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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


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Title: You Know What I Mean?
Subtitle: Words, Contexts and Communication
Written By: Ruth Wajnryb
Description:

Does a word mean what it says? Sometimes - but not always. Everyone thinks
that meaning is contained within words - like sardines in a tin, or milk in
a bottle. After all, words are nice stable things that you can look up in a
dictionary aren't they? But dictionaries only take us so far… If you
eavesdropped on a teenage conversation, rushing to a dictionary - with its
definitions frozen in time - wouldn't help much. Who's using a word and to
whom, in what context, for what purpose - all these influence the
meaning of the language we use. The word's origins and history (its
'genetics') also help. Try teaching yourself another language from a
phrasebook and you'll soon learn that you can be correct, in the formal
sense, but still way behind the times in reality. In this book Wajnryb
considers these and other questions to explore how and why our language
works the way it does.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521878853
ISBN-13: 9780521878852
Prices: U.S. $ 75.00
U.K. £ 35.00

 
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521703743
ISBN-13: 9780521703741
Prices: U.K. £ 12.99
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