How can I prepare for the studies?

Although ELLDo is a master program in linguistics, not all our students have studied linguistics or philology in their undergraduate programs.

Students with little or no background in linguistics are recommended to get some basic knowledge before starting the program, and to continue catching up in core areas such as phonetics and morphology during their first year.Here are some recommendations for resources with which you may work on your own. A site made by a team at Adam Mickiewicz University (some of them are your teachers in ELLDo). It includes a textbook for young people with no prior knowledge of linguistics in English and Polish (“Book of Knowledge”) – a Turkish version will be available in autumn 2022, and some exercises with which you can explore lesser known languages (“Interactive Map”).

Textbooks for beginners

There are very many introductions to linguistics – browse the Internet and your library catalogue for descriptions and recommendations. The following three examples from Cambridge University Press give an overview of various fields of linguistics and are accessible to “absolute beginners”.

  • Bruhn de Garavito, Joyce, and John W. Schwieter, eds. 2021. Introducing Linguistics: Theoretical and Applied Approaches. Cambridge University Press.
  • Genetti, Carol. 2018. How Languages Work: An Introduction to Language and Linguistics. 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press.
  • Yule, George. 2020. The Study of Language. Seventh edition, Cambridge University Press.

Open Access:

Some textbooks we use in our classes

  • Litosseliti, Lia, ed. 2010. Research Methods in Linguistics. London; New York: Continuum.
  • Meyerhoff, Miriam, Laurel MacKenzie, and Erik Smachleef. 2015. Doing Sociolinguistics: A Practical Guide to Data Collection and Analysis. Abingdon; New York: Routledge.
  • Velupillai, Viveka. 2012. An Introduction to Linguistic Typology. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Also recommended: find some linguistic blogs (for example, here: or podcasts, for example:

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