Browse the BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2 revision 01, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and other English language markets, available from www.bic.org.uk. You can also browse version 1.2 of the new Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme.

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Code Description
C Language
Do not use “C” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section C below
CB Language: reference and general
Note: with CB* codes, assign also the appropriate Language qualifier, where possible
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”
CJ Language teaching and learning (other than ELT)
Note: use CJ* codes for teaching / learning material for all languages and for English as a first language. Always assign Language qualifier. Do not use for English as a second language, ELT, TEFL etc – see Section E


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