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Program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science

Lorre Smith, Bibliographer
lsmith@albany.edu

I. General Purpose

The University Libraries' linguistics collection supports the coursework for an undergraduate degree program (B.A.) in linguistics as well as undergraduate minors in linguistics and in cognitive studies. As one of the four subfields of anthropology, linguistics supports graduate students specializing in linguistic anthropology. The linguistics collection also supports faculty research. The program may, in the future, offer an M.A. degree which would concentrate on linguistic fieldwork, language description, and language teaching.

In general, materials collected for this Program are concentrated in areas which are considered the core area of linguistics as a discipline: linguistics theory, descriptive linguistics, generative linguistics, sociolinguistics, and historical or comparative linguistics. Psycholinguistics is collected equally under the Linguistics, Psychology, Communication, and Reading collection policies. Titles in anthropological linguistics, both theoretical and applied, dealing with languages which are taught by the University are collected primarily, but not exclusively, under the policies for those programs: Chinese, English, French, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Slavic & Eurasian, Spanish. Many titles on the applied linguistics of English, and on the dialectology of American English, are acquired for the Department of Educational Theory and Practice. Titles pertaining to languages which are not taught regularly by the University, or which are taught only in the Anthropology Department, are acquired primarily through the Linguistics Program. Materials on American Indian languages are generally selected by the Anthropology Bibliographer; materials on other languages are generally selected by the Linguistics Bibliographer.

II. Subject and Language Modifiers

Languages: English is the major language of the basic collection. However, substantial amounts of material are collected in all major European and Mesoamerican languages. Materials in and about Iroquoian and Algonquian languages are also collected in depth. No languages is excluded if needed for instructional or research purposes.

Geographical Areas: Not applicable.

Chronological Areas: Not applicable.

III. Description of Materials Collected

Types of Materials Collected: Books, monographic series, and journals compose the major portion of the linguistics collection. Proceedings of conferences are also important. Dissertations are acquired only upon request when they deal with subjects of major departmental research interest. Facsimiles of manuscripts, texts and codices which are linguistically important, are acquired when available and funds permit. Newsletters may be acquired but will be retained and bound very selectively. Microforms and electronic resources will be acquired as appropriate.

The major abstracting and indexing services, bibliographies, dictionaries and other general reference materials of interest to linguistics are acquired by the Reference bibliographer in accordance with the Reference collection policy statement. More specialized reference materials, such as linguistic atlases and grammars of non-University program languages, are acquired by the Linguistics bibliographer.

Types of Materials Excluded: The only types of materials specifically excluded are basic textbooks and article preprints. Collections of previously published articles are acquired only on a very selective basis.

IV. Subject and Collection Levels

Descriptive linguistics Instructional Support Level, Advanced
Discourse analysis Instructional Support Level, Advanced
Historical or comparative linguistics Instructional Support Level, Advanced
Sociolinguistics Instructional Support Level, Advanced
Theoretical linguistics Instructional Support Level, Advanced
Psycholinguistics Instructional Support Level, Intermediate
Computational linguistics Basic Information Level, Intermediate
History of linguistics Basic Information Level, Introductory

V. Other Significant Factors

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of linguistics, there are overlaps with other collections including anthropology, sociology, education (particularly the program in Teaching English as a Second Language), psychology and computer science. Cooperation exists between the bibliographers of these areas. Materials may be selected by either bibliographer, depending upon the focus of a particular title.