Linguistics readings

What is Linguistics?

It is the study of these knowledge systems in all their aspects: how is such a knowledge system structured, how is it acquired, how is it used in the production and comprehension of messages, how does it change over time? Linguists consequently are concerned with a number of particular questions about the nature of language. What properties do all human languages have in common? How do languages differ, and to what extent are the differences systematic, i.e. can we find patterns in the differences? How do children acquire such complete knowledge of a language in such a short time? What are the ways in which languages can change over time, and are there limitations to how languages change? What is the nature of the cognitive processes that come into play when we produce and understand language?

How can we help you?

The following selection of books is our proposal for readings about Linguistics where you can find and consult useful material related to this area.

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Réka Somssich, Judit Várnai, Anna Bérczi Study on lawmaking in the EU multilingual environment (2010)


European Commission Lingua franca (2010)


European Commission
Mapping best multilingual business practices in the EU (2011)


European Commission
Intercomprehension (2012)


European Commission
Study on language and translation in international law and EU law (2012)


Petersen Alexander M, Joel, Tenenbaum Shlomo Havlin, H. Eugene Stanley
Statistical Laws Governing Fluctuations in Word Use from Word Birth to Word Death (2011)


European Commission, Directorate General for Translation
Proceedings of the conference: ‘Clear writing throughout Europe’ (2010)


Daniel Pimienta, Daneiel Prado,
Alvaro Blanco

Twelve years of measuring linguistic diversity in the Internet: balance and perspectives (2009)


Oxford Journals
International Journal of Lexicography (2015)


Europe’s Languages in the
Digital Age


Gerhard Budin, Vesna Lušicky
Languages for Special Purposes in a Multilingual, Transcultural World (2014)


European Union Interinstitutional Style Guide

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