Controversial Books for USC.LING

This page shows the most "controversial" books in this library, as measured by the highest standard deviation of members' star ratings.

Standard Deviation Average Rating Your Rating Title
1.129 3.44 The English Language: A Historical Introduction by Charles Barber
1.11 3.49 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association by American P... Association
1.083 3.57 Aspects of the Theory of Syntax by Noam Chomsky
1.055 4.09 American Sign Language Dictionary by Martin L. A. Sternberg
1.035 3.86 Course in General Linguistics (Open Court Classics) by Ferdinand de Saussure
1.034 3.9 Mirriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary: Ninth Edition by Websters Merriam
1.031 3.79 Language, Thought, and Reality: Selected Writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf by Benjamin Lee Whorf
1.023 3.8 The Origins and Development of the English Language by Thomas Pyles
1.008 3.67 Syntactic Structures by Noam Chomsky
1.004 3.86 A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian
0.999 3.96 An Introduction to Language by Victoria Fromkin
0.972 4.07 Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein
0.969 4.13 The Story of Language by Mario Pei
0.965 3.37 Language, Truth and Logic by A. J. Ayer
0.956 3.95 A History of the English Language by Albert C. Baugh
0.949 4 A Course in Phonetics by Peter Ladefoged
0.945 3.95 501 German Verbs by Henry Strutz
0.944 3.9 What Is This Thing Called Science? by Alan Chalmers
0.942 3.71 Sociolinguistics: an introduction by Peter Trudgill
0.932 3.9 A handbook to literature by William Harmon
0.932 3.64 Lectures & conversations on aesthetics, psychology and religious belief by Ludwig Wittgenstein
0.929 3.61 The Atoms of Language: The Mind's Hidden Rules of Grammar by Mark C. Baker
0.927 3.96 The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership by Steven B. Sample
0.926 3.39 The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus by Merriam-Webster
0.917 3.98 Against Method by Paul Feyerabend
0.897 3.9 Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects by Bertrand Russell
0.894 4.32 Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein
0.89 4.25 Phonetic Symbol Guide by Geoffrey K. Pullum
0.888 3.84 How to lie with statistics by Darrell Huff
0.885 4.29 Orality and Literacy (New Accents) by Walter J. Ong
0.884 4.04 Naming and Necessity by Saul A. Kripke
0.881 3.98 Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World by Nicholas Ostler
0.878 3.93 How to Do Things with Words by J. L. Austin
0.872 3.52 Contemporary Linguistics: An Introduction by William O'Grady
0.872 3.45 Webster's New World Thesaurus by Charlton Laird
0.865 4.1 Wittgenstein; On Rules and Private Language; An Elementary Exposition by Saul A. Kripke
0.857 3.91 An Introduction to Old Norse by E. V. Gordon
0.844 3.25 An Introduction to Sociolinguistics by Ronald Wardhaugh
0.838 3.99 The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by Steven Pinker
0.836 4.09 The Physicists by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
0.833 3.64 Bastard Tongues: A Trailblazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World's Lowliest Languages by Derek Bickerton
0.825 3.75 Java How to Program by Harvey M. Deitel
0.822 3.96 Writing With Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing by John R. Trimble
0.797 4.5 Le Petit Robert : Dictionnaire alphabétique et analogique de la langue française by Paul Robert
0.783 4.2 Proofs and Refutations: The Logic of Mathematical Discovery by Imre Lakatos
0.752 3.12 Um. . .: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean by Michael Erard
0.702 4.12 Word and Object by Willard Van Orman Quine
0.701 4.15 On Certainty by Ludwig Wittgenstein
0.676 4.32 Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs by James P. Allen
0.673 4.34 Thought and Language by Lev S. Vygotsky
0.669 3.77 Language Files: Materials for an Introduction to Language and Linguistics by Ohio State University Department of Linguistics
0.651 3.74 Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings by Leo Braudy
0.579 4.44 The American Language: An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States by H. L. Mencken
0.541 4.67 Webster's Third New International Dictionary by Philip Babcock Gove