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|Subject:||Self-Taught Linguistic Approach|
|Question:||Hello respected experts of the Linguistics Branch, Looking for a book that covers a general overview of all Linguistic topics and sub-topics. On this page of the website http://linguistlist.org/pubs/books/index.cfm there is an extensive list in the ''Linguistic Field'' list. Are you able to recommend the least amount of textbooks required that would briefly cover all areas in this list and provide next steps to continue the study? Let me know if such a piece of literature exists and which book covers the topic with a very optimistic view point covering all different approaches to the science. Thank you in advance! Please let me know if you have any questions! Regards, Kurt.R.Graham|
|Reply:||I am a fan of Steven Pinker's "Language Instinct" because it explains why theoretical linguists think the way they do. Another good one is "The Articulate Mammal" by Leila Gleitman. For more technical coverage, you can try an introductory linguistics textbook with example exercises. "Contempirary Linguistics" (Aranoff, et al) and "Language Files" (Ohio State University) are good picks in my opinion. But there have been several textbooks published in recent years. For more advanced fields, I would look for course syllabi online and see which textbooks come up.|
|Reply From:||Elizabeth J Pyatt click here to access email|