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Linguistic references

This small collection of linguistic references - more or less what you'd get if my bookshelves would fall on your head - shows a decided structuralist bias - you won't find any references to generative, functional or parametric works on this page. The south-east Asian bias will also be apparent... In places the formatting is a bit off, but I don't think that it will detract from its usefulness.

Comments are emphasized, presented with a bullet and indented... And mind, all comments are highly subjective, unsubstantiated and in some cases written years after I've read the work in question. With the exception of Swadesh, everybody on this list should be regared as a bona-fide scholar, a competent linguist and a careful researcher. Besides, these comments are aimed at someone seeking books to aid in developing a constructed language, and not at a professional linguist.

Table of Contents

General linguistics

Allwood, Jens, Lars-Gunnar Andersson and Östen Dahl.1993 (1977). Logic in Linguistics. Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bàrtoli, Matteo. 1945. Saggi di linguistica spaziale. Torino: Vicenze Bona.

Blake, Barry J. 1994. Case. Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bloomfield, Leonard. 1984 (1933). Language. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Bopp, F. 1816. Über das Conjugationsystem der Sanskritsprache in Vergleichung mit jenem der griechischen, lateinischen, persischen, und germanischen Sprache. Frankfurt.

Bybee, Joan. 1985. Morphology: A study of the relation between meaning and form, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Corporation.

Bynon, Theodora. 1977, 1990. Historical Linguistics. Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Chafe, Wallace L. 1970. Meaning and the Structure of Language. UCP.

Comrie, Bernard. 1976. Aspect. Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Comrie, Bernard. 1989 (1981). Language Universals and Linguistic Typology. second edition. Oxford: Basil Blackwell ltd.

Comrie, Bernard. 1985. Tense. Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Corbett, Greville.1991. Gender. Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Croft, William. 1990. Typology and Universals. Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Cruse, D.A. 1986, 1991. Lexical Semantics. Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Crystal, David. 1991. A dictionary of linguistics and phonetics. Oxford, Basil Blackwell.

De Saussure, Ferdinand. 1955. Cours de Linguistique Générale, cinquième édition. Paris: Payot.

Dixon, R.M.W. 1994. Ergativity, Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 69, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dixon, R.M.W. 1997. The rise and fall of languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dürr, Michael and Peter Schlobinski. 1990. Einführung in die deskriptive Linguistik. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag.

Greenberg, Joseph H. 1966. "Some universals of grammar, with particular reference to the order of meaningful elements". In J. Greenberg (ed.), Universals of Language, second edition. MIT press.

Harris, Alice C. and Lyle Campbell. 1995. Historical syntax in cross-linguistic perspective. Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 74. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hopper, Paul J. and Elizabeth Closs Traugott. 1993. Grammaticalization . Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Jespersen, Otto. 1923. Language, its nature, development and origin . London: George Allen & Unwin.

Jespersen, Otto. 1924. The Philosophy of Grammar. London: George Allen & Unwin.

Kempson, Ruth M.1977, 1989. Semantic Theory. Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lass, Roger.1984, 1989. Phonology: an introduction to basic concepts. Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lyons, John. 1989 (1968). Introduction to Theoretical Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Manders W.J.A. 1947. Vijf Kunsttalen. Vergelijkend onderzoek naar de waarde van het volapük, esperanto, ido, occidental en novial. Purmerend: J. Muusses.

Matthews, Peter. 1991. Morphology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Nerbonne, John (ed.). 1998. Linguistic Databases. Stanford, CSLI Publications.

Palmer, F.R. 1986. Mood and Modality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Renfrew, Colin. 1998 (1987). Archaeology & Language. London: Pimlico.

Schegel, F. 1801. Über die Sprache und Weisheit der Indier, Heidelberg.

Shopen, Timothy (ed.). 1990 (1985). Language typology and syntactic description. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Swadesh, Morris. 1955. "Towards Greater Accuracy in Lexicostatistic Dating" International Journal of American Linguistics, XXI, p. 121.

Weinreich, Uriel. 1974. Languages in Contact: Findings and Problems. The Hague: Mouton.

Wierzbicka, Anna. 1988. The semantics of grammar Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


Ladefoged, Peteri. 1971. Preliminaries to Linguistic Phonetics, Chicago

History of linguistics

Robins, R.H. 1990. A short history of linguistics. Harlow: Longman Group.

Lepschy, Guilio (ed.). 1994. History of Linguistics: classical and medieval linguistics, volume II..Harlow: Longman Group.

Particular languages

Burrow T. 1973 (orig. 1955). The Sanskrit Language. The Great Languages, Faber and Faber, London

Egerod, Søren , Sino-Tibetan, Languages of the World, Comrie, Bernard (ed), Cambridge University Press.

Foley, William. 1986. The Papuan Languages of New Guinea Cambridge Language Surveys. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hahn, M. 1973. Lehrgang der Klassischen Tibetische Schriftsprache. Hamburg.

Hewson, John and Vit Bubenik. 1997. Tense and Aspect in Indo-European Languages: Theory, Typology, Diachrony. Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 145. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Hodgson, Brian Houghton. 1857. ’Comparative vocabulary of the several languages (dialects) of the celebrated people called Kirântis, now occupying the eastern-most province of the Kingdom of Nepal, or the basin of the river Árun, which province is named after them Kirânt’. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 26, 5: 351-372.

<-p>Hodgson, Brian Houghton. 1858. ‘Comparative vocabulary of the languages of the broken Tribes of Népál’, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, 27, 393-456.

Hodgson, Brian Houghton. 1880. Miscellaneous Essays relating to Indian Subjects I and II: London, Trübner: 161-319. (Herdruk van Hodgson 1857)

Loprieno, Antonio. 1995. Ancient Egyptian: a linguistic introduction . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Norman, Jerry. 1988. Chinese. Cambridge Language Surveys. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ramsey, 1987. The Languages of China. Princeton, Princeton University Press.

Matisoff, James. 1978. Variational Semantics of the Tibeto-Burman Area. Philadelphia: ISHI

Shibatanai, Masayoshi. 1996 (1990). The languages of Japan. Cambridge Language Surveys. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Allan, N.J. 1975. Sketch of Thulung grammar. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University China-Japan Program.

Bacot, Jaques. 1946/49: 1981. Grammaire du Tibétain Littéraire: tome I et II: index Morphologique (langue littéraire et langue parlée). Paris: Librairie d'Amérique en d'Orient, 11, rue Saint-Sulpice.

Berg, Rene van den. 1989. A Grammar of the Muna Language. Leyden. (PhD. dissertation)

Driem, George van. 1987. A Grammar of Limbu. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Driem, George van. 1993. A Grammar of Dumi. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Ikoro, Suanu. 1996. The Kana Language. Leiden, Research School CNWS.

Matisoff, James. A Grammar of Lahu.

Michailovsky, Boyd. 1988. La langue Hayu. Collection Sciences du Langage, Paris: Editions du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

Rutgers, Roland. 1998. Yamphu. Grammar, texts and Lexicon. Leiden: Research School CNWS.

Pulleyblank, Edwin G. 1995. Outline of classical Chinese grammar Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Solnit, David. 1997. Eastern Kayah Li. Grammar, Texts, Glossary. University of Hawai'i Press.


Baumann, James John. 1975. Pronouns and Pronominal Morphology in Tibeto-Burman. Dissertation U. of California.

Benedict, Paul K. The Sino-Tibetan Tonal System, Langues et techniques, nature et societé, J. Barreau et al., réd., Vol I, ‹‹Approche Linguistique>>, 25-34

Fillmore, Charles. 1968. "The case for case". In E. Bach and R. Harms (eds.), Universals in Linguistic Theory. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, New York.

Haudricourt, André-Georges. De l'origine des tons en viêtnamien, Journal Asiatique 242, 68-

Hombert, Jean-Marie, John J. Ohala, William G. Ewan, 1979, Phonetic Explanations for the Development of Tones, Language Vol 5, 1 (37-58)

Hyman, L.M. (ed) 1973. Consonant types and tone. (Southern California occasional papers in linguistics, 1) LA: USC.

Matisoff, James, 1990. On Megalocomparison. Language, 66. 109-20

Nichols, Johanna. 1986. Head-marking and dependent-marking grammar, Language 62 (1), 56-119

Weidert, Alfons. 1985. ‘Paradigmatic typology and its application to verb agreement analysis’. pp. 903-963 in Pieper & Stickel, eds., Studia Linguistica Diachronica et Synchronica. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Writing systems

Bacot, Jaques. 1912. "L'écriture cursive tibétaine" Journal asiatique s.5-78.

Daniels, Peter and William Bright (eds.). 1996. The world's writing systems. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hosking, R.F. and G.M. Meredith-Owens. 1966. A Handbook of Asian Scripts. London: British Museam.

Jensen, Hans. 1970. Sign, Symbol and Script. London: Allen and Unwin.

Lepsius, C.R. 1863. Standard Alphabet for Reducing Unwritten Languages and Foreign Graphic Systems to a Uniform Orthography in European Letter: Recommended for Adaption by the Church Missionary Society. Second Edition. Willams & Norgate: London & W. Hertz: Berlin (Republished 1981: Amsterdam Studies in the Theory and History of Linguistic Science, I, Amsterdam Classics in Linguistics, Volume 5, Amsterdam, John Benjamins.)



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