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** = only need to review or skim/read selections of chapters/sections

# = I only have the ebook, not a physical copy

Summer 2020:

  1. **Phonology (Spencer) [review/skim, esp. suprasegmental phen.]
  2. **Vowels and Consonants (Disner/Ladefoged) [review/skim]
  3. Sapiens (Harari)
  4. Landmarks in Linguistic Thought: Volume I (Harris/Taylor)
  5. The Dawn of Slavic (Schoenberg)
  6. Phonological Theory: The Essential Readings (Goldsmith)
  7. #A Theory of Phonological Features (Duanmu)
  8. Autosegmental and Metrical Phonology (Goldsmith)
  9. #Prosodic Features and Prosodic Structure: The Phonology of Suprasegmentals (Fox)
  10. Optimality Theory (Kager)
  11. #Experimental Approaches to Phonology (Solé/Beddor/Ohala)
  12. **The Grammar of Words: An Introduction to Morphology (Booij) [review/skim]
  13. **Syntactic Theory (Poole)
  14. #Constituent Structure (Carnie)
  15. #The Morphosyntax of Gender (Kramer)
  16. #Parameters of Slavic Morphosyntax (Franks)
  17. #Linguistic Minimalism: Origins, Concepts, Methods, and Aims (Boeckx)
  18. Historical Linguistics: An Introduction (Campbell)
  19. #The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World (Mallory/Adams)
  20. Comparative Indo-European Linguistics: An Introduction (Beekes)
  21. #From Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Germanic (Ringe)
  22. #The Development of Old English (Ringe/Taylor)
  23. Western Linguistics: An Historical Introduction (Seuren)
  24. #Introducing Psycholinguistics (Warren)
  25. Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek (Morwood)
  26. #New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin (Sihler)
  27. A Sanskrit Grammar for Beginners (Müller)

Before I condensed the list to the above, my list was a bit more….. shall we say, optimistic about my time management skills this summer lmao. The original list is below.

Previous List:

  1. **Phonology (Spencer) [review/skim, esp. suprasegmental phen.]
  2. **Vowels and Consonants (Disner/Ladefoged) [review/skim]
  3. Sapiens (Harari)
  4. Landmarks in Linguistic Thought: Volume I (Harris/Taylor)
  5. The Dawn of Slavic (Schoenberg)
  6. Phonological Theory: The Essential Readings (Goldsmith)
  7. A Theory of Phonological Features (Duanmu)
  8. The Development of Distinctive Features (Mielke)
  9. Autosegmental and Metrical Phonology (Goldsmith)
  10. Prosodic Features and Prosodic Structure: The Phonology of Suprasegmentals (Fox)
  11. Optimality Theory (Kager)
  12. Experimental Approaches to Phonology (Solé/Beddor/Ohala)
  13. **The Cambridge Handbook of Phonology (just selected sections)
  14. **The Oxford Handbook of Historical Phonology (just selected sections)
  15. **The Grammar of Words: An Introduction to Morphology (Booij) [review/skim]
  16. **Syntax: A Generative Introduction (Carnie) [Review/skim, especially later chapters]
  17. **Syntactic Theory (Poole)
  18. Constituent Structure (Carnie)
  19. Syntactic Categories: Their Identification and Description in Linguistic Theories (Rauh)
  20. Adjectives and Adverbs: Syntax, Semantics, and Discourse (McNally/Kennedy)
  21. The Syntax of Russian (Bailyn)
  22. **Introduction to Government and Binding Theory (Haegeman)
  23. **Principles and Parameters: An Introduction to Syntactic Theory (Culicover)
  24. The Morphosyntax of Gender (Kramer)
  25. Serial Verb Constructions (Aikhenvald/Dixon)
  26. Parameters of Slavic Morphosyntax (Franks)
  27. Null Subjects in Generative Grammar (Cognola/Casalicchio)
  28. Linguistic Minimalism: Origins, Concepts, Methods, and Aims (Boeckx)
  29. Bare Syntax (Boeckx)
  30. Exploring Nanosyntax (Baunaz/De Clercq/Haegeman/Lander)
  31. Historical Linguistics: An Introduction (Campbell)
  32. **An Introduction to Historical Linguistics (Crowley/Bowern) [skim]
  33. **Historical Linguistics: Towards a 21st-Century Reintegration (Ringe/Eska)
  34. The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World (Mallory/Adams)
  35. **Indo-European Language and Culture: An Introduction (Fortson)
  36. Comparative Indo-European Linguistics: An Introduction (Beekes)
  37. **Indo-European Linguistics: An Introduction (Clackson)
  38. A History of the English Language (Baugh/Cable)
  39. From Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Germanic (Ringe)
  40. The Development of Old English (Ringe/Taylor)
  41. A Guide to Old English (Mitchell/Robinson)
  42. From Old English to Standard English (Freeborn)
  43. **The Cambridge History of the English Language: Volume I (Blake)
  44. **The Cambridge History of the English Language: Volume II (Hogg)
  45. Sound Change and the History of English (Smith)
  46. Diachronic Syntax (Roberts)
  47. Micro-Change and Macro-Change in Diachronic Syntax (Mathieu/Truswell)
  48. Tense: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics (Comrie)
  49. Aspect: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics (Comrie)
  50. Mood and Modality: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics (Palmer)
  51. **Modality (Portner)
  52. Number: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics (Corbett)
  53. Case: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics (Blake)
  54. **The Oxford Handbook of Case (Malchukov/Spencer)
  55. Western Linguistics: An Historical Introduction (Seuren)
  56. Case and Aspect in Slavic (Richardson)
  57. **Semantics (Saeed) [skim/review]
  58. Formal Semantics: An Introduction (Cann)
  59. Language Origins: Perspectives on Evolution (Tallerman)
  60. Introducing Psycholinguistics (Warren)
  61. A Grammar of the Latin Language (Zumpt)
  62. The Oxford Latin Syntax: Volume I (Finester)
  63. New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin (Sihler)
  64. Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek (Morwood)
  65. A Sanskrit Grammar for Beginners (Müller)
  66. Sanskrit Manual (Bucknell)
  67. A Sanskrit Grammar for Students (MacDonell)
  68. Syllable and Segment in Latin (Sen)
  69. The Development of Latin Clause Structure (Danckaert)
  70. The Cambridge History of the Romance Languages: Valume I (Maiden/Smith/Ledgeway)
  71. Romance Phonetics and Phonology (Gibson/Gil)
  72. The Romance Verb (Maiden)
  73. Computational Approaches to Morphology and Syntax (Roark/Sproat)
  74. Data Visualization and Exploration with R (Pimpler)
  75. Python for Linguists (Hammond)
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Kennedy Ryan


Kindle Edition, 300 pages

Published May 26th 2020 by Blue Box Press


The boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have…

Dig a little and you’ll find photos of me in the bathtub with Ezra Stern.
Get your mind out of the gutter. We were six months old.
Pry and one of us might confess we saved our first kiss for each other.
The most clumsy, wet, sloppy … spectacular thirty seconds of my adolescence.
Get into our business and you’ll see two families, closer than blood, torn apart in an instant.
Twenty years later, my “awkward duckling” best friend from childhood,
the boy no one noticed, is a man no one can ignore.

Finer. Fiercer. Smarter.

Tell me it’s wrong.
Tell me the boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have.
When we find each other again, everything stands in our way–secrets, lies, promises.
But we didn’t come this far to give up now.
And I know just the move to make if I want to make him mine.




He glances up from the board, his eyes tracing my face in that deliberate way of his. “The queen is the most powerful piece.”

I just read one of the best book this year! Queen Move is an amazing novel by the amazing Kennedy Ryan about Kimba Allen and Ezra Stern. Kimba and Ezra were more than just childhood best friends, they were soulmates. They were attached at the hip even before they can start talking and been together until their teenage years but then got separated because Ezra’s family had to move to a different country. Years later, they met each other again and realized that they feelings for each other remains the same and that just made things complicated.

This book indeed have extra ordinary characters. Kimba is an extra-ordinary woman. She’s smart, feisty, and intelligent and one of the strongest characters I came across with. A determined woman who is the best at her job. An amazing woman of color trying to make her own name and making history in the field of Politics.

Ezra, on the other hand is an equally amazing character as well. He’s an amazing educator, a smart, kind and selfless man who cares deeply for his family, friends and for his community.

This book has the most amazing characters, I loved how they complement each other and I also loved their improvements. The story is also perfect, there are no dull moments and it isn’t predictable. Kennedy Ryan have an amazing writing style and I love that in all her books that I’ve read.

Queen Move is not just your ordinary second-chance romance. It is a book that speaks about family, love, friendship and social issues that are relevant right now. Kennedy Ryan wrote an amazing book that will definitely inspire people, particularly women to reach for their dreams and be the best in they everything they aspire to do even it’s a field or industry being dominated by men.

I’ve read some of her books and she never disappoint me, not even once. I hope you can give this book a try and some of her books, too. I personally recommend Grip and of course, Queen Move.

Happy Reading!



PS. I need to add The King Maker Duet on my reading list this month. I’ve freaking curious about it since I’ve heard that Kimba is also there.

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03-06-2020 | First day back at school & it feels strange! Didn’t see my students today but I talked to some colleagues which was really nice. They didn’t need me at school and I got to spend the whole day working on my paper.

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Theres a lot of shit going on in the world right now and between supporting my friends and the black community, I am finishing up on my exams.

I think may has been the most hectic month so far this year, but I managed to spend a good 61 hours staying focused, and about 45 of those were spent studying so I can’t complain.

Also, my book is published and once my last exam is over I can dedicate time to book 2.

If you have time, please look through my recent posts on how you can support the black community during their protests, most of these can be done at home like signing petitions, sending emails, and watching youtube videos so the proceeds from ads can be sent to various charities and bail funds.

Stay safe 🧡🧡

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As protests against injustice in legal system, discrimination, police brutality spread through the US, it is necessary to educate yourself about these issues. 

Here are some recommendations, include both non-fiction and fiction about racism and challenges that black people face throughout their lifetimes. 

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100 days of productivity: 1/100

Made a lilac French 75! 2oz Ldn dry gin, 1oz lemon, ½ oz simple syrup; shake iced, serve clean and top with champagne (home brewed lilac champagne in this case).

I also made a blog post, finished my portfolio essay and started to read some more BLM articles. There is no such thing as too much education when it comes to discrimination.

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Book Review #6
Book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Author: J.K. Rowling
Time taken to read: 10 days
Rating: 5/5

Spoilers Ahead

The Goblet of Fire has always been my favourite Harry Potter movie in the series, but the book definitely takes it to the next level! I’m so glad I decided to re read this incredible series.

I’ve always adored the mystery and plot in this instalment, the whole story line is so well thought through and all the details are amazing! There’s such a good balance between funny scenes, the gripping mysterious chapters, and the odd emotional scene towards the end.

Firstly, the character development in this is wonderful to read. The relationship between Harry, Ron and Hermione is never perfect, and simply represents a normal teenager’s life, even though the story is fantasy based, it doesn’t ignore reality, which is what I love. Ron and Harry who fall out, but eventually make up and thrive through the Triwizard Tournament. And Hermione and Ron, who always have their arguments, but also make up in the end, are perfect examples.

The most beautiful part about this story, is that Harry is learning what it’s like to have a father, which he thought he would never feel. The exchanging of letters between Harry and Sirius is so well thought through, and real emotion has been put into this, and I adore how Sirius is always worrying about Harry, living up to the Godfather James would’ve wanted.

The most thorough aspect of the story has to be the Barty Crouch plot. I never remembered how intense this story line was the last time I read it, and I loved reading it. The way that the trio are trying to figure out the issue with their theories, but then finding out the full truth, and how it all links together is magnificent.

I also love the return of Voldemort, the whole ritual of bringing him back and the beautiful duelling scene between them, and how the most recent victims appear. Harry gets to see and speak to his parents for a brief second, which is more than he could ever imagine before hand.
Additionally, the end of feast scene was stunning. The respect for Cedric, and Dumbledore’s speech is so heartfelt and emotional.

The only flaw about this book would be the lack of detail during the task chapters. I felt they were a little bland and didn’t give much sense to what was going on, and I felt it hard to imagine properly what Harry was doing, but never the less, this book remains my favourite!

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