Book Reviews

Saturday, February 12th, 2011 @ 10:36AM

The Five Minute Linguist

ed. by Rickerson and Hilton –Review by Lee Ballard The Five Minute Linguist is an excellent book to introduce beginners or laypeople to topics of current interest in linguistics. Composed completely of short chapters on subjects like what the original language was, who speaks Italian, and  how children acquire grammar,…

Sunday, December 12th, 2010 @ 10:32AM

Syntax: A Generative Introduction

by Andrew Carnie –Review by Joel Deacon Carnie’s Introduction to Syntax is a decent place to begin an exploration of syntactic theory. Carnie is often cited in many syntactic papers and proves himself to be a fairly easy read.  If one is serious about syntactic theory or if you are…

Friday, November 12th, 2010 @ 10:35AM

Introducing Phonology

by David Odden –Review by Lee Ballard David Odden’s Introduction to Phonology text is an ok introduction to the field.  Strong points include problem sets with data from a wide variety of languages, approaches to phonology from the different schools of the past hundred years (phonemicist, generative phonology with features,…

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 @ 10:37AM

Introduction to Typology: The Unity and Diversity of Language

by Lindsay J. Whaley –Review by Dong-yi Lin Whaley’s Introduction to Typology is an excellent introductory textbook for courses that deal with language typology or linguistic structures.  It assumes no prior knowledge of typology and is accessible to students who lack an advanced understanding of linguistics.  Covering not only basic…

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 @ 10:37AM

Surviving Linguistics: A Guide for Graduate Students

by Monica Macaulay –Review by Tyler McPeek The very existence of this book can be both a convenient text selection for grad research class professors in linguistics departments and an encouragement and a comfort for anyone working in the field.  It is the only book of its kind and therefore…

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