Prelims Reading List

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Titles marked ‘*’ are required textbooks.

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Summer Reading

To be done before you start your undergraduate degree.

Introductory readings

  • Rickerson, E.M. & Barry Hilton (2012). The 5 Minute Linguist. Equinox, London.
    OR
  • McWhorter, John (2011). What Language Is (And What It Isn’t, And What It Could Be). Gotham, New York.

More advanced reading

  • Fromkin, Victoria; Robert Rodman, Nina Hyams (2013), An Introduction to Language (International edition). Wadsworth. [Any edition since 2008 will do.]

Textbooks and Readings for the First Year

In your first year you follow three courses in Linguistics: Paper VIII (General Linguistics), Paper IX (Phonetics and Phonology) and Paper X (Grammatical Analysis). Paper VIII covers Foundations, Psycholinguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics and Historical Linguistics, each organised in a four-week block. There is no single recommended textbook for Paper VIII, but a number of books are suggested as reference reading: these are organised under headings for each of the areas in the following list.

Paper VIII — General Linguistics

General, overall reference

  • Fromkin, Victoria; Robert Rodman, Nina Hyams (2013), An Introduction to Language (International edition). Wadsworth. [Any edition since 2008 will do.]

Foundations

In the Foundations block you will be introduced to key concepts in Linguistics. The first two of the following books are good for dipping into in order to find out about a variety of ideas and figures that have shaped modern Linguistics; the third offers a good grounding and introduction to the notions of Universal Grammar and I-language.

Psycholinguistics

Semantics and Pragmatics

  • Chapman, Siobhan (2011). Pragmatics. Palgrave-Macmillan, Basingstoke.
  • Elbourne, Paul (2011). Meaning: A Slim Guide to Semantics. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Sociolinguistics

Historical Linguistics

Paper IX — Phonetics and Phonology

Paper X — Grammatical Analysis

Useful general reference

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