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Grammars for Linguists: On the Web

Information on locating reference (and other) grammars for use in linguistics, with an emphasis on ebooks.

Locating Grammars in Google

Locating grammars on Google requires a knowledge of Google search strategies and Boolean operators (see the tab above). Here are a few example searches that you can use.

"the moloko language" OR "a grammar of moloko"

A search for Moloko grammars.

This search will return nearly 4,000 results. To remove some items from the results, we could remove a few of the results.

"the moloko language" OR "a grammar of moloko" -site:amazon.com -site:semanticscholar.org

Subtracting out sites.

This is the same search that we did above, but we have removed Amazon and Semantic Scholar from the results. Several more relevant results are climbing up to the top.

(Chukchian OR Chukotian OR Chukotan OR Kamchukchee OR Kamchukotic OR Chukotko-Kamchatkan) AND grammar

The search for Chukotko-Kamchatkan grammars.

The above search is for a grammar of languages in the Chukotko-Kamchatkan language family. The OR operator here ensures that we are looking for other names that are used for the language family.

(Chukchian OR Chukotian OR Chukotan OR Kamchukchee OR Kamchukotic OR Chukotko-Kamchatkan) AND grammar site:edu OR site:org -inurl:wiki

The search for Chukotko-Kamchatkan grammars with some things removed from the results.

This next search is longer, but it removes results from wikis and specifies that we want .edu or .org sites.

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