Linguistics/Further reading

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General linguistics

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  • Maddieson, Ian (1984). Patterns of Sounds. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-26536-3.
  • Language Universals and Linguistic Typology, by Bernard Comrie


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  • Robinson, Andrew (1995). The Story of Writing. London: Thames & Hudson Ltd. ISBN 0-500-28156-4.

Psycholinguistics and Language Acquisition

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  • Roeper, Thomas (2007). The Prism of Grammar. MIT press. ISBN 0262182521.

Computational Linguistics

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  • Charniak, Eugene (1996). Statistical Language Learning. MIT Press. ISBN 0262531410.


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  • Bickerton, Derek (2008). Bastard Tongues. Hill and Wang. ISBN 0809028174.

Evolution of Language

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  • Labov, W. (2001). Principles of Linguistic Changes: Social Factors. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Lakoff, Robin T. (2000). The Language War. Berkely, CA: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-21666-0
  • Meyerhoff, Miriam. (2006). Introducing Sociolinguistics. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-39948-3
  • Milroy, Lesley and Gordon. Matthew. (2003) Sociolinguistics: Method and Interpretation London: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 0-631-22225-1. (More advanced, but has lots of good examples and describes research methodologies to use.)
  • Paulston, Christina Bratt and G. Richard Tucker, editors. 1997. The early days of sociolinguistics: memories and reflections.‭(Publications in Sociolinguistics, 2.) Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.
  • Trudgill, Peter. (2000). Sociolinguistics: An Introduction to Language and Society(4th Ed.). London: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-028921-6 This book is a very readable, if Anglo-centric, introduction for the non-linguist.
  • Watts, Richard J. (2003). Politeness. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.ISBN 978-0-521-79406-0. A sociolinguistics book specializing in the research in politeness. It's a little tough at times, but very helpful and informational.