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Linguistics at the University of Chicago Library

Linguistics  [lĩŋ-gwí-stiks]


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).

Linguistics at the University of Chicago



Linguistics Sub-Class P

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


P1-1091                Philology. Linguistics

P1-85                     General

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

P321-324.5           Etymology

P325-325.5           Semantics

P326-326.5           Lexicology

P327-327.5           Lexicography

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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