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Title: The Vocabulary of World English
Written By: Stephan Gramley
Description:

‘...the book is a treasure house of linguistic and cultural
information....all in all the book is a successful and admirable compromise
between factual information, linguistic reasoning and didactic
adaptation...instructive and entertaining for university and school
teachers of English world-wide.’
Fremdsprachen: Lehren und Lernen

The Vocabulary of World English presents an absorbing study of the rich
diversity of word use and meaning found within the many varieties of the
English language worldwide. Intended for anyone interested in English
vocabulary, but assuming no previous knowledge of linguistics, this
introductory book pursues and intertwines four different objectives.
Through the use of real examples taken from a wide range of areas, the book
explores the vocabulary of basic semantic fields ranging from Life and
Living Things to Entertainment, Sports and Games. At the same time special
attention is paid to words used in a number of different kinds of English
(especially geographical - national varieties, but also those determined by
age, gender, ethnicity, function, field and style). The book also provides
an introduction to the most important areas of linguistics relating
specifically to words, the most central being lexicology, semantics, and
morphology. In addition, this text presents a historical review of the
origins of English words and several lexical aspects of grammar - as well
as making brief forays into pronunciation and spelling.

Throughout the book there are clear and accessible exercises and projects
intended to familiarise the reader with resources and techniques that are
helpful in the study of vocabulary. An extensive bibliography and a
glossary of over 400 terms are included, making this book ideal for anyone
interested in English vocabulary, regardless of their prior knowledge of
the subject.

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: Hodder Education
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Morphology
Phonetics
Phonology
Semantics
Sociolinguistics
Lexicography
Subject Language(s): English

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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0340740728
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 288
Prices: U.K. £ 21.99