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LINGUIST List 22.86

Wed Jan 05 2011

Qs: Reading Suggestions: Introductory Linguistics

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        1.     Johanna Rubba , Reading Suggestions: Introductory Linguistics

Message 1: Reading Suggestions: Introductory Linguistics
Date: 04-Jan-2011
From: Johanna Rubba <jrubbacalpoly.edu>
Subject: Reading Suggestions: Introductory Linguistics
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Hello, everyone,

I would like to compile a list of shortish readings about language for my
introduction to linguistics students (and perhaps for use in other courses, as
well). Of course, I would like them to be linguistically sound. The topics
should be ones that would interest the general reader who is in the process
of gaining new insights and new information about language. The articles
should be accessible to the general reader. The length I have in mind is, say,
the typical length of a New Yorker or Atlantic Monthly feature article. It
would be helpful if the articles were accessible full-text online, including
through library databases. Some examples I can think of from my own reading
habits include a NYer article about Dan Everett's work on Pirahã, an Atl.
Monthly one about growing official-language movements for Celtic languages
in England, something somewhere about language evolution, something
somewhere about language in Neanderthals -- so the topic range is pretty
wide open. They don't have to be recent, as long as the content is
sound.

Newspaper articles would be too short. But if you have some that have a
reference to a longer work, it would be helpful to pass that on.

If you have some in mind, could you send along the bibliographic information
plus a very short summary of the article (1-3 sentences)?

I will post a summary of my responses to the list.

Thank you, and Happy 2011 to you all!

Dr. Johanna Rubba, Ph. D.
Professor, Linguistics
Linguistics Minor Advisor
English Dept.
Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Ofc. tel. : 805-756-2184
Dept. tel.: 805-756-2596
Dept. fax: 805-756-6374
E-mail: jrubbacalpoly.edu
URL: http://cla.calpoly.edu/~jrubba

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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