Three essential books for English Language students

A bit of a course-specific blog, this one!

The title is pretty self-explanatory…

It’s about books that will be advantageous to fellow English Language Studies students.

1. The Big Daddy:

The Encyclopedia of the English Language


Written by David Crystal, who is pretty much the God of linguistics.

His writing style is as impressive as his beard (look him up), usually linguists write in an extremely complex way, but this guy makes it Crystal clear!

In this beast of a book, you can find he explores past, present and future. Crazy! He uses an array of media like text, pictures, tables, maps and graphics to make his words come to life.

Through those mediums, he discovers history, structure, variety and ranges of Englishes around the globe.

I reccommend you getting this if you are an English Language student, or just want to know why and how we speak and write the way we do.

Referencing from this beaut never fails.

2. The Goddess:

The Frameworks of English: Introducing Language Structures


From being Head of English at a college in Surrey and a chief examiner for English Language A Level, Kim Ballard tailors her writing to students.

In this specific book, it’s everything you need to know about linguistic structures¬†in an easy to read style. The book focuses on up-to-date, modern English regarding …

– Morphology

– Lexis

– Grammar

– Phonology

Sounds complicated to someone who doesn’t study linguistics, right? You should know the terms if you’re entering/attending university to study this subject – if not, the book will tell you, as well as your lecturer.

3. The Sociolinguistic Holy Book:

Sociolinguistics: An Introduction to Language and Society


I know, it’s rather ironic me telling you to get this book and me not having it, but I haven’t had the opportunity to do many socio-linguistics modules.

So I drew it, can you tell? I tried to draw the silhouette of the little girl, but it looks more like a koala bear, to be fair.

There’s one lecturer in particular who obsesses over this book, saying it’s the bible of socio-linguistics and it’s because it’s written by Peter Trudgill.

Trudgill is a Swiss professor of linguistics at the University of Fribourg and has written countless books. This book focuses on the link between language and society and the numerous elements that effect our speech, these include…

– Gender

– Environment

– Age

– Race

– Class

– Region

– Politics

All of these are explored in great detail and have links with our speech, using examples from all over the world.

This guy really knows his stuff and would be useful for modules like introduction of socio-longstics, Language, Style & Identity and 21st Century English.

I am, in fact, getting this book soon because I have a module next semester called Multilingualism, I think it’ll come in handy!

Well, that’s my riveting review of the essential books for your linguistic undergraduate life.

After these three years, you could use the books for postgraduate studies, sell/donate them, or give them to your future grandchildren to follow on your legacy…

If you buy them, use them and reference them.