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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language

3rd Edition

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  • Date Published: July 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521736503

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  • This new, thoroughly revised edition of the acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language incorporates the major developments in language study which have taken place since the mid 1990s. Two main new areas have been added: the rise of electronic communication in all its current forms from email to texting, and the crisis affecting the world's languages, of which half are thought to be so seriously endangered that they will die out this century. • All language statistics have been updated, and additional information provided about their linguistic affiliation • All topics involving technology have been revised to take account of recent developments, notably in phonetics, language disability, and computing • Maps have been revised to include new countries or country names • Special attention has been paid to fast-moving areas such as language teaching and learning • The text design has been completely updated with many new illustrations throughout

    • Features new sections on the rise of electronic communications and language death
    • Incorporates all major developments in language study since the mid 1990s
    • Statistics, geographical information, illustrations and text design have all been revised and updated from the last edition
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Praise for Previous Edition: ‘… a celebration of language in all its oddity, beauty, fun, astonishing complexity and limitless variety.’ --London Review of Books

    ‘… an ingenious tour de force … stunningly diverse linguistic menu.’ --Robert Burchfield, The Times

    ‘… David Crystal has a great facility for explaining language issues with plain good sense, wit and admirable brevity.’ --The Times Educational Supplement

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: July 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521736503
    • length: 524 pages
    • dimensions: 276 x 219 x 36 mm
    • weight: 2.1kg
    • contains: 200 b/w illus. 20 maps 100 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to 1st edition
    Preface to 2nd edition
    Preface to 3rd edition
    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. Discourse 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 analysis of speech
    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 Disability:
    45. Language and the brain
    46. Language disability
    Part IX. The Languages of the World:
    47. How many languages?
    48. How many speakers?
    49. The origins of language
    50. Families of language
    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 teaching and learning
    63. Language for special purposes
    Part XI. Language and Communication:
    64. Language and other communication systems
    65. Linguistics
    Appendices: I. Glossary
    II. Special symbols and abbreviations
    III. Table of the world's languages
    IV. Further reading
    V. Index of languages, families, dialects, and scripts
    VI. Index of authors and personalities
    VII. Index of topics

  • Author

    David Crystal, University of Wales, Bangor
    David Crystal is one of the world's foremost authorities on language and works as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster. He is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor and has published over 100 books. His most recent publications include: Think On My Words: Exploring Shakespeare's Language (2008), Language and the Internet, 2nd Edition (2006) and English as a Global Language, 2nd Edition (2003).

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