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The Linguistics Student's Handbook

Laurie Bauer

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The book that tells you all the things you felt you were expected to know about linguistics, but were afraid to ask about.

  • What do you know about Burushaski and Miwok?
  • What's the difference between paradigmatic and syntagmatic?
  • What is E-language?
  • What is a language?
  • Do parenthetical and non-restrictive mean the same thing?
  • How do you write a bibiliographic entry for a work you have not seen?

Every student who has asked these questions needs this book. A compendium of useful things for linguistics students to know, from the IPA chart to the Saussurean dichotomies, this book will be the constant companion of anyone undertaking studies of linguistics. Part reference work, part revision guide, and with tables providing summary information on some 280 languages, the book provides a new learning tool as a supplement to the usual textbooks and glossaries.

About the Author

Laurie Bauer is Professor of Linguistics at the Victoria University of Wellington. He is an Editor of the journal Word Structure.


This book is a good idea. It’s not a textbook but a linguistics manual, full of information about concepts and practices and written in clear, straightforward language. It contains, for example, a mini language-file (for the many languages referred to in textbooks without further explanation); brief notes on central concepts in linguistics; the conventions of writing essays and assignments; technical terms that are have two or more uses and a list of online resources for linguists. There is something here for everyone engaged in Linguistics, from first-year undergraduates through final-year undergraduates and postgraduates to teaching staff. I foresee it being a constant companion.
- Professor Jim Miller, University of Auckland
The book is arranged logically and neatly. The short chapters mean that it takes very little time to find the information one is looking for, which is a bonus for students who will probably need to refer back to what they have read in the handbook more than once. The style is informative and clear… In conclusion, I will be strongly recommending this book to students, and I am sorry it did not exist when I was a student. I have yet to refer to this book in the classroom, but I am very pleased that it exists, and I expect it to be a useful addition to every linguistics student's bookshelf.
- Tania E. Strahan, The University of Iceland, Nordic Journal of Linguistics

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