List for Linguists, Conlangers and Language Lovers

A Listmania! list by D. M. Lord (West Midlands, UK)
 
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language
1.  The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language by David Crystal
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  "The most complete overview of the entire field of linguistics. Hidden gems on every page. Entertaining, too!"
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Describing Morphosyntax: A Guide for Field Linguists
2.  Describing Morphosyntax: A Guide for Field Linguists by Thomas E. Payne
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  "A heavy going, but thorough and wonderful handbook for the linguanaut."
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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language
3.  The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language by David Crystal
The list author says:
  "An innovative guide to English. A fabulous book, covering nearly every imaginable context of English usage."
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Linguistics (Teach Yourself Languages)
4.  Linguistics (Teach Yourself Languages) by Jean Aitchison
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  "A basic guide as an introduction to lingustics, covering most simple aspects of linguistics."
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Lunatic Lovers of Language: Imaginary Languages and Their Inventors
5.  Lunatic Lovers of Language: Imaginary Languages and Their Inventors by Marina Yaguello
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  "A little wandering, this outlines numerous created languages and language proposals, but indeed is far from exhaustive. Great for the historical conlanger."
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The Search for the Perfect Language
6.  The Search for the Perfect Language by Umberto Eco
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  "A very interesting but dry look at the history of the idea of a perfect language, from natural tongues to numerous created language proposals throughout the ages."
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Loom of Language
7.  Loom of Language by Frederick Bodmer
The list author says:
  "Dated and eurocentric, but still exceptionally good as a guide to language and learning Romance and Teutonic/Germanic languages. Also contains info on International Auxiliary Language (IAL) proposals."
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Learn Ancient Greek
8.  Learn Ancient Greek by Peter Jones
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  "A witty and humerous introduction to Ancient Greek. Nice. You actually feel as if you are learning something quickly, as well as being amused."
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Hammer's German Grammar and Usage, 4Ed
9.  Hammer's German Grammar and Usage, 4Ed by Martin Durrell
The list author says:
  "This is dry. Very dry. But it must be said, it is essential for anyone with a deep interest in the German language. Get the 4th edition, as it uses the new spelling system."
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Esperanto (TYL)
10.  Esperanto (TYL) by J Cresswell
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  "Teach Yourself books are mostly good. I'd read a few bad ones, and then found this one, wihch restored my faith in TY, and enabled me painlessly to learn Esperanto."
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Esperanto-English, English-Esperanto Dictionary and Phrasebook (Dictionary & Phrasebook)
11.  Esperanto-English, English-Esperanto Dictionary and Phrasebook (Dictionary & Phrasebook) by Joseph F. Conroy
The list author says:
  "A brief guide to the most popular created language, Esperanto. Does contain some errors, probably the fault of bad editting."
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The Secret History
12.  The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The list author says:
  "Why a novel in a languages list? It's what inspired me to start learning Ancient Greek, that's why. Although not much language comes into it, the characters are all linguists, and it's a favourite."
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Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English (Second Edition)
13.  Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English (Second Edition) by Patricia T. O'Conner
The list author says:
  "This book is a handy little guide for correct usage of English. Unlike many other guides, it's painless to learn to get the apostrophe right with this book. It is written in American English, however."
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The Klingon Hamlet (Star Trek: All Series)
14.  The Klingon Hamlet (Star Trek: All Series) by Lawrence Schoen
The list author says:
  "Now this is just silly. Great fun. I picked up my copy in a used book store in Alabang, Philippines. The saleslady thought it was a dialect of Arabic."
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Learn Latin: The Book of the Daily Telegraph QED Series
15.  Learn Latin: The Book of the Daily Telegraph QED Series by Peter Jones
The list author says:
  "A rare thing: a book on a classical language, with entertainment value as well as educational value."
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Language in Danger: How Language Loss Threatens Our Future
16.  Language in Danger: How Language Loss Threatens Our Future by Andrew Dalby
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  "Sometimes a little sensational, a good guide to language decline worldwide."
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