Research Guides


Language and Culture

This Web page gives recommendations of resources to use and the terms to search in them for topics related to language and culture. (How language influences culture, how culture influences language, effects of immigrants, assimilation, etc.) Language Research Topics has links to pages with suggestions for other language topics.

Books, in call number ranges P 27- P35

Search SAGE using:

  • Language and culture

Search Education Index (print) using:

  • cultural differences
  • acculturation
  • language and culture
  • intercultural communication

Search Social Sciences Index (print) using:

  • language and culture

Search Academic Search Premier using:

  • biculturalism
  • language & culture
  • multilingual persons
  • multilingualism
  • intercultural communication
  • acculturation
  • assimilation and language
Be certain to combine terms in the databases below to find more precisely what you need. Also, you don't want to be searching through large sets of search results. See Advanced Searching Tips for suggestions.

Search PsycINFO using:

  • Cross cultural differences
  • Language
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Sociocultural factors

Search Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts using:

  • language and culture

Search PAIS using:

  • [language: French, Spanish, English, etc.] language
  • [country: France, Mexico] culture
  • assimilation sociology
  • plural societies

Search Chicano Database (1992-1998) using:

  • language arts
  • cultural characteristics
  • language
  • culture
  • identity
  • Chicano dialects
  • self-referent
  • language usage
  • assimilation
  • stereotypes
  • discrimination
  • Sociolinguistics
  • English as a second language
  • acculturation
  • intergroup relations
  • intercultural communication
  • Spanish language

Search MLA Bibliography using:

  • language
  • culture
  • language-policy
  • Sociolinguistics

Hyphens (-) in MLA Bibliography do make a difference to your search results.

Search Family and Society Studies Worldwide using:

  • language development
  • family culture
  • families
  • ethnic groups
  • acculturation
  • adaption
  • cultural sensitivity
  • communication
  • culture
  • cultural identity
  • transnational families

Note: CSU no longer subscribes to the index listed below, but the terms should work if your library has it:

Search Black Studies using:

  • Sociolinguistics
  • language and culture

Be sure to evaluate the sources you find. Use How to Evaluate Books and How to Evaluate Articles for suggestions of things to examine.