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III. Policies: Linguistics

  • Subject name: Linguistics
  • Subject abbreviations: LING
  • Bibliographer: Mark Mabbett
  • Other subject responsibilities: N/A
  • Address: 184 UCB, Research & Instruction
  • Phone: 303-492-8628
  • Email: Mark.Mabbett@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:
Linguistics is the scientific study of human language, its structure and its diversity, how children learn it and how adults produce and understand it, how social practices shape and are shaped by it. The Linguistics Department at the University of Colorado offers a research program in a wide range of areas. The orientation of the department is empirical: the approach to the theory of the structure and use of human language confronts theoretical issues with first-hand observations, careful analysis of video- and audio-taped interactions, acoustic measurements of speech, computer analysis of written and spoken texts, psycholinguistic experiments, and field work abroad and in local communities are all used in this enterprise. The department, together with the affiliated Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS) and the Center for Spoken Language Research (CSLR), is a major center for research in cognitive, computational, and functional linguistics. Languages whose grammars are studied by faculty members and current or recent students in our department include: Arabic, Basque, Bahasa Malaysia, Cantonese, English, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Polish, Spanish, Vietnamese, Yiddish; the Native American languages Apache, Blackfoot, Gros Ventre, Iowa-Otoe, Jemez, Kickapoo, Kiowa, Lakhota, Omaha, Wichita; and the African languages Awutu, Gidar, Hona, Lele, Mandara, Mina, Mupun, Pero, Xdi.

A. Curricular emphasis:
Language and social issues (e.g. gender, international studies, English second language, semantics, grammar, sociolinguistics, language history, semantics, syntax, phonology


B. Research emphasis:
Cognitive, computational, and functional linguistics, non-Indo-European languages, description of endangered and poorly-described languages (such as the Chadic languages Xdi, Gidar, and Mina), American Indian languages, cognitive speech modeling, language acquisition and processing, sociolinguistics, anthropological linguistics


C. Level of Degrees granted:
Master's Certificate in Human Language Technology, certificate in TESOL, Teaching English to Speakers of East Asian Languages track


E. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
All languages and literatures, particularly English and East Asian, education (particularly English second language), sociology, computer science, psychology, speech, language, and hearing science, anthropology, communication, philosophy


F. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials:
Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS) and the Center for Spoken Language Research (CSLR),


G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:
Educators in English and foreign languages, English-second-language residents


H. Other Considerations:
Linguistics materials, since so many of them are foreign language resources, are distributed all across the library collection. Other language bibliographers are encouraged to purchase linguistics materials whenever appropriate. Some little-used materials are housed in PASCAL, the library storage facility.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:
Requests from linguistics faculty, approval plan for books from Blackwell North American, new faculty start-up funds, catalog orders, gifts-in-kind.


B. Languages:
Attempts are made to collect linguistics materials in as many languages as possible. English centered materials about other languages is dominant.


C. Chronological Guidelines:
Current materials are emphasized, though some historical materials are included to represent the history and philosophy of linguistics.


D. Geographical Guidelines:


E. Treatment of Subject:
Top priority is given to comprehensive grammars and dictionaries of languages ranging from dominant (e.g. English, Japanese), to endangered, minor, or undescribed (e.g. Chadic languages Xdi, Gidar, Mina, Lakhota), to theoretical or functional (e.g. spoken language, computer speech)


F. Types of Materials:
Effort is made to keep abreast of English language books and journals. Conference proceedings on subjects relevant to departmental research are purchased when budget permits. Collection in multimedia formats is minimal. Textbooks are not collected. Bibliographers in other languages and other subject areas are encouraged to purchase linguistics materials when appropriate.


G. Date of Publication:
Current materials are emphasized, and historical materials are purchased wherever appropriate.


H. Other General Considerations:
In general linguistics is entirely interdisciplinary. As a result, linguistics materials tend to be scattered about the library collections rather than collected into one place in the Norlin stacks. Some little-used materials are housed in PASCAL, the library storage facility.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:
Below is a very general outline for the LC class for Language and Literature (P). Linguistics materials may be classified in many of these locations.

P Philology. Linguistics

PA Greek language and literature. Latin language and literature

PB Modern languages. Celtic languages

PC Romanic languages

PD Germanic languages. Scandinavian languages

PE English language

PF West Germanic languages

PG Slavic languages. Baltic languages. Albanian language

PH Uralic languages. Basque language

PJ Oriental languages and literatures

PK Indo-Iranian languages and literatures

PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania

PM Hyperborean, Indian, and artificial languages

PN - PZ Literatures

  • Bibliographer for English Languages and Literatures is Skip Hamilton.
  • Bibliographer for Germanic Languages and Literatures is Thea Lindquist.
  • Bibliographer for Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures is Sean Knowlton.
  • Bibliographer for Asian Languages and Literatures is Tomiko Dobson.