LINGUIST List 9.959

Fri Jun 26 1998

Books: Encyclopedia

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  1. Vivien Eng, Encyclopedia

Message 1: Encyclopedia

Date: 22 Jun 98 09:37:06 -0400
From: Vivien Eng <>
Subject: Encyclopedia


David Crystal; The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (Second
Edition); ISBN: 0-521-55050-5; Hardback, 8 1/2 X 11, 488 pp.;
Pub. Date: 1/28/9; PUBLISHER:Cambridge University Press; $69.95; 

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.


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/ II. LANGUAGE AND IDENTITY/
6. Physical identity/ 7. Psychological identity/ 8. Geographical
identity/ 8. Ethnic and national identity/ 10. Social identity/
11. Contextual identity/ 12. Stylistic identity and literature/
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 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/ 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/
36. Sign language structure/ 37. Types of sign language/ VII. CHILD
LANGUAGE ACQUISTION/ 38. Investigating children's language/ 39. The
first year/ 40. Phonological development/ 41. Grammatical development/
42. Semantic development/ 43. Pragmatic development/
44. Languagedevelopment in school/ VIII. LANGUAGE, BRAIN, AND
HANDICAP/ 45. Language and the brain/ 46. Language handicap/ 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/ 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/ XI. LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION/
64. Language and other communication systems/ 65. Linguistics/
APPENDICES: I. Glossary; II. Special symbols and abbreviations used in
the encyclopedia; III. Table of the world's languages; IV. Further
reading; V. References; VI. Index of languages, families, dialects,
and scripts; VII. Index of authors and personalities; VIII. Index of
Order Info:


David Crystal; The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language;
ISBN: 0-521-59655-6; Paperback, 8 5/8 X 11, 500 pp.;
PUBLISHER:Cambridge University Press $27.95

This celebrated book offers a unique experience of the English
language in all its richness and diversity. Clear and accessible, it
abounds with insights into how the language evolved and how it
works. Superbly illustrated in color throughout, and updated for this
first paperback edition, "The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English
Language" is the most comprehensive general reference book on the
history, structure, and worldwide use of English ever written.

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