Studying Linguistics (and/or English Language)?

by Jeanette Sakel If you are about to embark on studying Linguistics (and/or English Language), you may want to see if you can borrow the following book from the library – or even purchase a copy. SSoL thumbnail I wrote this book specifically for undergraduate students of Linguistics (and/or English Language) after working with new students for over a decade. During this time I found out that many new students have similar questions:

  • How do I do well in the assessment?
  • Where do I find more information?
  • What is critical thinking?
  • What sort of job can I do upon graduation – and how do I prepare for that?

Also, students are confronted with terms like ‘preposition’, ‘morpheme’ and similar in their first year, and sometimes lecturers take it for granted that students understand what they mean when using these terms. My book Study Skills for Linguistics deals with all of these issues. After a general introduction (chapter 1), the first half of the book looks at terminological questions, such as:

  • What is language (including spoken, written and signed language) (chapter 2)
  • Sounds (and how they are analysed) (chapter 3)
  • Word classes (dealing with prepositions and the like) (chapter 4)
  • The grammar of words (about morphemes, inflection, derivation and grammatical categories) (chapter 5)
  • Clauses and sentences (chapter 6)
  • Meaning and discourse (chapter 7)

The second part of the book introduces a range of study skills in relation to language, but also relevant for others areas of study, including:

  • Understanding approaches to language: Theory and practice (chapter 8)
  • Research methods (collecting, analysing and presenting data) (chapter 9)
  • Assessment: presenting your skills (chapter 10)
  • How to find out more about language (chapter 11)
  • Careers: what to do with linguistics and how to get a job (chapter 12)
  • Personal development (what you can get out of studying linguistics) (chapter 13)

There is a detailed glossary at the end of the book, which I hope is useful. There is also an index, guidance for further reading and many exercises. The link to Routledge (the publisher) is here. The book is also available on Amazon.

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