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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

Author: David Crystal
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd ed., repr. 2006View all editions and formats
A second edition, newly revised for the current generation, includes coverage of world English and Internet English as well as updated statistics, further reading suggestions, and additional references lists.

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Genre/Form: Reference works
Handbooks and manuals
Encyclopedias (form)
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Guides, manuels, etc
Named Person: Englisch
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Crystal
ISBN: 052182348X 9780521823487 0521530334 9780521530330
OCLC Number: 52696308
Description: vii, 499 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 29 cm
Contents: Modelling English --
The origins of English --
Old English --
Middle English --
Early modern English --
Modern English --
World English --
The nature of the lexicon --
The sources of the lexicon --
Etymology --
The structure of the lexicon --
Lexical dimensions --
Grammatical mythology --
The structure of words --
Word classes --
The structure of sentences --
The sound system --
The writing system --
Varieties of discourse --
Regional variation --
Social variation --
Personal variation --
Electronic variation --
Learning English as a mother tongue --
New ways of studying English.
Other Titles: Encyclopedia of the English language
English Language
Responsibility: David Crystal.
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