Geoffrey Sampson


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Publications: Language, General


Schools of Linguistics: Competition and Evolution, Hutchinson and Stanford University Press, 1980.

Translated into: Italian (1983); Malay/Indonesian (1987); Korean (1999). (I have seen references to an Arabic translation published by King Saud University, Riyadh, but have no definite details.)


Review of The Cambridge History of Linguistics, ed. by Linda Waugh, Monique Monville-Burston, and John Joseph, Linguist List 35.1598, 2024.

Review of The Handbook of Usage-Based Linguistics, ed. by Manuel Díaz-Campos and Sonia Balasch, Linguist List 35.728, 2024.

Review of The Indo-European Language Family: a phylogenetic perspective, ed. by Thomas Olander, Linguist List 34.2768, 2023.

Review of Ethnolinguistic Prehistory: the peopling of the world from the perspective of language, genes and material culture, by George van Driem, Linguist List 32.3679, 2021.

Review of Sunnyside: a Sociolinguistic History of British House Names, by Laura Wright, Linguist List 32.1097, 2021.

Review of Language Choice in Postcolonial Law: Lessons from Malaysia’s Bilingual Legal System, by Richard Powell, Linguist List 31.2424, 2020.

Review of The Handbook of Linguistics, 2nd edn, ed. by Mark Aronoff and Janie Rees-Miller, Linguist List 30.1964, 2019.

Review of The Urban Vernacular of Late Medieval and Renaissance Bristol, by Moragh Gordon, Linguist List 29.4014, 2018.

Review of Handbook of Comparative and Historical Indo-European Linguistics, by Jared Klein et al., Linguist List 29.2388, 2018.

Review of Researching Northern English, ed. by Raymond Hickey, Linguist List 27.2947, 2016.

Review of The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis, ed. by Bernd Heine and Heiko Narrog, Linguist List 26.5216, 2015.

Review of The Grammar of Names in Anglo-Saxon England by Fran Colman, Linguist List 26.32, 2015.

“Me Tarzan, you Jane. Let’s snog” (review of Guy Deutscher, The Unfolding of Language, and Robbins Burling, The Talking Ape), Times Higher Education Supplement, 5 May 2006.

Review of Rethinking Writing by Roy Harris, Times Higher Education Supplement, 15 Feb 2002, p. 28.

Review of Words and Rules by Steven Pinker, Times Higher Education Supplement, 12 May 2000, pp. 22–3.

“Two fanzines for high-brows” (review of books about Noam Chomsky), Times Higher Education Supplement, 11 Feb 2000, p. 27.

Review of Language Wars by L.-J. Calvet, Linguistics 37.568–71, 1999.

Review of The Complete Lojban Language by J.W. Cowan, Journal of Linguistics 35.447–8, 1999.

Review of the journal English Language and Linguistics, Times Higher Education Supplement, 12.2.1999, p. 28.

Review of The Foundation of Literacy by B. Byrne and of A Paradigm for Cognition by W. Kintsch, Times Higher Education Supplement, 16.10.1998, p. 27.

Review of Comparing English Worldwide, ed. by S. Greenbaum, Natural Language Engineering 4.363–5, 1998.

Review of Principles of Language Change by William Labov and Linguistic Reconstruction by Anthony Fox, Times Higher Education Supplement 14.4.1995, p. 27.

Review of Language: the Loaded Weapon by Dwight Bolinger, Quinquereme 4.269–70, 1981.

Review of Six Lectures on Sound and Meaning by Roman Jakobson, Journal of Literary Semantics 9.46, 1980.

Reply to Graham, Studies in Language 1.137–8, 1977.

Review of Aspects of Language by Y. Bar-Hillel, Journal of Literary Semantics 2.101–5, 1973.

Review of Structuralism by J. Piaget, Public Law Autumn 1971, p. 238.

Review of Chomsky: Selected Readings, ed. by J.P.B. Allen & P. van Buuren, The Spectator 6.2.1971, pp. 189–90.

Review of New Horizons in Linguistics, ed. by J. Lyons, The Spectator 5.12.1970, p. 732.




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