Top 50 Linguistics Books


(1) The Language Instinct (2) The Stuff of Thought (3) Through the Language Glass (4) The Power of Babel (5) The Unfolding of Language (6) Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue (7) Empires of the Word (8) Metaphors We Live By (9) In the Land of Invented Languages (10) Words and Rules

1. The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

Steven Pinker | avg rating 4.04–46,727 ratings — published 1994


2. The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

Steven Pinker | avg rating 3.91–23,421 ratings — published 2007


3. Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages

Guy Deutscher | avg rating 3.86–10,558 ratings — published 2010


4. The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language

John McWhorter | avg rating 3.98–8,100 ratings — published 2001


5. The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind’s Greatest Invention

Guy Deutscher | avg rating 4.16–9,210 ratings — published 2005


6. Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English

John McWhorter | avg rating 3.78–11,735 ratings — published 2008


7. Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World

Nicholas Ostler | avg rating 4.05–7,439 ratings — published 2005


8. Metaphors We Live By

George Lakoff | avg rating 4.09–12,436 ratings — published 1980


9. In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build a Perfect Language

Arika Okrent | avg rating 4.07–5,875 ratings — published 2009


10. Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language

Steven Pinker | avg rating 3.90–3,780 ratings — published 1999


11. How Language Works: How Babies Babble, Words Change Meaning, and Languages Live or Die

David Crystal | avg rating 3.82–2,424 ratings — published 2006


12. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Lynne Truss | avg rating 3.86–141,313 ratings — published 2003


13. Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal About the Mind

George Lakoff | avg rating 4.11–3,862 ratings — published 1987


14. Syntactic Structures

Noam Chomsky | avg rating 3.84–2,873 ratings — published 1957


15. The Study of Language

George Yule | avg rating 3.96–3,450 ratings — published 1985


16. Don’t Sleep, There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

Daniel L. Everett | avg rating 3.87–6,004 ratings — published 2008


17. The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

Mark Forsyth | avg rating 4.24–11,681 ratings — published 2011


18. Language and Mind

Noam Chomsky | avg rating 3.93–3,897 ratings — published 1968


19. The Stories of English

David Crystal | avg rating 4.07–3,120 ratings — published 2004


20. The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language

Christine Kenneally | avg rating 3.69–3,403 ratings — published 2007


21. Language Myths

Laurie Bauer | avg rating 3.69–2,083 ratings — published 1998


22. On Language

Noam Chomsky | avg rating 3.92–2,824 ratings — published 1975


23. The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language

John McWhorter | avg rating 3.59–1,989 ratings — published 2014


24. Is That a Fish in Your Ear? Translation and the Meaning of Everything

David Bellos | avg rating 3.75–5,210 ratings — published 2011


25. Historical Linguistics: An Introduction

Lyle Campbell | avg rating 3.93–798 ratings — published 1991


26. The Story of English

Robert McCrum | avg rating 4.08–5,839 ratings — published 1986


27. The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World

David W. Anthony | avg rating 3.94–5,197 ratings — published 2007


28. The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Simon Winchester | avg rating 3.84–182,773 ratings — published 1998


29. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language

David Crystal | avg rating 4.38–1,494 ratings — published 1987


30. Syntax: A Generative Introduction. Second Edition

Andrew Carnie | avg rating 3.82–678 ratings — published 2002


31. Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States

Bill Bryson | avg rating 3.90–20,293 ratings — published 1994


32. The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building

David J. Peterson | avg rating 4.01–3,839 ratings — published 2015


33.

Mark C. Baker | avg rating 3.94–1,042 ratings — published 2001


34. Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages

Mark Abley | avg rating 3.85–1,824 ratings — published 2003


35. Lingo: A Language Spotter’s Guide to Europe

Gaston Dorren | avg rating 3.87–3,161 ratings — published 2014


36. You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity

Robert Lane Greene | avg rating 3.85–2,660 ratings — published 2011


37. The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

Melvyn Bragg | avg rating 3.96–6,145 ratings — published 2003


38. The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

Steven Pinker | avg rating 4.03–16,127 ratings — published 2014


39. Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners

Michael Erard | avg rating 3.49–3,185 ratings — published 2012


40. The Lexicographer’s Dilemma: The Evolution of Proper English, from Shakespeare to South Park

Jack Lynch | avg rating 3.98–2,529 ratings — published 2009


41. The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way

Bill Bryson | avg rating 3.96–51,627 ratings — published 1990


42. Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It

Gabriel Wyner | avg rating 4.22–9,923 ratings — published 2014


43. Aspects of the Theory of Syntax

Noam Chomsky | avg rating 3.91–913 ratings — published 1965


44. Bastard Tongues: A Trailblazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World’s Lowliest Languages

Derek Bickerton | avg rating 3.80–1,709 ratings — published 2008


45. The Story of English in 100 Words

David Crystal | avg rating 3.84–3,189 ratings — published 2011


46. The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us

James W. Pennebaker | avg rating 3.58–8,530 ratings — published 2011


47. Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech

Edward Sapir | avg rating 3.96–544 ratings — published 1921


48. The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World’s Most Endangered Languages

K. David Harrison | avg rating 3.77–1,506 ratings — published 2010


49. A Little Book of Language

David Crystal | avg rating 3.77–1,933 ratings — published 2010


50. The Linguistics Wars

Randy Allen Harris | avg rating 3.80–491 ratings — published 1993


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