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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: August 2003
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521530330

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  • Rarely has a book so packed with accurate and well researched factual information been so widely read and popularly acclaimed. This Second Edition of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language has been fully revised for a new generation of language-lovers. The book is longer and includes extensive new material on world English and Internet English, in addition to completely updated statistics, further reading suggestions and other references. First Edition Hb (1995): 0-521-40179-8 First Edition Pb (1997): 0-521-59655-6 David Crystal is a leading authority on language, and author of many books, including most recently Shakespeare's Words (Penguin, 2002), Language and the Internet (Cambridge, 2001) and Language Death (Cambridge, 2000). An internationally renowned writer, journal editor, lecturer and broadcaster, he received an Order of the British Empire in 1995 for his services to the English language.

    • The most successful general book on the English language (its past, present and future)
    • Packed with colour illustrations, maps, tables and graphics
    • Difficult concepts explained in a simple and accessible way
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    "...bedazzles you with an eye-popping presentation of the cluck-clucking of the mother tongue. If you like fireworks with your information, this is a worthwhile language book..." William Safire, The New York Times Magazine

    "The Cambridge Encyclopedia of English Language (is) perhaps the most brilliant book of the past ten years..." Globe and Mail

    "This is more than an encyclopedia; it is also a compendium of wonderful anecdotes and illustrations. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language should be at the top of the list for purchases in all library language/literature collections." Reference Book Review

    "The clear and spirited text is stunning, enhanced with over 500 illustrations, making this a particularly rich reference work and a browser's dream...Crystal has created an attractive and readable work for the lay reader as well as the specialist." Library Journal

    "...contains a monstrous amount of information on a fascinating topic arranged in a clear, concise, and, above all, entertaining manner--a dangerous combination indeed, and one that can only lead to uncontrollable reading binges lasting hours or perhaps days." Quill & Quire

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521530330
    • length: 506 pages
    • dimensions: 276 x 223 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.84kg
    • contains: 189 b/w illus. 430 colour illus. 53 maps 27 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Prefaces
    1. Modelling English
    Part I. The History of English:
    2. The origins of English
    3. Old English
    4. Middle English
    5. Early Modern English
    6. Modern English
    7. World English
    Part II. English Vocabulary:
    8. The nature of the lexicon
    9. The sources of the lexicon
    10. Etymology
    11. The structure of the lexicon
    12. Lexical dimensions
    Part III. English Grammar:
    13. Grammatical mythology
    14. The structure of words
    15. Word classes
    16. The structure of sentences
    Part IV. Spoken and Written English:
    17. The sound system
    18. The writing system
    Part V. Using English:
    19. Varieties of discourse
    20. Regional variation
    21. Social variation
    22. Personal variation
    23. Electronic variation
    Part VI. Learning about English:
    24. Learning English as a mother tongue
    25. New ways of studying English
    Appendices
    Indexes.

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    David Crystal is one of the world's foremost authorities on language.

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