BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
C Language
Do not use “C” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section C below
CF Linguistics
Note: with CF* codes, assign also the appropriate Language qualifier, where possible. Reserve CF* codes for use with academic and specialist works only. Note: for semiotics / semiology, use GTE “Semiotics / semiology”
CFA Philosophy of language
CFB Sociolinguistics
CFC Literacy
See also: JNFD “Literacy strategies”; VSL “Adult literacy guides and handbooks”
CFD Psycholinguistics
CFF Historical and comparative linguistics
Class here: etymology, language family studies. See also: CBX “Language: history and general works” for popular treatments
CFG Semantics, discourse analysis, etc
CFH Phonetics, phonology
CFK Grammar, syntax and morphology
CFL Palaeography (history of writing)
CFM Lexicography
CFP Translation and interpretation
Class here: hermeneutics
CFX Computational linguistics
CFZ Sign languages, Braille and other linguistic communication

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