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Linguistics for Continuing Education: Getting started

What is Linguistics?

A very simple and basic definition: Linguistics = the study of language as a method of human communication. It includes the study of grammar and syntax, phonetics and phonology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, dialectology, computational linguistics, comparative linguistics, structural linguistics, applied linguistics and second language learning. 

  How to find things

Search SOLO to find books, e-books and journal titles.

Use Databases A-Z to search bibliographic databases, online resources and individual e-journals.

You will find more information on searching for library resources under Finding Resources on the library website.

Can't find what you are looking for? Please contact the library for assistance.

Reference tools

A glossary of linguistic terms for the serious student at

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics is accessible online via SOLO.

The symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet and the sounds they represent can be found here:

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students studying Linguistics and language-related subjects at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, although of course others may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about the print collections for Linguistics in the Rewley House Continuing Education Library and also about electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals, bibliographic databases etc. You'll also find some tips on searching library resources effectively.

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Who can use the Rewley House Continuing Education Library?

The Library is open to all members of the University for reference purposes. Borrowing is normally restricted to students and staff of OUDCE. Short loans may be made in exceptional circumstances, please ask at the Library desk

Linguistics at Oxford

For undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Linguistics see  and  An MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition is offered by the Faculty of Education (see

The Oxford University Language Centre, 12, Woodstock Road, is a university-wide service. Find out more at

Rewley House Continuing Education Library

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The Library

Guide by Susan Wilkin

Contact info

Rewley House Continuing Education Library
Rewley House
1 Wellington Square

Tel.01865 270454


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