The Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB)

The Language Fact Sheets

Last modified 19 July 2011

 

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Index

  1. Recommended reading           
  2. Some on-line teaching (and other) resources
  3. Facts about language  
  4. Facts about English   
  5. Facts about other languages
  6. Theories

1. Recommended reading

Books about language

An annotated list of highly recommended popular books.

Does grammar improve writing?

A review of what the research literature says about the effects of formal grammar teaching on children's writing.

How language works

A free online introductory linguistics textbook by Mike Gasser.

2. Some on-line teaching (and other) resources

A free on-line grammar of English, with exercises

This is written for undergraduates but should be useful for teachers who want a solid foundation in grammar. It takes a reasonable stand between traditional grammar and modern research-based grammar. The grammar is also available for about 25 pounds on CD.

A web-site which allows you to search vast collections of English texts

This site allows English Corpora to be searched on-line; it also provides much general information about, and a tutorial on, Corpus Linguistics.

Fun with grammar (especially for schools)

A lovely site built by Sue Palmer. Look out for Vera the hyperactive Verb who finds peace at last by learning to just BE!

The 'Linguistics Olympics'

A site full of brain-teasers in analytical linguistics for older students (secondary or university) which are set as a competition to find the Young Linguist of the Year. The competition started in Russia but has now been adopted by linguists in the USA. (This site is temporarily suspended because the US Olympics Committee has threatened to sue its owner for using their name!!!!!!)

 

3. Facts about language

a. Structures

a1. Phonetics

What is an accent?

Why do foreign speakers have trouble pronouncing certain sounds?

Are some sounds harder to pronounce than others?

a2. Phonology

a3. Spelling, punctuation

a4. Morphology

a5. Vocabulary (the lexicon)

a6. Syntax

auxiliary verb

a7. Meaning (semantics)

Does the language I speak affect the way I think?

a8. Texts (discourse structure)

b. Uses

Why can't computers use English?

Bilingualism

Language acquisition

c. Variation in time and space

c1. Evolution of language

c2. Animals and language

c3. Language change

What is known about prehistoric languages?

How are present-day languages related?

Why do Hebrew and Yiddish (etc) look alike if they are not related?

How do linguists decide that languages are related?

c4. Dialects and languages

What is a dialect? How are dialects and languages related?

Why do some people have an accent?

c5 Similarities and differences between languages (typology)

What is an endangerd language?

What is sign language?

 

4. Facts about English

a. Structures

a1. Phonetics

a2. Phonology

a3. Spelling, punctuation

a4. Morphology

a5. Vocabulary (the lexicon)

a6. Syntax

auxiliary verb

determiner

pronoun

a7. Meaning (semantics)

a8. Texts (discourse structure)

b. Uses

c. History

c1. General history

c2. Recent and current changes

Is English changing?

d. Dialects, accents and creoles

Standard English

English dialects found in England

Estuary English

Jamaican Creole and other Afro-Caribbean varieties

5. Facts about other languages

6. Theories

 

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