Particularly strong in the basic components of general linguistics -- syntax, phonology, and semantics --, the collection also covers applied areas such as translation, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and historical linguistics.
The Indiana University Bloomington Department of Linguistics was founded as a Program in Linguistics around 1948, and is one of the oldest linguistics departments in the United States. The primary clientele for the Libraries' collections in this area are faculty and graduate students in the Department of Linguistics, and also scholars and students from other departments who are pursuing interdisciplinary research and studies.
The Linguistics collection has been carefully developed over several decades. Materials purchased on this fund are primarily intended to support departmental research and teaching. The collection is strong in the basic components of general linguistics (i.e. syntax, phonology, and semantics), although the core collection has been broadened over the years to encompass areas such as discourse analysis, pragmatics, teaching English as second language, computational linguistics, translation, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and historical linguistics.
The bulk of the collection is housed in the Wells Library and the Auxiliary Library Facility.