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Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

D Crystal

Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

D Crystal

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A revolution in language publishing Superbly illustrated in colour throughout, this is the most comprehensive reference book on the history, structure and worldwide use of English ever written. Clear and accessible, the book abounds with insights into how the language evolved and how it works. All aspects of English are covered* - the history of English - grammar, pronunciation and spelling - spoken and written English - regional and social variations - accents and dialects - new words, jargon, slang and cliches - English in use - in science, law, politics, advertising, the media ...- the huge range and creativity of the English vocabulary - language in literature and language in humour - teaching and learning the language - English as a world language - the future of English Photographs, advertisements, cartoons, quotations, newspaper cuttings, poems, anecdotes and examples vividly complement the text throughout, bringing life, surprise and humour to even the most complex topics. No language student or language lover should be without this unique and fascinating book.

- Publisher English is arguably the nearest thing we have to a world language, and yet it is a language with a wealth of varieties, dialects, and traditions, all developing in different ways and at different speeds. This book is a superbly written and illustrated exploration of the history, structure, and use of English throughout the world. World-renowned linguist and author, David Crystal, explores the many facets and varieties of the English language, bringing life to this large and complex subject. He begins with the origins of English in Anglo-Saxon times and follows the growth of the language to the present. Every major English-speaking country is included, and the book abounds with insights into how English evolved and how it works. The author pays particular attention to the use of language in literature and how it permeates humor. He allows language to "speak for itself" by using quotations, photographs, newspaper clippings, poems, advertisements, cartoons, and many other types of illustrative material that vividly complement his narrative. Author Crystal systematically covers the structural features of English, and includes a complete description of grammar, a summary of pronunciation and writing systems, and a thorough treatment of the size and complexity of vocabulary. He explains technical aspects in simple and accessible terms and includes a glossary to assist the reader with unclear language terminology. Highly visual with striking color illustrations, panels and boxed features throughout, this book is fascinating reading for the widest possible audience. David Crystal is the author of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (CUP, 1987) and the editor of The Cambridge Encyclopedia (CUP, 1990, 1994).

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A revolution in language publishing Superbly illustrated in colour throughout, this is the most comprehensive reference book on the history, structure and worldwide use of English ever written. Clear and accessible, the book abounds with insights into how the language evolved and how it works. All aspects of English are covered* - the history of English - grammar, pronunciation and spelling - spoken and written English - regional and social variations - accents and dialects - new words, jargon, slang and cliches - English in use - in science, law, politics, advertising, the media ...- the huge range and creativity of the English vocabulary - language in literature and language in humour - teaching and learning the language - English as a world language - the future of English Photographs, advertisements, cartoons, quotations, newspaper cuttings, poems, anecdotes and examples vividly complement the text throughout, bringing life, surprise and humour to even the most complex topics. No language student or language lover should be without this unique and fascinating book.
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English is arguably the nearest thing we have to a world language, and yet it is a language with a wealth of varieties, dialects, and traditions, all developing in different ways and at different speeds. This book is a superbly written and illustrated exploration of the history, structure, and use of English throughout the world. World-renowned linguist and author, David Crystal, explores the many facets and varieties of the English language, bringing life to this large and complex subject. He begins with the origins of English in Anglo-Saxon times and follows the growth of the language to the present. Every major English-speaking country is included, and the book abounds with insights into how English evolved and how it works. The author pays particular attention to the use of language in literature and how it permeates humor. He allows language to "speak for itself" by using quotations, photographs, newspaper clippings, poems, advertisements, cartoons, and many other types of illustrative material that vividly complement his narrative. Author Crystal systematically covers the structural features of English, and includes a complete description of grammar, a summary of pronunciation and writing systems, and a thorough treatment of the size and complexity of vocabulary. He explains technical aspects in simple and accessible terms and includes a glossary to assist the reader with unclear language terminology. Highly visual with striking color illustrations, panels and boxed features throughout, this book is fascinating reading for the widest possible audience. David Crystal is the author of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (CUP, 1987) and the editor of The Cambridge Encyclopedia (CUP, 1990, 1994).
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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
  • Part Vi. Learning About English: 23. Learning English As A Mother Tongue
  • 24. New Ways Of Studying English
  • Appendices
  • Indexes.

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  • Catalogue Code 90714
  • Product Code 0521401798
  • EAN 9780521401791
  • Pages 500
  • Department Academic
  • Category Language
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date May 1995
  • Dimensions 276 x 219 x 38 mm
  • Weight 2.258kg

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