Purpose of Collection:

The Linguistics and Language Studies collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Linguistics is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. As such, the collection also provides support for teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields such as Cognitive Science, Psychology, English Language and Literature, Neuroscience, and Digital Humanities.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our Linguistics Subject Guide.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies


Modern Languages

Themes/Subject Coverage - Linguistics

General Linguistics: Anthropological Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Comparative Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Functional Linguistics, Ethnolinguistics Expeimental Linguistics, Neurolinguisticsm Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, Linguistic Fieldwork, Systemic Functional Linguistics, Text Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics ,Linguistic Change Linguistic, Research Philosophy, Psychology Linguistics, Language documentation and revitalization

Language: Child Language, Language Acquisition, Foreign Language Acquisition. Second Language Acquisition, Language Analysis, Language and Cognition, Language and Gender, Language and Genre, Language and Ideology, Language and Politics, Language and Power, Political Language, Language and Text, Language Disorders, English Language for Academic Purposes (EAP), English Language for Specific Purposes, Language Planning, Language Policy, Language Processing, Language Production, Language Research, Language Spread, Language Typology, Philosophy and Psychology of Language, Sociology of Language

The Study of Language: Grammar, Lexicon, Modality, Morphology, Phonetics, Phonology, Pragmatics, Rhetoric Semantics, Semiotics, Syntax

Applied Language Studies/Applied Linguistics: Bilingualism, Communication, Diachronic Change, Discourse, Genre Studies, Literacy, Research Methodologies and Strategies, Teaching and Learning

Reading and Writing: Reading Disorders, Reading Evaluation, Teaching of Reading, Academic Writing, Evaluation of Writing, Pedagogical Writing, Professional Writing, Second Language Writing, Teaching of Writing, Technical Writing, Theory of Writing, Writing Research

Themes/Subject Coverage - Modern Languages

The School of Linguistics offers courses in the following: American Sign Language, Anishinaabemowin, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Language: Core reference books will be acquired to support language learning. These may include dictionaries (general and technical), grammars, and other reference material deemed necessary for language learning. To support authentic language learning, this may also include a limited collection of reading material necessary for students in their coursework.

Culture: Material about the culture/country where the language of study is spoken. Travel diaries and other material representative of experience in the culture/country where the language of study is spoken.

Pedagogy: Limited amount of material will be collected regarding the theory of teaching foreign languages to support teachers.

Selection Guidelines


Primarily current material is collected with earlier material acquired to fill in a series gap, replace an important work that is missing or damaged, or in response to faculty and student recommendations.


Collect materials primarily from Canada and the United States as well as selectively from other countries.


Linguistics: English-language works will be the primary focus of the collection. Other languages collected upon faculty request.

Modern Languages: The aim of materials selected is to provide teaching and learning support for foreign language classes. Thus, material will be purchased, in English, the language of study. Bilingual material (in English and the language of study) will also be acquired as needed.


Books, Journals, Reference Material, Government Publications, Conference Proceedings, Online Subscriptions


  • Study and practice materials designed for the use of students
  • Foreign languages not studied at SLALS

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