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Learn to Think like a Linguist

Josh R.
The list author says: "Linguistics isn't about double negatives and dangling participles. Linguists study how languages, and human language in general, actually work. Understand languages better - learn to use the same tools by reading these books!"
Linguistics (Teach Yourself Languages)
Linguistics (Teach Yourself Languages)
"It won't teach you everything, but this very basic, very general introduction will plant your feet on the topsoil surface of the field of linguistics. Consider this book your survey course."
The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language
The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language
"Now I suggest an "optional" read. Popular linguistics books are in vogue, and to your benefit! Take a breather with a less technical work, such as this one."
Introducing Phonology (Cambridge Introductions to Language and Linguistics)
Introducing Phonology (Cambridge Introductions to Language and Linguistics)
"This is an accessible introduction to how sounds work in language. You will analyze specific languages, and finish the course with an intermediate understanding of how to approach phonology in any language you may come across."
A Course in Phonetics
A Course in Phonetics
"This is a technical introduction to phonetics, but is still very accessible to most readers. You will learn more about how sounds work in languages and gain a broader picture of the field of phonetics and phonology."
What is Morphology (Fundamentals of Linguistics)
What is Morphology (Fundamentals of Linguistics)
"Morphology studies how language works at the level of the individual "word". This introduction consistently includes examples for each topic from one sample language, and provides practical exercises within each chapter."
Introduction to Government and Binding Theory
Introduction to Government and Binding Theory
"This technical introduction to Government and Binding Theory (Chomsky's "Principles and Parameters") will thoroughly immerse you in generative syntax. The author intends to prep you for tackling more advanced texts in generative grammar and modern syntax."
The Concise Dictionary of Linguistics (Oxford Quick Reference)
The Concise Dictionary of Linguistics (Oxford Quick Reference)
"This tidy linguistics companion will come in very handy as you attempt to untangle and recall all of the above key terms and concepts."
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (P.S.)
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (P.S.)
"A thoroughly readable presentation of a nativist/cognitivist perspective on language and mind. Fits nicely with a variety of frameworks in modern syntax"
The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics
The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics
"Learn more about the struggle to define the relationship between mind, brain and language. Aitchinson surveys the gamut of literature on topics as diverse as animal communication, child learning and "language genes" to provide us with a compelling window into this field."
Alternative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition
Alternative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition
"This series of articles moves beyond cognitivist approaches to language learning to discuss other current methods, including complexity theory, identity theory and language socialization approaches."