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Wed Aug 13 2003

Books: Language Description, English: Crystal

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  1. jreid, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language: Crystal

Message 1: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language: Crystal

Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2003 10:13:57 +0000
From: jreid <>
Subject: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language: Crystal

Title: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language
Subtitle: Second Edition
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press		 
Author: David Crystal				

Hardback: ISBN: 052182348X, Pages: 506, Price: $75.00
Comment: 104 halftones/7 graphs/85 line diagrams/53 maps/27 tables
Paperback: ISBN: 0521530334, Pages: 506, Price: $35.00


"...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

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.

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.

Lingfield(s): General Linguistics
		Language Description	 

Subject Language(s): English (Language code: ENG)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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