The University of Chicago Department of Linguistics provides the following summation of its research interests and teaching philosophy:
Founded in the mid-1930's, it is the oldest linguistics department in the United States. It is theory-oriented with a deep empirical interest in languages. One of its outstanding characteristics is its commitment to a wide range of approaches to the study of language. Interdisciplinary, interdepartmental study is encouraged, and students regularly work with faculty in several other departments. Students are expected to become active researchers as soon as possible after their arrival here. The faculty are involved in synchronic and diachronic research on languages from around the world.
To support these interests, the Library collects comprehensively in all areas of theoretical linguistics and more selectively in areas of applied linguistics (sign language, language teaching, bilingualism, discourse analysis, literacy studies, etc.). The Library's strong collections in psychology, anthropology, sociology and education complement the general linguistics collection, as do its outstanding language collections (Classics, East Asian, English, Germanic, Near Eastern, Romance, Slavic & East European, South Asian languages).
The Library of Congress classification scheme, used by the University of Chicago Library to catalog its materials, has designated the letter P to cover the languages and literatures of the world. As a sub-class, P is used to organize general linguistics materials. You can use this to browse in Regenstein's bookstacks for materials of interest in broad subject categories and topics.
Library of Congress Subclass P
P87-96 Communication. Mass media
P94.7 Interpersonal communication
P95-95.6 Oral communication. Speech
P98-98.5 Computational linguistics. Natural language processing
P99-99.4 Semiotics. Signs and symbols
P99.5-99.6 Nonverbal communication
P101-410 Language. Linguistic theory. Comparative grammar
P118-118.75 Language acquisition
P121-149 Science of language (Linguistics)
P201-299 Comparative grammar
P301-301.5 Style. Composition. Rhetoric
P302-302.87 Discourse analysis
P306-310 Translating and interpreting
P375-381 Linguistic geography
P501-769 Indo-European (Indo-Germanic) philology
P901-1091 Extinct ancient or medieval languages
To determine call number ranges for specific languages and language families, you can consult the following detailed list of the P classification:
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