This page provides an unofficial list of linguistics books which our faculty members wish to recommend. These suggested books are intended for graduate students who (a) are looking for summer reading in between regular courses; or (b) are looking for preparatory and additional readings to regular graduate courses. They are divided in three sections: General overview, Historical background, and Linguistic subfields. If you are a graduate student in our Masters Program in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, you will see some of these books turning up on the lists of recommended references. But even if you don't, it would be a good idea to get acquainted with them before you graduate.


General overview

Aarssen, A., Genis, R., & van der Veken, E. (Eds.). A Bibliography of Sign Languages, 2008-2017. Leiden: Brill. doi:

Fromkin, Victoria, Robert Rodman, Nina Hyams (2010). An Introduction to Language. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning. 9th Edition. (Strongly recommended, especially for prospective students with no prior background in Linguistics).

Jackendoff, R. (2002). Foundations of Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Levelt, W. (1993). Speaking: from intention to articulation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Pinker, S. (2000). The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language.

Smith, N. V. (2002). Language, Bananas and Bonobos: Linguistic problems, puzzles and polemics. Oxford: Blackwell.

Smith, N. V. (2005).  Language, Frogs and Savants: More Problems, Puzzles and Polemics in linguistics.. Oxford: Blackwell.


Historical perspective

Chomsky, N. (1957). *Preface* to Syntactic Structures. The Hague: De Gruyter, 2nd edition, 2002.

Harris, R. A. (1995). The Linguistics Wars. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Robins, R. H. (1997). A Short History of Linguistics, 4th ed. New York: Longman. 

Saussure, F. de (1992). Cours de linguistique générale. Paris, Payot DL. (Span. Translation: Curso de lingüística general, Barcelona, Planeta, 1985; Cat. Translation: Curs de lingüística general, Barcelona, Edicions 62, 1990).

Saussure, F. de (1992). Écrits de lingüistique générale, Paris, Gallimard. (Span. Translation: Escritos sobre lingüística general, Barcelona, Gedisa, 2004).

Benveniste, É. (1966). Problèmes de linguistique générale I. Paris: Gallimard.

Benveniste, É. (1974). Problèmes de linguistique générale II. Paris: Gallimard.


Linguistic subfields

Baker, A., van den Bogaerde, B., Pfau, R., & Schermer, T. (Eds.). 2016. The Linguistics of Sign Languages: An Introduction. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. 

Bavin, E.L. (Ed.) (2009). The Cambridge Handbook of Child Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,

Bernárdez, E. (1982). Introducción a la lingüística del texto. Madrid: Espasa-Calpe.

Beaugrande,  R.-A. de & W.U. Dressler (1981). Introduction to Text Linguistics. London: Longman

Birner, B. J., & G.L. Ward (1998). Information status and noncanonical word order in English. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Brown, P. & S.C. Levinson (1987), Politeness. Some Universals of Language Use, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Cohn, A., Fougeron, C., & M. Huffman (2012). The Oxford Handbook of Laboratory Phonology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Coulthard, M. & A. Johnson (2007) An Introduction to Forensic Linguistics: Language in Evidence. London: Routledge.

Dickinson, M., Brew, C. & D. Meurers (2013). Language and Computers. Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.

Duranti, A. (1997). Linguistic Anthropology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Grice, P. (1975), «Lógica y Conversación», en L. Valdés (ed.), La búsqueda del significado, Madrid, Tecnos/Univ. de Murcia, 1991, pp. 511-530.

Hanks, P. (2013). Lexical Analysis. Norms and Exploitations. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Horn, L., & G. Ward (Eds.). (2008). Handbook of Pragmatics. Oxford: Blackwell.

Katamba, F & J. Stonham. (2006) Morphology. New York: Palgrave McMillan.

Klemperer, V. (2002). La lengua del Tercer Reich: Apuntes de un Filólogo. Barcelona: Minúscula.

Kormos, J. (2006). Speech Production and Second Language Acquisition. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

McNeill, D. (2000). Language and Gesture. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Montrul, S. (2004). The acquisition of Spanish. Morphosyntactic development in monolingual and bilingual L1 acquisition and adult L2 acquisition. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins

Oostendorp, M. v., Ewen, C., & B. Hume (2011). The Blackwell Companion to Phonology. Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.

Pfau, R., Steinbach, M., & Woll, B.  (Eds.). 2012. Sign Language: An International Handbook (1. Aufl., Vol. 37). Berlin/Boston: Mouton de Gruyter. 

Sanz, C. (2005). Mind and context in adult second language acquisition. Methods, Theory and Practice. Georgetown University Press.

Sacks, O. (1989). Seeing voices. A Journey into the World of the Deaf. (Cat. Translation: Veig una veu (Viatge al món del sords). Barcelona: Proa.

Saville-Troike, M. (1982), La etnografía de la comunicación. Buenos Aires: Prometeo, 2006.

Segalowitz, N. (2010). Cognitive Basis of Second Language Fluency. New York: Routledge.


Writing an academic article

Booth, W., Colomb, G.G, & Williams, J.M (2009) The Craft of Research, Third EditionUniversity of Chicago Press: Chicago.

Belcher, W. L. (2009) Writing your journal article in twelve weeks: a guide to academic publishing success. Sage Publications Inc: Princeton.


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