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The Cambridge encyclopedia of the English language

Author: David Crystal
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An exploration of the history, structure, and use of the English language discusses its origins and evolution, its use in literature, and its structural features, and addresses grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary.
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Genre/Form: Reference works
Handbooks and manuals
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Juvenile literature
Material Type: Juvenile audience, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Crystal
ISBN: 0521401798 9780521401791 0521596556 9780521596558
OCLC Number: 31518847
Awards: Winner of British Book Design & Production Award Winter & Co Award for Excellence in Bookbinding 1996
Description: vii, 489 pages : illustrations, maps (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
Contents: 1. Modelling English --
pt. I. The history of English --
2. The origins of English --
3. Old English --
Early borrowings --
Runes --
The Old English corpus --
Literary texts --
The Anglo-Saxon chronicle --
Spelling --
Sounds --
Grammar --
Vocabulary --
Late borrowings --
Dialects --
4. Middle English --
French and English --
The transition from Old English --
The Middle English corpus --
Literary texts --
Chaucer --
Spelling --
Sounds --
Grammar --
Vocabulary --
Latin borrowings --
Dialects --
Middle Scots --
The origins of standard English --
5. Early modern English --
Caxton --
Transitional texts --
Renaissance English --
The inkhorn controversy --
Shakespeare --
The King James bible --
Spelling and regularization --
Punctuation --
Sounds --
Grammar --
Vocabulary --
The academy debate --
Johnson --
6. Modern English --
Transition --
Grammatical trends --
Prescriptivism --
American English --
Breaking the rules --
Variety awareness --
Scientific language --
Literary voices --
Dickens --
Recent trends --
7. World English --
The new world --
American dialects --
Canada --
Black English vernacular --
Australia --
New Zealand --
South Africa --
South Asia --
West Africa --
East Africa --
South-Est Asia and the South Pacific --
A world language --
Numbers of speakers --
Standard English --
The future of English --
English threatened and as threat --
pt. II. English vocabulary --
8. The nature of the lexicon --
Lexemes --
The size of the English lexicon --
Abbreviations --
Proper names --
The size of a person's lexicon --
9. The sources of the lexicon --
Native vocabulary --
Foreign borrowings --
Word-formation --
Unusual structures --
Lexical creation --
Literary neologism --
10. Etymology --
Lexical history --
Semantic change --
Folk etymology --
Place names --
Surnames --
First names --
Nicknames --
Object names --
Eponyms --
11. The structure of the lexicon --
Semantic structure --
Semantic fields --
Dictionary and thesaurus --
Collocations --
Lexical predictability --
Idioms --
Synonyms --
Antonyms --
Hyponyms --
Incompatibility --
Other sense relations --
12. Lexical dimensions --
Loaded vocabulary --
Taboo --
Swearing --
Jargon --
Doublespeak --
Political correctness --
Catch phrases --
Vogue words --
Slogans --
Graffiti --
Slang --
Quotations --
Proverbs --
Archaisms --
Clichés --
Last words. pt. III. English grammar --
13. Grammatical mythology --
The nature of grammar --
Knowing vs knowing about --
Traditional grammar --
Prescriptive grammar --
The 20th-century legacy --
The main branches of grammar --
14. The structure of words --
Morphology --
Suffixation --
Adjectives --
Nouns --
The apostrophe --
Pronouns --
Verbs --
15. Word classes --
Parts of speech --
Traditional definitions --
New classes --
Nouns --
Pronouns --
Adjectives --
Adverbs --
Verbs --
Prepositions --
Conjunctions --
Interjections --
16. The structure of sentences --
Spoken and written syntax --
Types of sentence --
Sentence structure --
Sentence functions --
Clause elements and types --
Phrases--
Noun phrases --
Verb phrases --
Multiple sentences --
Abbreviation --
Disjuncts and comment clauses --
Reporting speech --
Sentence information --
Beyond the sentence --
pt. IV. Spoken and written English --
17. The sound system --
Phonetics and phonology --
Vocal organs --
Vowels --
Consonants --
Syllables --
Connected speech --
Prosody --
Sound symbolism --
Pronunciation in practice --
18. The writing system --
Graphetics and graphology --
Typography --
The alphabet --
Properties of letters --
Letter frequency --
Letter distribution --
Letter symbolism --
Analysing handwriting --
Graphetic variety --
Spelling --
Sources of irregularity --
Spelling reform --
Punctuation --
The development of the writing system. pt. V. Using English --
19. Varieties of discourse --
Structure vs use --
Pragmatic issues --
The nature of discourse --
Microlinguistic studies --
Texts and varieties --
Speech vs writing --
Mixed medium --
Monologue and dialogue --
20. Regional variation --
Accent and dialect --
International and intranational --
A day in the life of the language --
American and British English --
American dialects --
British dialects --
Scotland --
Wales --
Ireland --
Canada --
Caribbean --
Pidgins and Creoles --
Australia --
New Zealand --
South Africa --
New Englishes --
21. Social variation --
Sociolinguistic perspective --
Received pronunciation --
Prescriptive attitudes --
Gender --
Occupation --
Religion --
Science --
Law --
Plain English --
Politics --
News media --
Journalism --
Broadcasting --
Weather forecasting --
Sports commentary --
Advertising --
Restricted varieties --
New varieties --
22. Personal variation --
Individual differences --
Deviance --
Word games --
Rule-breaking varieties --
The edges of language --
Jokes and puns --
Comic alphabets --
Variety humour --
Literary freedom --
Phonetics and phonology --
Graphetics and graphology --
Grammar and lexicon --
Discourse and variety --
Stylometry --
pt. VI. Learning about English --
23. Learning English as a mother tongue --
Child language acquisition --
Literacy --
Grammatical development --
Early words and sounds --
Reading and writing --
Insufficient language --
Language disability --
24. New ways of studying English --
Technological revolution --
Corpus studies --
National and international corpora --
Dictionaries --
Innovations --
Sources and resources --
Appendices --
I. Glossary --
II. Special symbols and abbreviations --
III. References --
IV. Further reading --
V. Index of linguistic items --
VI. Index of authors and personalities --
VII. Index of topics.
Other Titles: Encyclopedia of the English language
Responsibility: David Crystal.
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