Category: reading

Bibliography update

I’ve added substantially to this blog’s bibliography. It will continue to grow; coming next are not just new entries, but annotations!

As the bibliography grows, it will of necessity become more technical. However, I have tried to keep the general reader in mind, and offer items that will reward the effort of reading them.

Linguistics is unfortunately jargon-laden; linguists love to play with their own language, and every theorist has his or her own specialized vocabulary. However, they do not observe any discipline about defining or using technical terms. This means that the same term will be used or defined differently. Worst of all, they often won’t tell you that they’re doing it! That suggests they are not self-aware of their own language use or are speaking to their own colleagues (or just to themselves!); the result is sloppy writing and so sloppy thinking! One aid to this problem is Crystal’s A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics[1]. It does not solve all ambiguities, but it helps. Reading its various articles also is useful for gaining an overview of various theories and positions on specific linguistic concepts.

[1] D. Crystal, A dictionary of linguistics and phonetics, 4th ed., Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 1997.
title = {A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics},
publisher = {Blackwell},
year = {1997},
author = {David Crystal},
address = {Oxford, UK},
edition = {4th},
annote = {Linguistics is laden with technical terms and ordinary terms used
in a technical sense. Linguists and different linguistic traditions
can use the same terms differently. This book is a guide and map
through this wild and untamed territory. Not only is it useful as
a quick lookup of a term's meaning, the articles themselves are often
encylopedic in their coverage of a topic. A must have on the bookshelf
of every serious reader of linguistic literature.},
date-added = {2010-08-15 09:45:51 -0400},
date-modified = {2010-08-21 11:03:51 -0400},
keywords = {Linguistics},
owner = {klowery},
timestamp = {2009.02.05}