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Linguistics Classification

The Library of Congress classification scheme, used by the WVU Libraries to catalog our materials, has designated the letter P to cover the languages and literatures of the world. As a sub-class, P is used to organize general linguistics materials. You can use this to browse in the Downtown Campus Library bookstacks for materials of interest in broad subject categories and topics.

Library of Congress Subclass P


P1-1091                Philology. Linguistics

P1-85                     General

P87-96                   Communication. Mass media

P94.7                     Interpersonal communication

P95-95.6               Oral communication. Speech

P98-98.5               Computational linguistics.  Natural language processing

P99-99.4               Semiotics. Signs and symbols

P99.5-99.6            Nonverbal communication

P101-410              Language. Linguistic theory.  Comparative grammar

P118-118.75        Language acquisition

P121-149              Science of language (Linguistics)

P201-299              Comparative grammar

P301-301.5           Style. Composition. Rhetoric

P302-302.87        Discourse analysis

P306-310              Translating and interpreting

P321-324.5           Etymology

P325-325.5           Semantics

P326-326.5           Lexicology

P327-327.5           Lexicography

P375-381              Linguistic geography

P501-769              Indo-European  (Indo-Germanic) philology

P901-1091            Extinct ancient or medieval languages

To determine call number ranges for specific languages and language families, you can consult the following detailed list of the P classification: