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Surviving Linguistics: A Guide for Graduate Students
Second Edition

Monica Macaulay

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Front cover image   xiv + 159 pages
publication date: January 2011

ISBN 978-1-57473-029-6 paperback, $24.95
ISBN 978-1-57473-229-0 paperback 10-pack, $125.00
ISBN 978-1-57473-129-3 library binding, $64.95



This fully updated guide offers linguistics students clear, practical, and focused advice on how to succeed in graduate school and earn a degree. Surviving Linguistics is a valuable resource for students at any stage of their graduate career, from learning to write linguistics papers through completing their dissertation and finding a job. Along the way, the author explains the process of submitting conference abstracts, speaking at conferences, publishing journal articles, writing grant applications, creating a CV, and much more. Throughout Surviving Linguistics, Macaulay emphasizes the importance of working with advisors, dissertation committees, and fellow graduate students. The second edition includes new exercises as well as helpful references to many new books and online resources.

Although Macaulay focuses on North America in explaining the structure of graduate school and the process of applying for academic jobs, the advice in this book about writing and research in linguistics is useful to linguistics students everywhere.

"This is a much-needed 'how-to' book for aspiring linguists.... This volume should be required reading for first year students."
--eLanguage, June 2010 (see more reviews)

Inside the 2nd edition

The author has added new advice about PowerPoint presentations, conference poster sessions, citations and citation managers, funding sources, and applying for grants. There are revised and expanded sections on informed consent and human subjects, preparing to submit a journal article, and job options for linguists. Undergraduates will find guidance on preparing for grad school in linguistics, with advice on choosing, applying to, and visiting graduate programs.

Available as single copies or 10-packs

Surviving Linguistics is available in paperback and library binding (no dust jacket). We also offer paperback 10-packs for professors, advisors, and departments who want to give this popular guide to their students. These 10-packs are 10 copies of the paperback edition packed together and offered at a 50% discount. Bookstores and resellers should note that the 10-pack is non-returnable after 30 days, and that no further discounts apply to the 10-pack.

About the author

Monica Macaulay is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches a research methods and materials course for linguistics graduate students. Macaulay received her PhD in linguistics at the University of California-Berkeley in 1987. Her research is primarily on the morphology of Native American Languages. She cofounded the Women in Linguistics Mentoring Alliance, has served on the LSA Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics, and is a past member of the LSA Executive Committee. She is also a Reviews Editor for the Linguist List, and serves on the Linguist List Advisory Board. Her home page is

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