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These recommendations for preliminary reading are based on the four Part I papers, which all Linguistics Tripos undergraduates study in their first year. 

 

General reading

Roberts, I. 2017. The Wonders of Language, or How to Make Noises and Influence People. Cambridge University Press.
Adger, D. 2019. Language Unlimited. Oxford University Press.

Sounds and Words

Crystal, D. (1997) The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (Chapters 27-29, 40). Cambridge University Press.
Pinker, S. (1995) The language instinct (Chapters 5 & 6). Penguin.
Ashby, M. & Maidment, J. (2005) Introducing Phonetic Science. Cambridge University Press.
Davenport, M. & Hannahs, S.J. (2005) Introducing Phonetics and Phonology. Hodder Education.
International Phonetic Association (1999) Handbook of the International Phonetic Association. Cambridge University Press.

Structures and Meanings

Aitchison, J. 2003 Words in the mind: An introduction to the mental lexicon Oxford: Blackwell. Third edition.
Baker, M. 2001 Atoms of Language Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Larson, R. 2010 Grammar as Science Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
Levinson, S.C 1983 Pragmatics Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press
Mey, J. L. 2001 Pragmatics: An introduction Oxford: Blackwell. Second edition.
Pinker, S. 2007 The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature New York: Viking
Tallerman, M. 1998/2005 Understanding syntax London: Arnold.

Language, Brain and Society

Clark, E. 2016. First Language Acquisition, 3rd edition, Cambridge University Press.
Crystal, D. 2004. The stories of English. London: Allen Lane (Penguin Books).
Harley, T. A. 2016. Talking the Talk: Language, Psychology and Science. Psychology Press.
Holmes, J. 2001 [1992]. An introduction to sociolinguistics. London: Longman.
Mesthrie, R., Swann, J., Deumert, A., & Leap, W. L. 2000. Introducing sociolinguistics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Smith, N. & Tsimpli, I. M. 1995. The mind of a savant: Language learning and modularity. Oxford: Blackwell.
Yang, Charles. 2006. The infinite gift: How children learn and unlearn the languages of the world. New York: Scribner.

History and Varieties of English

Crystal, D. 2003 [2001]. The Cambridge encyclopedia of the English language. Cambridge: CUP.
Crystal, D. 2002. The English language. London: Penguin.
Denison, D., and Hogg, Richard. 2006. A history of the English language. Cambridge: CUP.
Graddol, D., Leith, D. & Swann, J.. 2002 [1996]. English: History, diversity and change. London: Routledge.
Hughes, A., Trudgill, P. & Watt, D. 2005. English accents and dialects. London: Hodder Arnold.
Kortmann, B. & Upton, C. 2008. Varieties of English: The British Isles. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Van Gelderen, Elly. 2006. A history of the English language. Amsterdam: Benjamins.