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Study Skills for Linguistics

1st Edition

By Jeanette Sakel


166 pages

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Study Skills for Linguistics is the essential companion for students embarking on a degree in linguistics. Covering all the core skills that students of linguistics will require during the early part of their degree, this book gives the reader a basic understanding of the field, as well as confidence in how to find out more and how to prepare for their future career.

The key features covered include:

  • subject-specific skills including basic linguistic tools and terminology, such as word classes and grammatical terminology;
  • essential study skills, such as how to perform well in the degree, how to search for and reference literature and how to write an essay;
  • guides for a future with a linguistics degree, including how to write a CV and prepare for a range of graduate destinations.

An accessible guide to essential skills in the field of linguistics, Study Skills for Linguistics is a must-read for students contemplating studying this topic, and provides a guide that will take them through their degree and beyond.


"Welcome to the world of linguistics! After a quick run through some basic analytic tools, from the IPA to semantic relations, this book explains how to do linguistics - how to plan a project, how to collect data and how to analyse it, how to write an essay, how to think like a linguist, and how to use your new skills in a career. Just what any novice needs to guide them through the undergraduate linguistics experience."

Richard Hudson, University College London, UK

"This book is to be recommended for all students embarking on a degree in Linguistics. It provides students with an excellent introduction to the range of language phenomena studied by linguists, as well as a clear step-by-step guide to researching and presenting Linguistics projects. A particular strength of this book is the chapter on what to with a linguistics degree after study which shows the clear application of linguistics to many career paths."

Felicity Meakins, University of Queensland, Australia

"This book provides a comprehensive and accessible guide to the study of language. It offers a clear, concise, and systematic introduction to a wide range of essential concepts, as well as practical considerations relevant to students at different stages of their studies. This will be an extremely useful resource for undergraduate students of linguistics."

Patience Epps, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. What is language?

3. Sounds

4. Word classes

5. The grammar of words

6. Clauses and sentences

7. Meaning and discourse

8. Understanding approaches to language: theory and practice

9. Research methods: Collecting, analysing and presenting data

10. Assessment: Presenting your skills

11. How to find out more about language

12. Careers: What to do with linguistics and how to get a job

13. Personal development


Glossary and index

Index of languages

About the Author

Jeanette Sakel is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of the West of England. Her main research interests include language contact, bilingualism, linguistic typology, fieldwork, native South American languages, bilingual education, and supplementary schools. She is also the author of A grammar of Moseten (2004) and Linguistic fieldwork: a student guide (2012, with Daniel Everett).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General


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