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Collection Development Policy Statement Linguistics

Library Collections and Resources: Linguistics
Selector: John Rawlings
Date 9/12/05

I. Programmatic Information

Linguistics Department
Stanford Language Center

The Department of Linguistics is a vibrant center of research and teaching, with 20 faculty members, over 40 graduate students, and a lively undergraduate major. The range of languages studied is diverse and the scope of active research and teaching is broad, including acquisition, computational linguistics, historical linguistics, morphology, phonetics, phonology, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, semantics, sociolinguistics, syntax, typology and variation.

Portions of the research agenda of the Stanford Language Center are also supported by the selector and Green library collections: second language acquisition, literacy learning, and language-related policy development and research, and the teaching of “uncommonly-taught” languages.

Language interests in the departments of Anthropological Sciences and CASA are also covered by the linguistics selector.

II. Coordination & Cooperative Information

• The Linguistics bibliographer selects descriptive material on all the world languages and dialects except for those few major languages covered by Stanford’s several area/language curators including, e.g., Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hebrew, Russian, inter alia.

• Responsibility for Indo-European is shared with the Classics selector.

• The Math/Computer Science selector has primary responsibility for mathematical and computational linguistics.

• The Education selector is responsible for language teaching and learning.

• The East Asian selector is responsible for Chinese and Japanese language material.

• Arabic language material is the responsibility of the Middle East selector.

• The Russian/East European selector is responsible for Russian language material.

• Most African imprints arrive via gathering plans of the Africa selector.

III. Subject & Language Modifiers

Geographical: No limitation so far as theoretical or descriptive works within the language guidelines below. Most acquisitions are US and Western European imprints.
Chronological : No limitations.
Language : About 80% of all purchases (books and periodicals) are English language titles. All acquisitions require at least a title page in a Roman script.

IV. Description of Material Collected

Types of material collected : The entire realm of published linguistics literature, and other material needed to support short or long-term research projects, including dissertations and electronic corpora

Publication date : Primarily current imprints.

Conspectus of the Field: Linguistics (adapted from RLG Conspectus)

Ethnolinguistics 4/4F
Psycholinguistics 4/4F
Sociolinguistics 4/4F
Language Planning 4/4F
Study and Teaching see Education CD statement
History/Biography 4/4F
Semiotics 4/4F with the language/area selectors
Non-Verbal Communication 4/4F
Philosophy, Psychology, Origin of Language 4/4F
Bilingualism/Multilingualism 4/4F with Education, see its statement
Linguistics Methodology, Analysis 4/4F
Applied Linguistics 3/3F with Education, see its statement
Mathematical/Computational Linguistics see Math/Comp Science CD statement
Historical Linguistics/Diachronics 4/4F Classics for Greek and Roman
Indo-European 4/4F with Classics
Descriptive Linguistics, Synchronics 4/4F
Theory of Grammar 4/4F
Comparative Grammar 4/4F
Writing Systems, Origin of Alphabet 4/4F
Phonology 4/4F
Morphology 4/4F
Syntax 4/4F
Stylistics 4/4F
Composition see Education statement
Rhetoric see Communication statement
Semantics 4/4F with Philosophy
Lexicography 4/4F
Dialectology and Linguistic Geography 4/4F
Translating and Interpreting 3/3F
Translating and Interpreting—Machine Translation see Math/Comp Science statement Prosody 3/3F
Metrics 3/3F
American Indian languages 4/4F
Mixed language. Pidgins and Creoles 4/4W
Artificial and Universal Languages 3/3W

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