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Subject Policy Statement - LINGUISTICS


A. Purpose and Program Description

The Libraries seeks to support research and teaching in all areas of linguistics and related disciplines. Programs and courses include undergraduate and postgraduate (by coursework or research) courses up to Ph.D. in linguistics, language studies, language and philosophy and culture, phonetics and phonology, syntax and semantics, computational linguistics, discourse and conversation analysis, language types and language universals, contrastive grammar, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, lexicology and lexicography, morphology, neurolinguistics, language acquisition, writing systems and language and information technology.

Research focuses on phonetics, speech recognition, phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicology and lexicography, language typology, language and literacy, sociolinguistics and conversation analysis, corpus linguistics, child language acquisition, pyscholinguistics, language and the human brain with a particular concentration on linguistic studies of Asian languages and a strong tradition of research in Cantonese linguistics.

Areas of established specialization are the classic works of all areas of linguistics, Chinese and East-Asian languages, English and major Western languages.

The Collection supports the needs of undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students, the teaching faculty, and many visiting researchers.


B. General Selection Guidelines (See Classed Analysis)

Overall, the Libraries' existing collection and acquisitions commitment, based upon available resources, and its collection goal for Linguistics are all at the research level.


C. Specific Delimitations

  1. Formats collected: We collect monographs, annuals, reference tools, and scholarly series extensively; periodicals, audio-visual materials, microforms, CD-ROMs and other electronic tools, and dissertations (other than HKU dissertations) selectively.
  2. Imprint Dates Collected: We collect current publications extensively and earlier materials selectively.
  3. Chronological Focus: We collect materials focusing on the current period extensively and earlier periods selectively.
  4. Languages Collected: We collect English and Chinese materials extensively and other non-English language materials selectively.
  5. Place of Publication: We collect materials published China, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and United States extensively, and materials published elsewhere selectively.