This book "supplies a vocabulary of English words and idiomatic phrases 'arranged … according to the ideas which they express'. The thesaurus, continually expanded and updated, has always remained in print, but this reissued first edition shows the impressive breadth of Roget's own knowledge and interests."
While linguistics traditionally focused on a language use oriented towards the written norm, this book emphasizes the interactional use of language. On a theoretical and empirical basis, the author develops linguistic concepts to analyze both spoken and written interactional language. By illustrating the relevance of syntactic structures of interactional language, the book also contributes to areas of applied linguistics, such as grammar writing and German as a second language.