Web Links: Language & Dictionaries


The American Heritage® Dictionaryof the English Language provided by Bartleby.com.  Bartleby is an Internet publisher- but the ads are fewer and less annoying than with most commercial pages.  The site contains several reference works in addition to the dictionary.  This is an excellent reference resource.  (see General Encyclopedias & Dictionaries on the Index page.)

CAL - Center for Applied Linguistics "CAL is a private, non-profit organization: a group of scholars and educators who use the findings of linguistics and related sciences in identifying and addressing language-related problems. CAL carries out a wide range of activities including research, teacher education, analysis and dissemination of information, design and development of instructional materials, technical assistance, conference planning, program evaluation, and policy analysis. "  CAL's mission is to promote and improve the teaching and learning of languages; identify and solve problems related to language and culture; serve as a resource for information about language and culture; and conduct research on issues related to language and culture.  Items are for sale.

The CMU Pronouncing Dictionary "The Carnegie Mellon University Pronouncing Dictionary is a machine-readable pronunciation dictionary for North American English that contains over 125,000 words and their transcriptions."

Guide to Grammar and Writing  "Maintained by Professor Charles Darling for English courses at Capital Community College and for the general online public," this page has been visited over 4.5 million times as of 8-15-2001.  Sections include: "Word & Sentence Level; Paragraph Level; Essay & Research Paper Level; Ask Grammar, Quizzes, Search Devices; Peripherals & PowerPoints; GrammarPoll; Guestbook; Awards."  Information and links provided by Professor Darling should be helpful to students, teachers, writers, or anyone interested in English language construction.  A+

Linguistics - Dialect Speakers Provided by Educational CyberPlayground.net, this site provides links to research on African American Black Venacular, Spanglish, Changlish, Dialect, Creole, Patois, and Pidgin. There are ads, but if linguistics is your topic they shouldn't get in the way.  Sections include: Vernacular; Issues & Opinions; Resources; Links; African Languages Articles; Creole Experts; Visual & Tactile Language; Literature; Fun; Computer Language.  "A language is a dialect with an army and a navy." attributed to Max Weinreich.

Merriam-Webster OnLine "Merriam-Webster OnLine was launched in 1996 at www.merriam-webster.com, and has quickly become the language center on the World Wide Web. Visitors gain access to the full-text of Merriam-Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus as well as a wealth of language related information including The Word of the Day, a daily word game, and an online bookstore."

Nueva Alejandría Internet "Our mission is to help others in connecting through the Internet, and to provide Hispanic schools, teachers and students with a place they can call their own."  This is a commercial page in Spanish with links to Hispanic educational sites.  There is a section for "pen pals" which may be of interest to Spanish teachers.  [Note 7-12-04/ 3:30 p.m.  CDT this site was very slow!]

What Is ... From TechTarget.com, this page enables searching "definitions for thousands of the most current IT-related [information technology] words."  If you don't know abacus from abandonware or zoopraxiscope from zulu this is your chance.

Your Dictionary .com A good searchable dictionary - beginning in English with about 270 additional languages available (according to their main page).  A section of "Incredibly Cool Language Tools" includes: Thesaurus, Rhyming, Phrase, Pronunciation, Acronym, Synonym, Homophone, Antonym, and Spelling dictionaries.  There are also Library and Game Room sections for wordies.  Advertising is prominent but isn't an obstacle to use.