The Routledge Handbook of Linguistics offers a comprehensive introduction and reference point to the discipline of linguistics. This wide-ranging survey of the field brings together a range of perspectives, covering all the key areas of linguistics and drawing on interdisciplinary research in subjects such as anthropology, psychology and sociology.

The 36 chapters, written by specialists from around the world, provide:

  • an overview of each topic;
  • an introduction to current hypotheses and issues;
  • future trajectories;
  • suggestions for further reading.

With extensive coverage of both theoretical and applied linguistic topics, The Routledge Handbook of Linguistics is an indispensable resource for students and researchers working in this area.

chapter |16 pages

What is linguistics?

ByKeith Allan

chapter |16 pages

Evolutionary linguistics

How Language and languages got to be the way they are
ByJames R. Hurford

chapter |14 pages

Gesture and sign

Utterance uses of visible bodily action
ByAdam Kendon

chapter |15 pages

Writing systems

Methods for recording language
ByGeoffrey Sampson

chapter |21 pages


The sounds humans make when speaking
ByAndrew Butcher

chapter |21 pages


ByHarry van der Hulst

chapter |14 pages


The structure of words
ByGeert Booij

chapter |17 pages


Putting words together
ByKersti Börjars

chapter |18 pages

Syntax as the dynamics of language understanding

ByRuth Kempson

chapter |16 pages


The meaning of words and sentences
ByJohn Saeed

chapter |18 pages

Lexical semantics today

ByNicholas Asher, Tim Van de Cruys, Márta Abrusán

chapter |18 pages


The construction of dictionaries and thesauruses
ByPam Peters

chapter |16 pages


Language use in context 1
ByYan Huang

chapter |15 pages

The linguistics of politeness and social relations

ByMarina Terkourafi

chapter |14 pages

Narrative and narrative structure

ByMichael Toolan

chapter |14 pages

Anthropological linguistics and field linguistics

ByWilliam A. Foley

chapter |17 pages


Language in social environments
ByMaya Ravindranath, Suzanne Evans Wagner

chapter |15 pages


Language and cognition
ByMatthew J. Traxler

chapter |15 pages


Mind, brain, and language
ByDavid Kemmerer

chapter |18 pages

First language acquisition

ByEve V. Clark, Marisa Casillas

chapter |19 pages

Linguistic change in grammar

ByWalter Bisang

chapter |16 pages

Language endangerment

BySimon Musgrave

chapter |16 pages

Linguistic typology and language universals

ByJae Jung Song

chapter |14 pages

Translating between languages

ByAnthony Pym

chapter |16 pages

Structural linguistics

ByJohn E. Joseph

chapter |8 pages


ByCedric Boeckx

chapter |15 pages

Cognitive linguistics

ByJohn R. Taylor

chapter |15 pages

Functional linguistics

ByJ. Lachlan Mackenzie

chapter |17 pages

Computational linguistics

ByAnn Copestake

chapter |14 pages

Corpus linguistics

ByAndrew Hardie

chapter |16 pages

Linguistics and philosophy

ByKasia M. Jaszczolt

chapter |14 pages

Linguistics and the law

ByKate Haworth

chapter |15 pages

Linguistics and politics

ByGeorge Lakoff

chapter |13 pages

Linguistics and social media

ByAna Deumert