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2/22/09 3:10 PM
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protoculture
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Anyone know a good book or lecture series that can help serve as a foundation for learning linguistics and new languages? I've seen a lot of interesting stuff browsing Wikipedia and there is quite a bit of terminology spread across different disciplines. It is tough to know where to start.

I'm interested to learn this stuff for a couple of different reasons.

I want to be able to read stuff from other languages and be able to guess the basic gist of the content. I've heard that many languages are related (ie Romance languages). I'm thinking if you know how languages work you can probably make an educated guess a lot of the time as to the meaning.

The other motivation is to be able to be more precise. I work on software and it would be easier to be able to nail down precisely what something is supposed to do rather than hand-waving. Even explicitly knowing what you don't know would be pretty huge.
2/24/09 5:31 PM
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 linguistics doesn't really help with learning how to speak a language.  It will force you to learn how to write a programming language though.

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