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Overview

In the most reliable and readable guide to effective writing for the Americans of today, Wilson answers questions of meaning, grammar, pronunciation, punctuation, and spelling in thousands of clear, concise entries. His guide is unique in presenting a systematic, comprehensive view of language as determined by context. Wilson provides a simple chart of contexts--from oratorical speech to intimate, from formal writing to informal--and explains in which contexts a particular usage is appropriate, and in which it is not.

The Columbia Guide to Standard Written American English provides the answers to questions about American English the way no other guide can with:

* an A-Z format for quick reference;

* over five thousand entries, more than any other usage book;

* sensible and useful advice based on the most current linguistic research;

* a convenient chart of levels of speech and writing geared to context;

* both descriptive and prescriptive entries for guidance;

* guidelines for nonsexist usage;

* individual entries for all language terms.

A vibrant description of how our language is being spoken and written at the end of the twentieth century--and how we ourselves can use it most effectively--The Columbia Guide to Standard American English is the ideal handbook to language etiquette: friendly, sensible, and reliable.

Columbia University Press

Here is a reliable and readable guide to effective writing for the America of today. Wilson's guide is unique in presenting a systematic, comprehensive view of language as determined by context. Provides a simple chart of contexts and explains in which contexts a particular usage is appropriate. A to Z format.

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Editorial Reviews

The Christian Science Monitor

The most reliable and entertaining guide to effective writing and speaking for Americans today.

Wilson Library Bulletin

American English at long last has Fowler's equal.

Choice

Will act as a handy desk companion to anyone preparing a speech, paper, or presentation.

Choice

Will act as a handy desk companion to anyone preparing a speech, paper, or presentation.

Choice
Will act as a handy desk companion to anyone preparing a speech, paper, or presentation, and might be of particular value for nonnative English speakers.
Wilson Library Bulletin
American English at long last has Fowler's equal.
Christian Science Monitor
The most reliable and entertaining guide to effective writing and speaking for Americans today.
Library Journal
An advocate of ``linguistic good manners,'' Wilson a consultant for The Standard College Dictionary has produced a guide of more than 6500 entries, arranged alphabetically, focusing on American as opposed to British or Canadian English. Since many appropriate uses of language depend on the context, Wilson diagrams five levels of speech and three levels of writing, ranging from most informal to most formal, and refers to them in many of his explications. He clearly explains the fine distinctions in words often used interchangeably, such as flout and flaunt or infer and imply . Additionally, Wilson suggests what to do about sexist language, what is construed as an ethnic slur, and when a split infinitive is acceptable. Recommended for writers, speakers, editors, and all language lovers.-- Cathy Sabol, Northern Virginia Community Coll., Manassas
Booknews
A reliable and entertaining guide to effective writing and speaking for Americans, with some 6,500 concise, alphabetical entries that answer questions about word choice, meanings, pronunciations, spellings, grammatical forms and structures, and idiomatic expressions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Comprehensive A-to-Z reference of current American usage. 5,000 entries, plus a simple chart of contexts, guidelines for nonsexist usage, examples of tricky usage, grammar, pronunciation, punctuation or spelling. This guide to writing and speaking clearly and appropriately for a range of purposes and to a variety of audiences focusing on American English, rather than British usage, to present a systematic, wide-ranging view of the English language, both spoken and written, as influenced by context. "Comprehensive and compact...Likely to become a standard desk reference."--Christian Science Monitor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231069892
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/23/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 482
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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    Posted July 4, 2001

    Excellent Book

    This is by far the BEST grammar book I have ever purchased. I appreciate its contents to the fullest extent. Barnes and Noble also has it priced at the lowest price I have ever seen. Great buy, great value!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2000

    Great Reference, Entertaining & Informative

    I haven't had a good grammar book since high school (that wonderful book is somewhere in a storage box). This is the first good replacement I found in all those years. It is a wonderful, alphabetically arranged reference for all those problems I encounter when I sit at my word processor trying to produce the next great piece of world literature. A great reference work for any writer or teacher!

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