Language now makes available two electronic indices to its contents, both of which are given below. Each one offers, for a different time period, an alphabetical listing of all titles and authors of articles, notes, reviews, and books reviewed to be found in the pages of the journal.

First, there is the Twentieth-Century Index, edited by Meghan Sumner and former Language editor Mark Aronoff, which spans the first 76 years of the journal’s publication (1925-2000, thus covering all of Language in the 20th century).  A bound print version of this index was published in 2002 in limited numbers, and is no longer available (though it is to be found in some libraries). Second, there is the Twenty-first Century Index, which is being compiled and updated (in electronic form only) on a year-by-year basis from the indices prepared annually for each volume of Language in this century; it now therefore covers the journal from 2001 on, and will be updated each subsequent year.

Each of these is presented here as an individual pdf file. You may download each one and open them to browse through or to print out for your use.

Note however that the Twentieth-Century Index is a large document, nearly 600 print pages long. This length means that it is also a huge file (some 5 or more mb) and thus, even though it is searchable using tools available via Acrobat, it is somewhat unwieldy to work with (and time-consuming to print). We hope to put together a more easily searchable version of this document. The nascent Twenty-first Century Index is still a quite manageable size but (obviously) will grow each year.

We are aware that the Twentieth-Century Index contains some errors and there are some omissions (in part due to the nature of the process—scanning of earlier printed indexes—by which it was created); if you notice any lapses or mistakes, you will be doing the journal and the profession a service by letting the Language office know, as a corrected version (electronic only—no new print version is planned) is in the works.

20th Century Index (Preface)
20th Century Index