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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: February 1997
  • availability: Replaced by 9780521736503
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521559676


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  • This Second Edition of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language presents a mass of new information and introduces the subject of language to a fresh generation of students and general readers. Probably the most successful general study of language ever published, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language covers all the major themes of language study, including popular ideas about language, language and identity, the structure of language, speaking and listening, writing, reading, and signing, language acquisition, the neurological basis of language, and languages of the world. Exposing this work to a new generation of readers, the Second Edition extends the range of coverage to include advances in areas such as machine translation, speech interaction with machines, and language teaching. There is new material on acoustics, physiological concepts of language, and World English, and a complete update of the language distribution maps, language-speaking statistics, table of the world's languages, and further reading. All geopolitical material has been revised to take account of boundary changes. The book has been redesigned and is presented for the first time in full color, with new pictures and maps added.

    • First edition of the same book has sold 130,000 since published in 1987
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    "...a treasure trove to language lovers." Robert MacNeil

    "Investigates every conceivable corner of the world of language." The Christian Science Monitor

    "...remarkably accessible...the writing is plain and non-technical..." Toronto Globe and Mail

    "The quantity and quality of included information is amazing. Composed by an individual, this is a truly unique and monumental reference work." American Reference Books Annual

    "The book is overwhelming yet inviting; the information ranges from the most basic to the very technical. Even the casual browser couldn't help but be fascinated by the sheer scope of the book and intrigued with the diversity of its subject matter." Elaine R. Goldberg, Kliatt

    "The most diverse, enjoyable, and thought-provoking encyclopedia on language....ideal for anyone interested in words, speech, writing, and thought, and certain to be a continual point of reference for any writer for years to come. Very highly recommended." Amazon.Com Books

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: February 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521559676
    • length: 488 pages
    • dimensions: 276 x 220 x 34 mm
    • weight: 1.965kg
    • contains: 300 b/w illus. 200 colour illus. 20 maps 100 tables
    • availability: Replaced by 9780521736503
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Popular Ideas about Language:
    1. The prescriptive tradition
    2. The equality of languages
    3. The magic of language
    4. The functions of language
    5. Language and thought
    Part II. Language and Identity:
    6. Physical identity
    7. Psychological identity
    8. Geographical identity
    9. Ethnic and national identity
    10. Social identity
    11. Contextual identity
    12. Stylistic identity and literature
    Part III. The Structure of Language:
    13. Linguistic levels
    14. Typology and universals
    15. The statistical structure of language
    16. Grammar
    17. Semantics
    18. Dictionaries
    19. Names
    20. Discourses and text
    21. Pragmatics
    Part IV. The Medium of Language: Speaking and Listening:
    22. The anatomy and physiology of speech
    23. The acoustics of speech
    24. The instrumental
    25. Speech reception
    26. Speech interaction with machines
    27. The sounds of speech
    28. The linguistic use of sound
    29. Suprasegmentals
    30. Sound symbolism
    Part V. The Medium of Language: Writing and Reading:
    31. Written and spoken language
    32. Graphic expression
    33. Graphology
    34. The process of reading and writing
    Part VI. The Medium of Language: Signing and Seeing:
    35. Sign language
    36. Sign language structure
    37. Types of sign language
    Part VII. Child Language Acquisition:
    38. Investigating children's language
    39. The first year
    40. Phonological development
    41. Grammatical development
    42. Semantic development
    43. Pragmatic development
    44. Language development in school
    Part VIII. Language, Brain and Handicap:
    45. Language and the brain
    46. Language handicap
    Part IX. The Languages of the World:
    47. How many languages?
    48. How many speakers?
    49. The origins of language
    50. Families of languages
    51. The Indo-European family
    52. Other families
    53. Language isolates
    54. Language change
    55. Pidgins and creoles
    Part X. Language in the World:
    56. The language barrier
    57. Translating and interpreting
    58. Artificial languages
    59. World languages
    60. Multilingualism
    61. Language planning
    62. Foreign language learning and teaching
    63. Language for special purposes
    Part XI. Language and Communication:
    64. Language and other communication systems
    65. Linguistics

  • Author

    David Crystal

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