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The Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language
     

The Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language

by Tom McArthur
 

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From Sanscrit to Scouse, this is the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date single-volume source of information about the English language. Edited by one of the world's foremost authorities on the subject, this unique guide will be both essential for reference and fascinating for browsing. BLInternational perspective — from Cockney to Creole,

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From Sanscrit to Scouse, this is the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date single-volume source of information about the English language. Edited by one of the world's foremost authorities on the subject, this unique guide will be both essential for reference and fascinating for browsing. BLInternational perspective — from Cockney to Creole, Aboriginal English to Zummerzet, Estuary English to Caribbean English BLHistorical range — from Beowulf to Ebonics, Chaucer to Chomsky, Latin to the World Wide Web BLWide coverage of topics — from Abbreviation to Zeugma, Shakespeare to split infinitive BLSubstantial entries on key subjects such as African English, etymology, imperialism, Pidgin, poetry, psycholinguistics, sexism, and slang BLBox features include pieces on place-names, the evolution of the alphabet, the story of OK, borrowings into English, and the Internet

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ISBN-13:
9780191578090
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
10/27/2005
Series:
Oxford Quick Reference
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File size:
21 MB
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Meet the Author

Tom McArthur is Honorary University Fellow with graduate teaching responsibilities in lexicography and linguistics at the University of Exeter. He is founder editor of The Oxford Companion to the English Language (1992) and of the quarterly journal English Today: The International Review of the English Language (Cambridge University Press, 1984). He has published some 20 books on language, language teaching, lexicography, and Indian philosophy. A former Head of English at the Université du Québec, he has since 1984 been an independent writer, editor, consultant, and broadcaster.

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