For one to find out about the definitions of "generative grammar", "sandhi phenomenon", "agglutinative morphology", etc.

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    Yes even linguistics experts are unlikely to be expert in all fields so I'm sure there will be some terms that any of would have to look up sooner or later. – hippietrail Sep 14 '11 at 9:32

The only one which I have really used in that past is the Lexicon of Linguistics. There is also the Glossary of linguistic terms, which does not seem to be as complete. A brief search also revealed this Linguistics Glossary, which has very few entries.

In print, there are potentially more options, such as A Dictionary of Linguistics & Phonetics, but I imagine that these can become outdated rather quickly (which is not to say that websites do not, in practice, but they are theoretically easier to maintain).

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    The Online Dictionary of Language Terminology is also somewhat useful. – Ross Kirsling Sep 14 '11 at 14:22
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    In print I swear by Trask's two dictionaries, "A Dictionary of Phonetics and Phonology" and "A Dictionary of Grammatical Terms in Linguistics". – kaleissin Sep 14 '11 at 21:49
  • I'd second the mention of Trask's books. They are a bit dated now but even so his definitions are highly readable and back by wide familiarity with the field. – pat Sep 15 '11 at 23:30
  • +1 to SIL's Glossary of Linguistic Terms – Arthaey Dec 8 '11 at 7:08

I know we've already mentioned it a dozen times already - but I always find Wikipedia a good mix of basic definitions and indepth discussion. It usually doesn't seem to be too theoretically biased either.

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