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The Resource List of The Week – Linguistics

This week, our Resource List of the Week concentrates on Linguistics. Before starting, let’s give a definition to his topic.

What is Linguistics?

According to the Oxford Dictionary, Linguistics can be defined as

“The study of language and its structure, including the study of grammar, syntax, and phonetics.”

To better understand the topic, we suggest you read these following titles.

1. An Introduction to Language – Fromkin, Victoria/Rodman, Robert/Hyams, Nina

An Introduction to Language

This title provides a clear and understandable introduction to the subject. Firstly, it explores the concepts of morphology, syntax, and patterns in language. Secondly, the book outlines how the language is adopted in different societies and how this has changed over time. Finally, it discusses how a language can affect cognition and how that can change humans.

2. The Sounds of Language – Zsiga, Elizabeth C.

The Sounds of Language

This book is an introductory guide to the linguistic study of the speech sounds by providing a uniquely balanced coverage of both phonology and phonetics. Firstly, the title creates opportunities for students to practice data analysis and hypothesis testing, with exercises and problem sets. Secondly, it integrates data on sociolinguistic variation, first language acquisition, and second language learning.

3. How Children Learn Language – O’Grady, William

How Children Learn Language

This title is the definitive guide for using typography in visual communication, from the printed page to the computer screen. Firstly, it outlines the latest information about style sheets for print and the web; secondly, it shows the use of ornaments and captions, and lining and non-lining numerals. Thirdly, the book outlines the use of small caps and enlarged capitals, as well as information on captions, font licensing, mixing typefaces, and hand lettering. Finally, throughout the book, visual examples show how to be inventive within systems of typographic form, what the rules are and how to break them.

4. Applying Linguistics – McIntyre, Dan/Price, Hazel

Applying Linguistics

This book explores the socio-cultural and economic impact of research in linguistics and outlines its challenges. The chapters provide a critical discussion on the concept of impact, as well as an examination of both the constraints and opportunities that it brings. Furthermore, the book discusses: case studies of impact-focused research from leading scholars, such as M. Lynne Murphy, David Britain, Peter French and Bas Aarts; the impact from the perspective of the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF); various insights and opinions from academics, practitioners and journalists; personal reflection on the nature of impact from the ESRC’s Interim Chief Executive; and practical advice on generating and evidencing impact.

5. Understanding Linguistic Fieldwork – Meakins, Felicity/Green, Jennifer/Turpin, Myfany

Understanding Linguistic Fieldwork

This title offers a diverse and practical introduction to the research methods used in linguistics. Firstly, it is designed to teach students how to collect quality linguistic data in an ethical and responsible manner. Secondly, it focuses on fieldwork in countries and continents that have undergone colonial expansion, including Australia, the United States of America, Canada, South America and Africa. Furthermore, it provides a description of specialist methods used to conduct research on a phonological, grammatical and lexical description, as well as an explanation of the methodologies adopted by research on gesture and sign, language acquisition, language contact and the verbal arts. Also, the book outlines examples of resources originated from the collaborations with language communities. These are adopted for advance linguistic understanding and support language revitalisation work. Finally, the title provides an annotated guidance on sources useful for further reading.


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