I am looking for linguistics exercises to do over the summer. These can be from websites providing worksheets, or recommendations of textbooks which contain such exercises or worksheets, or recommendations of self-study tips and techniques.

I have just finished my second year of linguistics and philosophy at university, and I want to get more practice doing these exercises to help me decide whether I want to commit to linguistics as a major for my 3rd and 4th years.

Some linguistics popularisers, such as Martin Hilpert, or some commenters around here, have noted that unlike in other humanities subjects, when you study linguistics, you do not just write essays, and instead, you actually learn to do linguistic analyses of data-sets. For whatever reason, I have had very little experience doing this in my degree: most of my courses have been assessed through essay-writing. While I like writing essays, I want to get more experience doing linguistic analysis of data-sets before committing to linguistics as a major (potentially to study at postgrad level).

The type of exercise I am looking for, as described in the Linguistics Stack Exchange discussion I linked above involves a data-set (either provided on the worksheet or collected by me), which I must then analyse by looking for relevant theories to explain the data, and applying one that looks to fit well.

While that is the primary type of exercise I am looking for, I will also welcome any other type of self-study resource if you think I might find it useful. The areas of linguistics I am most interested in are: semantics, pragmatics, metaphor, cognitive linguistics, the mental lexicon, first language acquisition, language evolution, sociolinguistics, and discourse analysis. However, I welcome exercises relating to other areas of linguistics too.

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    For historical linguistics, I recommend Blust 2018 101 Problems and Solutions in Historical Linguistics: A Workbook mitpress.mit.edu/books/…
    – Alex B.
    Commented Jul 23, 2021 at 15:43
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    My Introduction to Linguistic Analysis coursepacks are mostly composed of problems and handouts. They're scans and they're free. Part 1 covers morphology, phonetics, and phonology; Part 2 covers syntax, semantics, and selected short subjects. Class syllabus here.
    – jlawler
    Commented Jul 24, 2021 at 14:03


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