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Susan Macicak,
Collection Development Officer

Merry Burlingham,
Chief Bibliographer

Carolyn Cunningham,
Collection Administration Librarian

Mary Rader,
Global Studies Coordinator

Dale Correa,
Middle Eastern Studies Librarian

Bonnie Brown Real,
Collection and Consortia Assessment Coordinator

Lexie Thompson Young,
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Emilie Algenio,
Consortia Resources Coordinator

Lisa Aguilar,
Library Specialist


I. Purpose:
The primary purpose of the collection is to support research and instruction leading to undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in linguistics and in specific languages with a concentration in linguistics. A number of departments other than Linguistics and the various departments of language and literature (English, German, etc.), for example, Anthropology, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and Speech, have interests in various areas of linguistics.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Languages: There are no exclusions by language; however, the emphasis for secondary materials, for example, treatises on theoretical and applied linguistics, is on English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, and Spanish. Grammars, dictionaries, and literary texts in any language are acquired when they have relevance for linguistic studies.

B. Chronological Guidelines: Although there is an emphasis on the scientific study of language which began in the nineteenth century, there are no chronological exclusions. Grammars, dictionaries, and other materials describing, and literary texts exemplifying, the various periods of development of languages, both living and extinct, are collected from all periods.

C. Geographical Guidelines: Studies of languages of all parts of the world are collected; however, there is an emphasis on languages taught and/or researched at The University of Texas at Austin, as well as on languages for which there are few written records, such as Native American Languages.

D. Treatment of Subject: Works on theoretical and applied linguistics and linguistic methodology are broadly acquired. Although many of these works are concerned with aspects of specific languages, only rarely do they support the study of traditional grammar; the exceptions are works on lesser-known languages, for example, African and Native American languages, which are of interest to linguists. Textbooks, grammars, dictionaries, texts, etc. for these languages and those which have not yet been the subject of extensive study, such as specific pidgins, creoles, and dialects, and those with few native speakers, are acquired.

E. Types of Material: Treatises, bibliographies, conference proceedings, periodicals, and linguistic atlases are broadly acquired, as are the publications of learned societies and government agencies. Working papers from departments of linguistics in other institutions, as well as theses and dissertations from other institutions, are selectively acquired. Grammars, dictionaries, and literary texts for specific languages are selectively acquired.

F. Date of Publication: Emphasis is on the acquisition of current publications. Retrospective purchasing is relatively limited.

G. Other General Considerations: It is important to distinguish between titles bought to support the study of traditional grammar and materials on a specific aspect of a particular language, for example, a study of noun patterns in Hebrew. The usual traditional, prescriptive grammars in the former category, as well as language usage books, are generally the responsibility of the appropriate area studies or language/literature bibliographer. An exception would be a grammar of a lesser-known language of interest to linguists or a descriptive grammar illustrating some particular aspect of linguistics, for example, a generative grammar of French. Another exception would be a comparative grammar for two or more languages. In these instances the responsibility for selection lies with the linguistics bibliographer.

Philology may present problems in determining responsibility for selection, since the term has different connotations. A philological work whose focus is comparative/historical linguistic research based on the study of literature and written documents is the responsibility of the linguistics bibliographer. On the other hand, a work whose aim is to provide a textual analysis through a literary history, to establish textual authenticity, or to determine the meaning of a document is generally the responsibility of the appropriate area studies or language/literature bibliographer. This distinction may be difficult to establish for a given title in philology; for example, a Festschrift may contain several different types of materials. In cases of doubt, the linguistics bibliographer is responsible for selection.

The Asian and Middle East Collections complement the PCL (Main) Library in that materials in the vernacular on Asian and Middle Eastern languages are in the vernacular collections; materials in Western languages on these languages are in the PCL (Main) Library. The composite collecting level for a language collected in more than one location is generally C[4], when both the PCL (Main) Library and the appropriate vernacular collection are considered. Native American language materials collected in the Benson Latin American Collection and materials on these languages are not located in the PCL (Main) Library, with an occasional exception, for example, a book needed for reserves or a book for which the language under discussion seems secondary to the linguistic principle being illustrated. Titles on Spanish and Portuguese in the United States not specifically related to peoples of Latin American origin are in the PCL (Main) Library; those related to Spanish and Portuguese in Hispanic America and to Spanish and Portuguese in the United States as spoken by peoples of Latin American origin, for example, the Spanish of Mexican-Americans, are in Benson.

Besides the vernacular collections and Benson Latin American Collection, other University of Texas Libraries resources for linguistics include the Center for American History's collection of recordings of Texas speech; ERIC reports, for which linguistics and related terms are major subject subdivisions; and the Human Relations Area Files, a collection of mostly primary source material, including theses, dissertations, field notes, and manuscripts, on mainly anthropological and ethnographical aspects of some 300 cultures. Outside The University of Texas Libraries, the Sir William Jones Collection in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center is an important resource for the study of Persian, Arabic, and Oriental languages and the history of linguistics. The Department of Linguistics' A. A. Hill Library has a collection of materials on linguistics, and the Linguistics Research Center maintains a collection of speech recordings in machine-readable form.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collecting Level Bibliographer
Psycholinguistics: See Footnote 1 BF 455
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Linguistics and Philology P 1-1099
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Except: Textual Criticism P 47
PCL (MAIN) - See English Statement
Language Study and Teaching. See Footnote 2 P 51-59
PCL (MAIN) - See Education Statement
Vocational Guidance P 60
PCL (MAIN) - See Education Statement
Communication, Mass media P 87-96
PCL (MAIN) - See Communication Statement
Style, Composition, Rhetoric P 301 PCL (MAIN) - See English Statement
Dictionaries, Literary Texts : Aboriginal Languages of North America:See Footnote 3 PM 1-2711
PCL (MAIN) B[3] Linguistics
Arabic PJ 6001-7144
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Artificial Languages, Universal Languages PM 8001-9021
PCL (MAIN) B[3] Linguistics
Azerbaijani PL 311-314
PCL (MAIN) B[2] Linguistics
Catalan PC 3801-3899
PCL (MAIN) B[3] Linguistics
Celtic Languages PB 1001-3029
PCL (MAIN) B[2] Linguistics
Chinese PL 1001-2245
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Dutch PF 1-979
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
English PE
PCL (MAIN) D[4] Linguistics
Finno-Ugric Languages PH 1-2800
PCL (MAIN) A[2] Linguistics
Flemish PF 1001-1184
PCL (MAIN) A[2] Linguistics
French PC 2001-3761
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
German PF 3001-5999
PCL (MAIN) D[4] Linguistics
Greek PA 201-1179
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Hebrew PJ 4501-4937
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Hindi PK 1931-1939
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Indian Languages of Mexico, Central and South America, and the West Indies PM 3001-7356
BLAC See Benson Latin American Collection Statement
Italian PC 1001-1977
PCL (MAIN) B[2] Linguistics
Japanese PL 501-699
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Kurdish PK 6901-6909
PCL (MAIN) B[2] Linguistics
Latin PA 2001-2995
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Mixed Languages, Including Lingua Francas, Pidgins, And Creoles PM 7801-7895
PCL (MAIN) B[3] Linguistics
Pali PK 1001-1095
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Persian (New) PK 6201-6399
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Portuguese PC 5001-5498,
except 5441-5455 (q.v.)
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Portuguese in Hispanic America PC 5441-5455
BLAC See Benson Latin American Collection Statement
Prakrit languages PK 1201-1429
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Russian PG 2001-2850
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Sanskrit PK 401-976
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Scandinavian Languages PD 1501-7159
PCL (MAIN) B[3] Linguistics
Slavic Languages, Except Russian (q.v.) PG 1-1899
PCL (MAIN) B[2] Linguistics
Spanish PC 4001-4977,
except 4831-4914 (q.v.)
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Spanish in Hispanic America PC 4831-4914
BLAC - See Benson Latin American Collection Statement
Spanish in the United States PC 4826-4829
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Swahili PL 8701-8704
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Turkish PL 101-199
PCL (MAIN) B[2] Linguistics
Urdu PK 1971-1979
PCL (MAIN) C[4] Linguistics
Yiddish PJ 5111-5119
PCL (MAIN) B[2} Linguistics

Footnote 1:
Psycholinguistics is also of interest to the Psychology Department.

Footnote 2:
Note: Includes the study and teaching of linguistics, which is not an exception.

Footnote 3:
Dictionaries, literary texts needed for linguistic studies, grammars, and materials about aspects of a language may be collected for any language, generally at collecting level A[1]; languages and language groups represented at a collecting level other than A[1] are listed in the table below. For a given language or language group the LC classification range may include literature, for which the linguistics bibliographer is not responsible except for literary texts specifically collected for linguistic analysis; literatures are represented in the appropriate collection development policies.

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