The Routledge Guides to Linguistics series, produced as part of the LSA’s publishing partnership with Routledge, is a new series of publications meant to serve as introductions to various topics and questions within the field of Linguistics. A portion of the royalties for all of the books in this series will be contributed to the LSA, and support our many programs and services for the linguistics community.

Books Currently Available

Language in Children

Eve V. Clark

Language in Children provides a concise and basic introduction for students studying child language acquisition for the first time. Starting from the first sounds a child produces, this book covers all the stages a child goes through in acquiring a language. This title illustrates developmental stages from the recognition of sounds and words to the ability to hold a conversation, also covering bilingual upbringing and language disorders; features real-life examples of all the phenomena discussed, from languages such as French, Spanish and Portuguese as well as English; incorporates guidance on sources for further reading and exploration by chapter; and is supported by a companion website that includes exercises with links to real-world data in the CHILDES archive. Written by an experienced author and teacher, Language in Children is essential reading for students studying this topic.

 

Language and Meaning

Betty J. Birner

Language and Meaning provides a clear, accessible and unique perspective on the philosophical and linguistic question of what it means to mean. Looking at relationships such as those between literal and non-literal meanings, linguistic form and meaning, and language and thought, this volume tackles the issues involved in what we mean and how we convey it. Divided into five easy-to-read chapters, it features broad coverage of semantic, pragmatic and philosophical approaches, providing the reader with a balanced and comprehensive overview of the topic; frequent examples to demonstrate how meaning is perceived and manipulated in everyday discourse, including the importance of context, scientific studies of human language, and theories of pragmatics; topics of debate and key points of current theories, including references to ongoing controversies in the field; annotated further reading, allowing students to explore topics in more detail. Aimed at undergraduate students with little or no prior knowledge of linguistics, this book is essential reading for those studying this topic for the first time.

 

Is English Changing?

Steve Kleinedler

Is English changing? To what degree is it changing? Is this change good or bad? In answering these questions, Is English Changing? provides a lively and concise introduction to language change, refuting commonly held misconceptions about language evolution as we understand it. Showing that English, like all living languages, has historically changed and continues to change, this book analyzes developments in the lexicon, the way words are spoken or written, and the way in which speakers and writers use words; offers a basic overview of the major subfields of linguistics, including phonetics, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics, all viewed through the prism of language change; discusses change over time with examples from Old English, Middle English, and Modern English; reinforces important concepts with examples from other languages, including Spanish, Japanese, and Czech; clearly defines key terms and includes advice on rules, usage, and style, as well as ample annotated further reading and activities throughout. Aimed at undergraduate students with little or no prior knowledge of linguistics, this book is essential reading for those studying this topic for the first time.

 

Forthcoming Books in the Series

Sign Languages by Diane Lillo-Martin, Sandra Wood and Joseph Hill (exp. November 2018)

Why Study Linguistics by Kristin Denham and Anne Lobeck (exp. November 2018)

This book is for anyone who is interested in studying language, and who may be wondering what exactly linguistics is, and what linguists do. The authors explore the various topics that students of linguistics study; what one might do with a degree in linguistics; the kinds of jobs and careers that studying linguistics prepares students for. The book is useful not only to students, but also to Linguistics program/department faculty and advisors, career center coordinators, librarians, and others who wish to guide undergraduates with an interest in linguistics. The information presented here can help students decide if they want to major in or study linguistics and is also useful to those who just want to know more about the study of language

Language, Gender, and Sexuality by Scott F. Kiesling (exp. December 2018)

Bilingualism by Shahrzad Mahootian (exp. April 2019)

It is estimated that more than half of the world’s population of 7.6 billion is bilingual. But what does it mean to be bilingual? How is bilingualism measured and how does one become bilingual? Will exposure to more than one language hinder a child’s natural cognitive development or will it enhance it? Bilingualism addresses these and other questions while introducing students to core concepts and studies in this fast-growing subfield of linguistics. The volume walks readers through an accessible overview of the practical and theoretical approaches to defining and understanding the linguistic, sociolinguistic, and cognitive outcomes of bilingualism, including bilingual language acquisition, the grammar of codeswitching and language-mixing, the link between language choice and identity, and the value of maintaining and promoting bilingualism at individual and community levels. With activities and discussion questions provided throughout the six chapters, readers are invited to think about their own perspectives on bilingualism and how it manifests in their own lives and communities. This book is ideal for undergraduate students in linguistics and related fields who are studying the topic for the first time, but does not require prior knowledge of linguistics.

Ebonics by Sonja L. Lanehart (exp. TBA)