Department of English

Language & Linguistics Field Exam reading list

English Language & Linguistics Reading List (updated: September 2009)

This list contains references to books and articles from five sub-fields of English language and linguistics. Students will be required to submit a list of approximately 50 titles for their field exam. Each of the five sub-fields should be represented on that list by 5-7 titles taken from this list. Additional, more specific references should be chosen by students in consultation with their examiners.

1. History of English - general and diachronic

Allen, Cynthia. Case Marking and Reanalysis: Grammatical Relations from Old to Early Modern English. Oxford et al.: Oxford UP, 1999.

Baugh, Albert C. and Thomas Cable. A History of the English Language. 5th edition. New York: Routledge, 2002.

Fennell, Barbara A. A History of English: A Sociolinguistic Approach. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2001.

Fischer, Olga, Ans van Kemenade, Willem Koopman, and Wim van der Wurff. The Syntax of Early English. Cambridge Syntax Guides. Cambridge et al.: Cambridge UP, 2001.

Godden, Malcolm, Douglas Gray, and Terry Hoad, eds. From Anglo-Saxon to Early Middle English: Studies Presented to E.G. Stanley. Oxford: Clarendon, 1994.

Hogg, Richard and David Denison (eds.). A History of the English Language. Cambridge et al.: Cambridge UP.

Van Kemenade, Ans and Bettelou Los (eds.). The Handbook of the History of English. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006.

Millward, Celia M. A Biography of the English Language. 2nd edition. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1996.

Mugglestone, Lynda (ed.). The Oxford History of English. Oxford et al.: Oxford UP.

Nevalainen, Terttu and Helena Raumolin-Brunberg. Historical Sociolinguistics. London/New York: Longman, 2003.

2. Phases of English - synchronic

A) Old English

Blockley, Mary. Aspects of Old English Poetic Syntax: Where Clauses Begin. Urbana and Chicago: U of Illinois P, 2001.

Campbell, Alistair. Old English Grammar. Oxford: Clarendon, 1983.

Fulk, Robert D. Old English versification. In Pope, J.C. and R.D. Fulk (eds.), Eight Old English Poems. 3rd edition. New York: Norton, 2001. 129-158.

Lass, Roger. Old English: A Historical Linguistic Companion. Cambridge et al.: Cambridge UP, 1994.

Mitchell, Bruce. Old English Syntax. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985.

Pope, John C. (ed.). Eight Old English Poems. 3rd edition rev. R. D. Fulk. New York: Norton, 2001.

Robinson, Orrin W. Old English and Its Closest Relatives: A Survey of the Earliest Germanic Languages. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 1992.

Traugott, Elizabeth Closs. Syntax. In The Beginnings to 1066, vol. I of The Cambridge History of the English Language, ed. Richard M. Hogg. Cambridge et al.: Cambridge UP, 1992. 168-289.

B) Middle English

Brunner, Karl. An Outline of Middle English Grammar. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1963.

Fischer, Olga. 'Syntax.' Cambridge History of the English Language. Vol. II. Ed. Norman Blake. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1992.

Jones, Charles. An Introduction to Middle English. London: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1972.

Laing, Margaret. Middle English Dialectology: Essays on Some Principles and Problems. New York: Aberdeen UP, 1989.

Mossé, Fernand. A Handbook of Middle English. 1952. 10th Printing. Trans. By James A. Walker. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1991.

Mustanoja, Tauno F. A Middle English Syntax. Helsinki: Societe Néophilologique, 1960.

Williams, Jeni. Competing spaces: Dialectology and the place of dialect in Chaucer's Reve's Tale. Debating Dialect: Essays on the Philosophy of Dialect Study. Robert Penhallurck, ed. Cardiff: U of Wales P, 2000.

Wright, Laura. Sources of London English: Medieval Thames Vocabulary. Oxford: U of Oxford P, 1996.

Wright, Joseph, and Elizabeth Mary Wright. An Elementary Middle English Grammar. Oxford: Clarendon, 1923.

C) Early Modern English

Barber, Charles. Early Modern English. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 1976.

Blank, Paula. Broken English: Dialects and the Politics of Language in Renaissance Writings. New York: Routledge, 1996.

Görlach, Manfred. Introduction to Early Modern English. Cambridge et al.: Cambridge UP, 1991.

Hope, Jonathan. Shakespeare's Grammar. London: Arden Shakespeare, 2003.

Ronberg, Gert. A Way With Words: The Language of English Renaissance Literature. New York: Routledge, 1992.

Schafer, Jurgen. Early Modern English Lexicography. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1989.

Starnes, DeWitt T. The English Dictionary from Cawdrey to Johnson, 1604-1755/by De Witt T. Starnes and Gertrude E. Noyes. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins, 1992.

D) Present-Day English (syntax)

Baker, Carl Lee. English Syntax. Second edition. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995.

Biber, Douglas et al. Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English. London/New York: Longman, 1999.

Bresnan, Joan. Is syntactic knowledge probabilistic? Experiments with the English dative alternation. In S. Featherston, W. Sternefeld (eds.), Roots: Linguistics in Search of its Evidential Base. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2007. 75-96.

Chomsky, Noam. Aspects of the Theory of Syntax. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1965.

Hinrichs, Lars and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi. Recent changes in the function and frequency of Standard English genitive constructions: A multivariate analysis of tagged corpora. English Language and Linguistics 11(3), 2007. 437-474.

Huddleston, Rodney et al. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge et al.: Cambridge UP, 2002.

Jacobs, R.A. and Peter S. Rosenbaum. English Transformational Grammar. Waltham: Blaisdell, 1968.

Kaplan, Ronald M. and Joan Bresnan. Lexical-functional grammar: A formal system for grammatical representation. In J. Bresnan (ed.), The Mental Representation of Grammatical Relations. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1982. 173-281.

Quirk, Randolph et al.. A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. London/New York: Longman, 1985.

Radford, Andrew. Transformational Syntax. Cambridge: U of Cambridge P, 1981.

3. Pidgin/creole linguistics and World Englishes

Bailey, Richard W. , and Jay L. Robinson. Varieties of Present-Day English. New York: Macmillan, 1973.

Crystal, David. English as a Global Language. Cambridge et al.: Cambridge UP, 1997.

Holm, John. An Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles. Cambridge et al.: Cambridge UP, 2000.

Holm, John and Peter L. Patrick (eds.). Comparative Creole Syntax. Plymouth: Battlebridge, 2007.

McArthur, Tom. The Oxford Guide to World English. Oxford et al.: Oxford UP, 2002.

Melchers, Gunnel and Philip Shaw. World Englishes: An Introduction. London: Arnold, 2003.

Mufwene, Salikoko S. The Ecology of Language Evolution. Cambridge et al.: Cambridge UP, 2001.

Romaine, Suzanne. Pidgin and Creole Languages. London/New York: Longman, 1988.

Schneider, Edgar. Postcolonial English: Varieties Around the World. Cambridge et al.: Cambridge UP, 2007.

Schneider, Edgar and Bernd Kortmann (eds.). A Handbook of Varieties of English: A Multimedia Reference Tool. 2 vols. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2004.

Sebba, Mark. Contact Languages, Pidgins and Creoles. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 1997.

Thomason, Sarah. Language Contact: An Introduction. Oxford et al.: Oxford UP, 2001.

Wells, John C. Accents of English. 3 vols. Cambridge et al.: Cambridge UP, 1982.

4. Sociolinguistics

Coates, Jennifer. Women, Men, and Language: A Sociolinguistic Account of Gender Differences in Language. 3rd edition. London/New York: Longman, 2004.

Eckert, Penelope. Variation and the indexical field. Journal of Sociolinguistics 12(4), 2008. 453-476.

Eckert, Penelope and Sally McConnell-Ginet. New generalizations and explanations in language and gender research. Language in Society 28 (1999), 185-281.

Green, Lisa J. African American English: A Linguistic Introduction. Cambridge et al.: Cambridge UP, 2002.

Labov, William. The Social Stratification of English in New York City. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics, 1966.

Labov, William. The Social Motivation of a Sound Change. Word 19, 1963. 273-309.

Labov, William. Sociolinguistic Patterns. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1972.

Labov, William, Sharon Ash, and Charles Boberg. The Atlas of North American English: Phonetics, Phonology, and Sound Change. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2006.

Lakoff, Robin. Language and woman's place. Language in Society 2(1), 1973. 45-80.

Mendoza-Denton, Norma. Language and identity. In J. Chambers, P. Trudgill, and N. Schilling-Estes (eds.), The Handbook of Language Variation and Change. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2002. 475-499.

Mendoza-Denton, Norma. Homegirls. Language and Cultural Practice Among Latina Youth Gangs. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2008.

Meyerhoff, Miriam. Introducing Sociolinguistics. Hoboken: Taylor & Francis, 2006.

Poplack, Shana (ed.). The English History of African American English. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2000.

Rickford, John R. African American Vernacular English: Features, Evolution, Educational Implications. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1999.

Schilling-Estes, Natalie. Investigating "self-conscious" speech: The performance register in Ocracoke English. Language in Society 27, 1998. 53-83.

Schilling-Estes, Natalie. Investigating stylistic variation. In J. Chambers, P. Trudgill, and N. Schilling-Estes (eds.), The Handbook of Language Variation and Change. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2002. 375-401.

Wolfram, Walt. A Sociolinguistic Description of Detroit Negro Speech. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics, 1969.

Wolfram, Walt. The relationship of White Southern speech to vernacular Black English. Language 50, 1974. 498-527.

Wolfram, Walt and Natalie Schilling-Estes. American English. 2nd edition. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005.

Woffitt, Robin. Conversation Analysis and Discourse Analysis: A Comparative and Critical Introduction. London/Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2005.

Yule, George and H.G. Widdowson. Pragmatics. Oxford et al.: Oxford UP, 1996.

5. Linguistics and literary theory

Austin, J.L. How to Do Things with Words. Oxford et al.: Oxford UP, 1970.

Bakhtin, Mikhail M. Discourse in the novel. The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays. Austin: U of Texas P, 1982. 259-422.

Culler, Jonathan D. Structuralist Poetics: Structuralism, Linguistics, and the Study of Literature. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1975.

Fish, Stanley E. Is there a Text in this Class? The Authority of Interpretive Communities. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1980.

Henkel, Jacqueline M. The Language of Criticism: Linguistic Models and Literary Theory. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1996.

Jakobson, Roman. Language in Literature. Cambridge: Belkap, 1987.

Jones, Gavin R. Strange Talk: The Politics of Dialect Literature in Gilded Age America. Berkeley: U of California P, 1999.

Mukařovský, Jan. The Word and Verbal Art: Selected Essays by Jan Mukařovský. New Haven: Yale UP, 1977.

North, Michael. The Dialect of Modernism: Race, Language, and Twentieth-Century Literature. Oxford et al: Oxford UP, 1994.

Petrey, Sandy. Speech Acts and Literary Theory. New York: Routledge, 1990.

Saussure, Ferdinand de. Course in General Linguistics. Ed. Charles Bally and Albert Sechehaye. Trans. Wade Baskin. 1959 rpt. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966.

Traugott, Elizabeth C. and Mary L. Pratt. Linguistics for Students of Literature. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980.

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