Preparing to study English Language
If you have studied English Language before, you will already be familiar with the way language is described as well as some of the areas of study.
A stimulating introduction to the subject is Steven Pinker’s book: The Language Instinct (Penguin, ISBN: 9780141037653).Depending on your particular area of interest, you might also want to read:
Aitchison, J. (2007) The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics, Cambridge University Press ISBN: 0415167914
Allen, K., Bradshaw, J., Finch, G., Burridge, K. and Heydon, G. (2010) The English Language & Linguistics Companion, Palgrave MacMillan ISBN: 9781403989710
Crystal, D. (2003) (2nd edn) The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language, Cambridge University Press ISBN: 0521559677
Pinker, S. (2008) The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature, Penguin ISBN: 9780141015477