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LIN4425 Research Methods in Linguistics

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Jessica Moore
Research/Instruction Librarian
Berntsen Library

Background Reading for Linguistics Topics

Background reading is an essential starting point to any research project. The purpose of background reading is to get an overview of your topic and to begin to become acquainted with the key terms, names and events associated with your topic. A good place to begin your background reading is to find and read an article in a subject-specific reference book. The Berntsen Library collects reference books in both print and online formats. 

Reference Books for Background Reading

These subject-specific reference books are available at the Berntsen Library. They are worth a trip to the library in order to get a concise, authoritative overview of your Linguistics topic as you begin your research.

Linguistics e-Books

Linguistics Call Numbers

When looking for a book or searching for a topic of interest it may be helpful to browse the shelves.  Below are the Dewey Decimal System call numbers associated with this field of study:

410 Linguistics

411 Writing systems

412 Etymology

413 Dictionaries

414 Phonology

415 Structural systems (Grammar) 

416 No longer used

417 Dialectology & historical linguistics

418 Standard usage; Applied linguistics

419 Verbal language not spoken or written