center
    The Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center at the University of Pittsburgh offers courses in American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic (Modern Standard), Aymara, Egyptian Arabic, Greek (Modern), Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Iraqi Arabic, Irish Gaelic, Moroccan Arabic, Persian (Farsi), Quechua, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese and Xhosa. We also offer courses that support these languages, including ASL Literature, ASL Culture, Arabic Linguistics and Modern Arabic Literature.

Web Sites

  • Forvo: The Pronunciation Guide
    Forvo is an online pronouncing dictionary with 1,453,224 words, 1,568,315 pronunciations and 300 languages (as of 10/31/2012).
  • Reverso Online Dictionaries
    Search words or phrases in Collins and other renowned dictionaries for French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Chinese.
  • Word Reference
    Online dictionaries for French, Italian, German, Russian and Spanish, and also Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Czech, Greek, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Arabic.