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Linguistics (NEW)

Linguistics is the study of languages


The library collects books to support your studies. More recently, we have been purchasing mainly eBooks. This page presents three main categories of books: New Books, Prescribed Textbooks, and Reference Books.

You can find books in the library by using uKwazi. The video below will guide you on how to search for books and articles on uKwazi.

eBooks can be accessed by clicking on the relevant link on uKwazi. Physical books are shelved according to the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) System, and Theology books are mainly located on level 8 of the main library on the following subjects and DDC numbers:

General linguistics and related topics 400
Philosophy and theory; international languages 410
Language learning, language teaching 420
Historical and comparative linguistics; standard language usage 430
Germanic languages; German 430
Romance languages; French 440
Italian, Romanian, and related languages 450
Spanish and Portuguese languages 460
Latin and Italic languages 470
Classical and modern Greek languages 480
Other languages 490


These are books for Linguistics students which are allocated on level 8 or 5 - Short Loan.  If you need more, please search your  Smart Search Catalogue. 

How Many books are you allowed to borrow?

We have curated a selection of key reference books in our collection for this subject. 

Reference books, also known as reference materials or resources, are specialized publications that provide concise and reliable information on specific subjects. They are designed to be consulted for quick reference, providing factual details, definitions, explanations, and summaries. Reference books often cover a wide range of topics and are typically organized in alphabetical order or by subject for easy access. Examples of reference books include dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, almanacs, handbooks, and directories.

Reference Collection


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