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Collection Guidelines: Linguistics: Subject Info

These are the guidelines by which materials are purchased for the linguistics collections of the UW Libraries.

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These are the guidelines by which materials are purchased for the linguistics collections of the UW Libraries (Seattle Campus).  For questions or more information, please contact the Linguistics Librarian.

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Subject Definition

Linguistics is the study of language as a natural phenomenon. It focuses on grammar, the social context of language variation, the physics and perception of speech sounds, the properties of language evolution and the automated processing of speech and language by computers.  As language is an exclusively and intrinsically human characteristic, research on the structure, acquisition, and use of language cuts to the heart of human cognition and the social world, linking linguistics to psychology, anthropology, information science, and many other disciplines.

--University of Washington Department of Linguistics website, Spring 2018

Subject Classification

Library of Congress Classification (LC):

  • BF455-BF463: Psycholinguistics
  • HV2741-HV2500: Sign languages
  • P1-P410: Philology and linguistics
  • P501-P769: Indo-European philology
  • P901-P1091: Extinct ancient languages of Europe and Western Asia
  • PA-PM: Philology and linguistics of world languages
  • QA76.9.N38: Natural language processing

Dewey Decimal Classification:

  • 400s: Language
  • 410s: Linguistics
  • 420s-490s: Languages of the world