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    I'm applying for Linguistics and a modern language - preferably Chinese.

    So far I have my choices as follows:
    - Newcastle
    - Leeds
    - Manchester Met
    - Notts Trent
    - Lincoln

    Any one recommend any specific uni's?

    Also, any suggested reading material for me to dig into?
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    Hey!! I can't help much with the foreign languages, but I can definitely recommend reading.

    It totally depends what you're interested in, but some of the best books are things like 'Introduction to Linguistics' which will give you a flavour of the different subject areas eg. grammar and syntax, semantics and pragmatics, child language acquisition, second language acquisition, historical linguistics, philosophy of meaning, semiotics, philology etc! There's so much out there on specific aspects of linguistics so it's impossible to really direct you in any way until you know what kinds of things you're interested in. I can recommend 'The Language Instinct' as basic reading because it's relatively easy to read and does have a good overview of interesting topics like linguistic relativity, mentalese, phonetics and AI applications.

    There's lots out there by Pinker which is worth looking at, and Deuscher too (probably spelled his name wrong!). David Crystal has a ton of really accessible books like 'How Language Works' which look at things in surface level detail, and his newest book 'Gift of the Gab' looks incredibly interesting too! If you want specifics, Aitchson is really influential in psycholinguistics, alongside Jean Berko Gleason. Trudgill is a basic staple of sociolinguistics, especially research into accent and dialect and prestige features. If you're interested in philosophy of meaning, Saussure's General Semantics is good but not very easy to engage with (in my experience) - he looks at the relationship between signs and linguistic units of meaning, which is very interesting but difficult if you're not studying philosophy!

    If you want any other advice/recommendations, feel free to ask whatever!
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    Who are 'Introduction to Linguistics' and 'The Language Instinct' by?Thanks
 
 
 
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