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LING 319: Historical Linguistics

This is a companion guide to the Library research session for Dr. Emanuela Mileva's LING 319 (Historical Linguistics) class, Winter Term 2, 2020.

Finding Books

A citation is the author, title, publisher and other information that identifies a particular book, journal article, government report, or conference proceeding, etc. Your professor will provide you with citations to the literature in the required and suggested readings list. You need to be able to read the citation to be able to find it. For example, to find this book, start by identifying the title.

e.g. Ledgeway, Adam. 2012. From Latin to Romance. Morphosyntactic typology and change. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Author Ledgeway, Adam
Year of Publication 2012
Title From Latin to Romance. Morphosyntactic typology and change.
Place of Publication Oxford
Publisher Oxford University Press


Book Record

Once you've found a book on the library website, there is important information you need to write down to find it on the library shelf. The record of the book gives you information about where the book is located. For example, look at the following record information:

This is the information you need to locate a print book in the UBC Library system. There are several libraries on campus with many floors. Writing down this information will help you to locate the physical book once you are in the library

Books on historical and comparative linguistics are found in Koerner Library, the main Humanities and social sciences library at UBC. You will also find some older material and duplicate copies in the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) and PARC..



Subject Headings

Subject Headings and Call Numbers

Books on Linguistics can be found in the UBC Library Catalogue using these subject headings:

This format will narrow your search results to a specific language or language family:

Languages and Language Families

In this class, you'll be looking at language change using data from a wide variety of languages and language families. The books listed below provide an overview of linguistics structures in individual languages and language families.

The resources below are are primarily from the Routledge Language Family series. Each book provides detailed linguistic analysis and description of the members of some of the world's language families, plus  bibliographies for each language, a detailed index and tables, and maps and examples from the languages to demonstrate the linguistic features being described.