Here you will find the syllabus of the Descriptive Grammar course. It contains lists of references for each topic (including some files and links to the internet sources).

  1. Approaches to language
  2. The beginnings
  3. Ferdinand de Saussure & Structural Linguistics
  4. Generative Grammar
  5. CL
  6. SWH


  • Bynon, T and F.R. Palmer (1986) Studies in the History of Western Linguistics. New York: CUP.
  • Fromkin, V., R. Rodman and N. Hyams (2007) An Introduction to Language. New York: Thomson Wordsworth.
  • Gordon, W.T. (1982) A History of Semantics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Lakoff, G. (1987) Women, Fire and Dangerous Things. What Categories Reveal about the Mind. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
  • Lakoff, G. and M. Johnson (1980) Metaphors We Live By. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
  • Pullum, G.K. (2004) ‘Ideology, Power and Linguistic Theory’.
  • Radford, A. (1988) Transformational Grammar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Robins, R.H. (1997) A Short History of Linguistics. New York: Longman.
  • Saussure, F. de. (1983) Course in General Linguistics. Eds. C. Bally and A. Sechehaye. Trans. R. Harris. La Salle, Illinois: Open Court.
  • Seuren, P.A.M. (1998) Western Linguistics: An Historical Introduction. Malden: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Trask, R.L. (1999) Language: The Basics, London and New York: Routledge.
  • Trudgill, P. (1994) Dialects, London and New York: Routledge.
  • Trudgill, P., A. Hughes and D. Watt (2005) English Accents and Dialects: An Introduction to Social and Regional Varieties of English in the British Isles, Hodder Education.
  • Ungerer, F. and H-J. Schmid (1996) An Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics. Harlow: Pearson Education.
  • Yule, G. (1996) The Study of Language. Cambridge: CUP.
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