Students will gain an understanding of the basic premises of integrational linguistics, and will be able to identify the ways in which these differ from those of mainstream or orthodox linguistics.  Students will be introduced to debates about whether integrational linguistics can be applied to data, and may explore this issue in a project involving empirical research. In so doing students will acquire a framework for reflecting on their own individual linguistic experience, and arrive at an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the integrational paradigm as a whole.




The primary requirements are a mid-term review paper (40%) and an end-of-term research paper (60%). The review paper (1000 words) will involve writing a critical review of a book or textbook from an integrationist perspective. The research paper (2000 words) can be theoretical or empirical in nature. The former will be based on a scholarly engagement with a selection of secondary sources, while the latter requires students to apply the theoretical concepts of integrational linguistics to the analysis of ‘data’.




Harris, Roy. 1998. Introduction to Integrational Linguistics. Pergamon Press.

Additional readings:

General Literature

Davis, Hayley and Talbot Taylor. 1990. Redefining Linguistics. Routledge.
Harris, Roy. 1996. Signs, Language and Communication. Routledge.
Harris, Roy. 1981. The Language Myth. Duckworth.
Harris, Roy. 1987. The Language Machine. Cornell University Press.
Harris, Roy. 1996. Saussure and his Interpreters. Edinburgh University Press.
Harris, Roy (ed.). 2002. The Language Myth in Western Culture. Curzon Press.
Harris, Roy. 2006. Integrationist Notes and Papers. 2003-2005. Tree Tongue.
Harris, Roy. 2009. Integrationist Notes and Papers. 2006-2008. Bright Pen.
Harris, Roy. 2011. Integrationist Notes and Papers. 2009-2011. Bright Pen.
Harris, Roy. 2012. Integrationist Notes and Papers. 2012. Bright Pen.
Harris, Roy. 2013. Integrationist Notes and Papers. 2013. Bright Pen.
Harris, Roy. 2014. Integrationist Notes and Papers. 2014. Bright Pen.
Hutton, Chris. 1990. Abstraction and Instance. Pergamon Press.
Love, Nigel. (ed.) 2004. Language and History. Integrationist Perspectives. Routledge.
Love, Nigel. 1990. The Foundations of Linguistic Theory. Selected Writings of Roy Harris. Routledge.
Pablé, Adrian & Christopher Hutton. 2015. Signs, Meaning and Experience. Integrational Approaches to Linguistics and Semiotics. Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter.
Razvan Saftoiu & Adrian Pablé (eds.). 2018. ‘Integrating Dialogue’. Special Issue of Language & Dialogue 8,1. John Benjamins.
Taylor, Talbot. 1992. Mutual Misunderstanding. Duke University Press.
Toolan, Michael. 1996. Total Speech. An Integrational Linguistic Approach to Language. Duke University Press.
Toolan, Michael. (ed.) 2009. Language Teaching. Integrational Linguistic Approaches. Routledge.
Wolf, George and Nigel Love (eds.). 1997. Linguistics Inside Out: Roy Harris and his Critics. John Benjamins.

Readings by session

Week 2 & 3:
Harris & Wolf. 1998. Integrational Linguistics: A First Reader (chapters 1-3)

Week 4 & 5
Harris & Wolf. 1998. Integrational Linguistics: A First Reader (chapters 4-7)
Harris, Roy. 1989. ‘The worst English in the world?’. University of Hong Kong. Supplement to the Gazette. Vol. XXXVI (!): 37-46.

Week 6 & 7
Harris & Wolf. 1998. Integrational Linguistics: A First Reader (chapters 8-11)

Week 8
Harris & Wolf. 1998. Integrational Linguistics: A First Reader (chapters 12-14)

Week 9
Harris & Wolf. 1998. Integrational Linguistics: A First Reader (chapters 15-18)
Harris, Roy. 1986. The Origin of Writing. Duckworth.
Harris, Roy. 2000. Rethinking Writing. Continuum Press.

Week 10
Davis, Hayley. 2001. Words. An Integrational Approach. Curzon.
Harris & Wolf. 1998. Integrational Linguistics: A First Reader (chapters 19-24)
Pablé, Adrian. 2009. The ‘dialect myth’ and socio-onomastics. The names of the castles of Bellinzona in an integrational perspective. Language & Communication 29(2): 152-165.
Pablé, Adrian, Marc Haas & Noel Christe. 2010. Language and social identity. An integrationist critique. Language Sciences 32, 6: 571-576.

Week 11
Harris, Roy. 2004. The Linguistics of History. Edinburgh Press.
Harris, Roy. 2005. The Semantics of Science. Continuum Press.
Harris, Roy. 2003. The Necessity of Artspeak. Continuum Press.
Harris, Roy. 2010. The Great Debate about Art. University of Chicago Press.
Harris, Roy and Chris Hutton. 2007. Definition in Theory and Practice. Language, Lexicography and the Law. London: Continuum.
Harris, Roy. 1996. The Language Connection. Thoemmes Press.
Harris, Roy. 2008. Mindboggling. Pantaneto Press.
Harris, Roy. 2009. After Epistemology. Authors Online LTD.
Pablé, Adrian. 2011. Why the semantics of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ isn’t good enough: popular science and the language crux. Language Sciences 33, 4: 551-558.


The following books are available on-line as ‘ebooks’ in the university library:

Harris, Roy and George Wolf (eds.).1998. Integrational Linguistics a first Reader. Pergamon.
Harris, Roy. 2003. The Necessity of Artspeak: the language of the arts in the western tradition. Continuum.
Harris, Roy. 2000. Rethinking Writing. Indiana University Press.
Harris, Roy.  2005. The Semantics of Science. Continuum.
Harris, Roy and Talbot Taylor (eds.). 1997. The Western Tradition from Socrates to Saussure. Routledge.

Useful weblinks:

Homepage of Roy Harris: http://www.royharrisonline.com

Homepage of the International Association for the Integrational Study of Language and Communication:  http://www.integrationists.com/

Two linguistics journals which feature articles in integrational linguistics (both are available on-line in the library): Language & Communication; Language Sciences



Last updated: 6 July 2018