Summer reading -UPDATED 6.8.2014

by Jeanette Sakel

I know you’ve probably got other things to do (like lying on the beach, sipping cool drinks and meeting up with friends), but if you would like to read a bit about the stuff you’ll be doing next year, here are lists of suggested reading. Please note that this post will be added to as and when I hear back from colleagues.

Please note: this is not the ‘ultimate’ list yet, and changes may very well occur. Yet, for summer reading, this list is perfect and should keep you occupied for a while 🙂


Incoming students, Level 1


  • Yule The study of languageLINK
  • Jones, R. H. (2012) Discourse Analysis. London: Routledge
  • Kress, G. R., &  Van Leeuwen, T. (2006) Reading images: the grammar of visual design. London: Routledge
  • Pullum. 2005. A student’s introduction to English grammar. Cambridge: CUP.

Those on English Language and Linguistics (additional texts):

  • Sakel & Everett Linguistic Fieldwork Cambridge University Press: LINK
  • Meyerhoff, M Introducing Sociolinguistics: LINK
  • recommended: R. Lieber Introducing Morphology CUP: LINK
  • recommended: R. Coates Word Structure: LINK
  • Baker, P. (2009) Contemporary Corpus Linguistics. London: Continuum
  • Coulthard, M. and  Johnson, A. (2007) An Introduction to Forensic Linguistics: Language in Evidence, Oxford, Routledge
  • Ashby, Patricia. 2011. Understanding phonetics. London: Hodder.
  • Yule, George. 2008. Pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Level 2

Language Acquisition

TB1 a reading list consisting of a number of chapters from different textbooks, but recommended reading is:
  • Ellis, Rod. 2000. Second language acquisition. Oxford: OUP.
  • [Saville-Troike, Muriel (2012) Introducing Second Language Acquisition. 2nd. Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: LINK]

Language and the Mind

TB1: a mixture of different books. Recommended reading includes:

  • Harley, T.A. (2010) Talking the Talk, chapters 5-8: LINK
  • Paul Warren’s (2012) Introducing Psycholinguistics, chapters 1-9: LINK

TB2: a mixture of texts, including as recommended reading:

  • M. Tallerman (2011) ‘Understanding Syntax’, third edition: LINK

Language, skills and enterprise

TB1: a wide range of materials.

TB2: a range of materials. There are a number of good ‘methods’ books. One book that I like is Z. Dörnyei Research Methods in Applied Linguistics: LINK, but the lecturers on the module will also provide you with other recommended reading.

Analysing culture: language and the visual

  • Jackson, H., and E. Ze Amvela (2000) Words, meaning and vocabulary. Bloomsbury.
  • Cruse, D.A. (2010) Meaning in language (3rd edn). Oxford University Press.

Level 3

Language Project recommended reading:

  • Wray, Alison and Bloomer, Aileen (2012) Projects in Linguistics and Language Studies. 3rd. edition. Croydon: Hodder Education: LINK  
Language contact and bilingualism: We’ll be using some chapters written by me (Jeanette), supplemented by the following recommended reading:
  • Matras, Yaron. 2009. Language Contact. Cambridge University Press: LINK (if you want to buy a book, I’d recommend to buy this one)
  • Donal Winford. 2002: an Introduction to contact linguistics: LINK

Creative Writing and the Self:

  • TB1: Hunt, C. and F. Sampson. 2006.  Writing: Self and Reflexivity.  Basingstoke: Palgrave: LINK
  • TB2: Riessman, C.K.  2008.  Narrative Methods for the Human Sciences.  London: Sage: LINK
The cultural history of the English Language: the following two are core books. “Buy at least one” says Richard. He also has a lot of extra recommended reading, which you’ll find in the module handbook.
  • Baugh & Cable A history of the English LanguageLINK, you can also go for the older edition (which Richard owns): LINK
  • Crystal The stories of English: LINK
  • Gramley, Stephan (2012) The history of English. Routledge.
Critical discourse analysis:
Charteris-Black, J. (2014) Analysing Political Speeches: Rhetoric, Discourse  and Metaphor. Palgrave-MacMillan (bookshop order placed)
Recommended reading:

  • Charteris-Black, J. (2014) Analysing Political Speeches: Rhetoric, Discourse  and Metaphor. Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave-MacMillan
  • Jaworski, A & Coupland, N. 2nd edition (2006) The Discourse Reader. London: Routledge
  • Richardson, J .E. (2007) Analysing newspapers: an approach from critical discourse analysis. Palgrave
Gender, power and (im)politeness in language: to be added
Harmer, J (2007) The Practice of English Language Teaching 4th Ed. Longman ELT:Harlow (with DVD):

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