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Linguistics: Books

Recommended Encyclopedias, Dictionaries & Bibliographies

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries are an excellent source of information when starting out with your study. They can help you define terms, get an overview of a topic, and suggest further scholars and sources to explore.

Print versions of these will be on Floor 2 @ the Central LIbrary - check the Call number for a language before checking the shelves.

New Books and Journals

Keep up to date with a weekly selection of the latest language and linguistics books on display in the Central Library Recent Arrivals area:

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Browsing the shelves in the Library

Books and other language and linguistics resources are held in a number of libraries on the Dunedin campus including:

Call number areas you may wish to browse include:

Central Library -  

  • Language & philosophy: B
  • Psycholinguistics: BF
  • Linguistics: P 1-1091
  • Sociolinguistics: P 40
  • Communication: P 87-96
  • Linguistic theory: P 101-410
  • Language acquisition: P 118-118.7
  • Science of language/linguistics: P 121-149
  • Comparative grammar: P 201-299
  • Linguistic geography: P 375-381
  • Modern languages, Celtic languages: PB
  • Romanic languages: PC
  • Germanic languages: PD
  • English language: PE
  • IELTS, TESOL, TOEFL: PE 1128
  • West Germanic languages: PF
  • Slavic, Baltic and Albanian languages: PG
  • Uralic and Basque languages: PH
  • Oriental philology and literature: PJ
  • Indo-Iranian philology and literature: PK
  • Languages of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania: PL
  • Hyperborean, Indian and artificial languages: PM
  • Neurolinguistics: QP
book shelves

Audiovisual resources can be used in Central Library on Floor 2, some group study rooms, or on your laptop.

To find items on Course Reserve...

Search by your Course Code, e.g. Ling231, for textbooks, audiovisual resources, and required and essential readings. Many will be accessible 24/7, labelled E-Reserve.

To find books...

Try Library Search, or:

If you need a book that is not available here...

Submit your request through our Get It Interloan service.

Library users can search for items then create requests for items not held in the University of Otago Library, and monitor the progress of those requests.

Books interloaned from NZ or Australian libraries are free, but overseas loans are $25.