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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: Blooming English
Subtitle: Observations on the Roots, Cultivation and Hybrids of the English Language
Written By: Kate Burridge
URL: http://www.cup.org/linguistics
Description:

English is the most creative, changeable and imaginative of languages. Some
words are invented to meet temporary needs and are quickly discarded;
others carry meanings hundreds of years old. Language fascinates us, and we
spend a lot of time playing with it, concocting everything from puns,
riddles and secret languages to wonderful prose and poetry. We also worry
about it a great deal, looking up and checking words in dictionaries and
usage guides, occasionally arguing about definitions. This book celebrates
our capacity to play with language, as well as examining the ways we use
it: in slang and jargon, swearing, speaking the unspeakable, or concealing
unpleasant or inconvenient facts. It is a book for browsing, for finding
beguiling snippets about language, history and social customs, and for
using as a formidable weapon in word games.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521839483
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 248
Prices: U.S. $ 55.00

 
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521548322
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 248
Prices: U.S. $ 20.00