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Librarian-curated research guide for English resources.

What is Linguistics?

Why is the plural of goose geese, but the plural of moose is not meese? Why do some Americans use the word "pop" and some use "soda" or "coke" to describe carbonated beverages? What exactly is the Oxford comma, and why does it drive some people crazy? Linguistics - which is "the study of human speech, including the units, nature, structure, and modification of language" - can tell us! This page provides lots of resources for studying linguistics.

Featured Books for Linguistics

The Wonders of Language: Or: How to Make Noises and Influence People
The Truth about Language: what it is and where it came from
Making Sense: the glamorous story of English grammar
The Routledge Handbook of Migration and Language
International Encyclopedia of Linguistics
Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics
Dictionary of American Regional English

Tips for Searching

Subject headings are often a more accurate and comprehensive way of searching for a topic than keyword searching. Subject headings can be found on the left-hand column of search results in the catalog, or at the end of a book's catalog entry.


Here are some sample subject searches:

Recommended Web Resources

Special Resources: Corpus Linguistics

Corpus linguistics is a method of linguistic research that uses corpora, or large databases of text, to analyze language use.