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Query:   Books for Linguistics Entrance Exam
Author:  Deborah Ruuskanen
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   General Linguistics

Summary:   Regarding my recent request for help with a general book on
language/linguistics for use in a department entrance exam:
Thanks and gratitude go to the following persons who took the time to
reply and make thoughtful suggestions

Mayrene Bentley
Claudia Bubel
Eleonora Deak
Agnieszka Lazorczyk
G.R. Sampson
Thorsten Schr?ter
Stuart Stewart
Larry Trask

Hopefully each of the above has been thanked personally, and I've gotten
everyone who replied into the above list. Thanks again.

After considerable debate, it was decided in committee to use

Aitchison, Jean (1999) Linguistics: An Introduction 2nd ed.

as the book for the entrance exam. While not boring you with the debate,
suffice it to say that in 2003 we will be using

Trask, Larry (2000) Introducing Linguistics. Icon Books
ISBN 1840461691

The book most often recommended was

Yule, George (1996) The Study of Language, 2nd ed. Cambridge University
Press. ISBN 0-521-56851-x (pb.)

followed in second place by

Poole, Stuart C. (1999) An Introduction to Linguistics, Palgrave.
(formerly Macmillan Press) ISBN: 0333692187 (pb.)

Another book mentioned was

Fromkin, Victoria & Rodman, Robert (1998) An Introduction to Language,
6th ed. Fort Worth: Harcourt, Brace College Publishers

The Yule and Poole books were both deemed too difficult for an absolute
beginner, but I was sufficiently impressed by both of them that I have
chosen them as the new books for the Introduction to Linguistics course,
replacing in Autumn 2002 the books we are currently using, which are out
of date.

Thanks again for all your help.
Deborah D.K. Ruuskanen
Professor of English Linguistics
University of Vaasa, Finland

LL Issue: 12.2547
Date Posted: 12-Oct-2001
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