NACLO 2011 - Student Reading List
Theories of Linguistics
- What is
Linguistics? III - A very short (~450 words) and very approachable
characterization of linguistics from Cambridge emphasizing interdisciplinarity.
is Linguistics? IV - Most of the introductory ~7 page first chapter
("What Is Linguistics?") of a linguistics
textbook; last two pages are missing but it is useful nonetheless.
An Introduction - This is a textbook, Linguistics: An Introduction,
by Andrew Radford, Martin Atkinson, David Britain, Harald
Clahsen, and Andrew Spencer, published in
1999. This textbook is available via Google Books. The book covers a
very wide range of topics and is very accessible. The only problem is
that every 5-10 pages or so, Google cuts out a page or two.
is Linguistics? V - Very general, very approachable, very short
(~300 words) introduction to field and sub-fields from the University of
Otago with a slight advertisement at the end.
is Linguistics? VII - Brief (~500 word) and
general introduction from Santa Cruz to the major sub-fields and some of
what they consider to be interdisciplinary areas of linguistics.
- What is
Linguistics? VIII - ~500 word introduction to the most general
questions asked by the field.
- What is
Linguistics? IX - A fairly thorough and slightly playful ~1000 word
introduction to linguistics, its sub-fields, and sub-sub-fields from
some obscure guy named Jon Aske. The bit about
his dissertation at the end can be safely ignored.
- What is
Linguistics? X - ~2000 word, very thorough, includes accounts of
major schools of thought within linguistics; extra detail about
sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.
- What is
Linguistics? XI - ~650 word introduction, more general than above,
plus historical info.
- FAQ About Linguistics
- General FAQ from our very own John Lawler. ~1000 words.
Society of America, an Overview - ~2000 word, thoughtful and very
well-written introduction to linguistics and its major sub-orientations;
very light on computational.
- Why major in Linguistics?
-A good concrete ~2000 word initiation to linguistics with plenty of
examples of opportunities that come with an undergraduate degree in
linguistics. Written to the beginning undergraduate student but
accessible to anyone.
- The Linguist List
Natural Language, and Computational Linguistics Meta-index
for Computational Linguistics
to Linguistics Study Guide - This is an introductory linguistics
textbook which includes practice problems. This is an excellent
resource. Very accessible, plenty of charts,
well presented. This was the thesis project of Laura E. Hughes and Anna Gartsman, two students at Northwest University. This
PDF contains the full book.
for Beginners - This site has a very accessible introduction to
phonetics, phonology, and morphology, as well as some other topics.
Click on "Navigation" at the very right of the bar at the top
of the page, and this will give you a list of the available topics,
however, "morphology" is not on this list, although it is
available. To access the morphology chapter, click the ">"
button on the top left of the page.
Introduction to Linguistics: Language, Grammar, and Semantics by Syal & Jindal, published in 2007, available via
Google books - Very accessible, but, once again, some of the pages are
to Text Linguistics - This site contains a very full and in depth,
yet very accessible introduction to text linguistics. I'm not sure,
however, how relevant this is to the kinds of problems found in NACLO.
NSF introduction to sociolinguistics.
to Linguistics - This site has some files containing introductions
to some linguistic topics available for download. I haven’t tried
downloading any of them myself, however.
site provides brief overviews of the major topics in linguistics. Very
- A brief intro to
phonology and phonetics. - This is the only full chapter available
on this site, however.
- Intro to
Linguistics - This site contains some resources, mostly practice
problems, for most of the major topics in linguistics.
- This site
contains an introduction to many topics. However, this site, though
introductory, is a little less accessible than some of the others. Also,
this site explains linguistics more from a cognitive science point of
view, and the topics are not listed under the standard names (syntax,
semantics, etc). However, all of the major
topics are covered.
Lectures - Click ?E-Lectures? on the left hand side of the page for a list of
lectures. The lectures are very accessible, yet fairly detailed as well.
- Wikibooks introduction to linguistics
of Oregon â€“ Explore Linguistics!
List’s Language Links
- Ethnologue: Languages of the World
"What is Linguistics?" site.
- An introduction
Articles Overviewing Linguistics
Linguistics - A sophisticated ~1000 word article on CL with emphasis
on historical development and international aspects. Written in 1996, so
- What is
Computational Linguistics? - ~1000 word piece by Hans Uszkoreit with emphasis on applied CL and lots of
Departments at Universities and Colleges
break from studying
40 Linguistics Departments - Sites with Resources
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