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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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The Active Side of Infinity (Carlos Castaneda)

Ancient Writings and Its Influence (Berthold Louis Ullman)

Animals in Translation (Temple Grandin)

Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax (Derek Bickerton and Eors Szathmary)

Codex (Lev Grossman)

The Concise Dictionary of 26 Languages in Simultaneous Translations Compiled (Peter M. Bergman)

Contemporary Linguistics: An Introduction (William O'Grady, John Archibald, Mark Aronoff and Janie Rees-Miller)

The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)

The Discovery of Language: Linguistic Science in the 19th Century (Holger Pedersen)

Dying Words (Nicholas Evans)

Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing (Chris Manning and Hinrich Schütze)

Genie: A Psycholinguistic Study of a Modern-day 'Wild Child' (Susan Curtiss)

The Grammar of Words (Geert Booij)

How Language Works (Michael Gasser)

I am a Strange Loop (Douglas R. Hofstadter)

The Importance of Not Being Earnest (Wally Chafe)

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)

Language (Leonard Bloomfield)

Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech (Edward Sapir)

Language Diversity and Thought (John Lucy)

The Languages of Pao (Jack Vance)

The Left Hand of Darkness (Ursula K. LeGuin)

Linguistic Fieldwork (Newman and Ratliff)

The Linguistics Student's Handbook (Laurie Bauer)

Metaphors We Live By (Lakoff and Johnson)

One Thousand Languages (Peter K. Austin)

Phonetic Symbol Guide (Pullum and Laduslaw)

The Power of Babel (John McWhorter)

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (Simon Winchester)

Sicily: Three Thousand Years of Human History (Sandra Benjamin)

Sociolinguistics of Globalization (Jan Blommaert)

Speech and Language Processing: An Introduction to Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics, and Speech Recognition (Daniel Jurafsky and James H. Martin)

The Story Behind the Word (Morton S. Freeman)

Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert Heinlein)

Surviving Linguistics: A Guide for Graduate Students (Monica Macaulay)

Syntax: A Generative Introduction (Andrew Carnie)

Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)

Translation Under Fascism (Christopher Rundle and Kate Sturge)

A Treasury for Word Lovers (Morton S. Freeman)

Why Do Languages Change (Robert Trask)

Writings in General Linguistics (Ferdinand de Saussure)



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References and Guides


SIL's Glossary of Linguistic Terms
by Eugene E. Loos (Ed.) (2006). An excellent introduction to the discipline of linguistics.

The Lingua Descriptive Studies Questionnaire
by Max Planck Institute. A list of terms and questions to keep in mind when doing field linguistics.

Leipzig Glossing Rules
by Max Planck Institute. Glossing conventions proposed by the Max Planck Inst.

Language Files 10
by Ohio State University (2007). An excellent introduction to the discipline of linguistics.

Changing Linguistic Pedagogy
by Marnie Jo Petray (2004). A case study of five introductory linguistics textbooks.

GOLD Ontology
A standard in data encoding to support linguistic data interoperability.




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