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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

3rd Edition


  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from March 2022
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108437738

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  • Now in its third edition, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language provides the most comprehensive coverage of the history, structure and worldwide use of English. Fully updated and expanded, with a fresh redesigned layout, and over sixty audio resources to bring language extracts to life, it covers all aspects of the English language including the history of English, with new pages on Shakespeare's vocabulary and pronunciation, updated statistics on global English use that now cover all countries and the future of English in a post-Brexit Europe, regional and social variations, with fresh insights into the growing cultural identities of 'new Englishes', English in everyday use with new sections on gender identities, forensic studies, and 'big data' in corpus linguistics, and digital developments, including the emergence of new online varieties in social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. Packed with brand new colour illustrations, photographs, maps, tables and graphs, this new edition is an essential tool for a new generation of twenty-first-century English language enthusiasts.

    • Fully updated and expanded with new material to meet the needs of twenty-first century English language enthusiasts
    • Packed with over 100 colour illustrations, maps, tables and graphics
    • New online audio resources recorded by David Crystal for this third edition bring the text to life
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    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108437738
    • length: 582 pages
    • dimensions: 276 x 219 x 31 mm
    • weight: 1.95kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from March 2022
  • Table of Contents

    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.

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    David Crystal, University of Wales, Bangor
    David Crystal is one of the world's foremost authorities on language, having published extensively over the past fifty years on his research work in English language studies. He has authored the hugely successful The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (Cambridge, 3rd Edition, 2010) English as a Global Language (2nd edition, 2003) and Language and the Internet (Cambridge, 2nd edition, 2006) among countless other books. An internationally renowned writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster, he received an OBE in 1995 for his services to the study and teaching of the English language. He is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor and was made a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in 2000. David Crystal is the director of the Ucheldre Centre, Wales, a multi-purpose arts and exhibition centre.

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