Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language [NOOK Book]

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From Sanskrit to Scouse, this book provides a single-volume source of information about the English language. The guide is intended both for reference and for browsing. The international perspective takes in language from Cockney to Creole, Aboriginal English to Zummerzet, Estuary English to Caribbean English and a historical range from Beowulf to Ebonics, Chaucer to Chomsky, Latin to the World Wide Web. There is coverage of a wide range of topics from abbreviation to
Zeugma, ...
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Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language

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Overview

From Sanskrit to Scouse, this book provides a single-volume source of information about the English language. The guide is intended both for reference and for browsing. The international perspective takes in language from Cockney to Creole, Aboriginal English to Zummerzet, Estuary English to Caribbean English and a historical range from Beowulf to Ebonics, Chaucer to Chomsky, Latin to the World Wide Web. There is coverage of a wide range of topics from abbreviation to
Zeugma, Shakespeare to split infinitive and substantial entries on key subjects such as African English, etymology, imperialism, pidgin, poetry, psycholinguistics and slang. Box features include pieces on place-names, the evolution of the alphabet, the story of OK, borrowings into English, and the Internet.

Invaluable reference for English Language students, and fascinating reading for the general reader with an interest in language.
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Praise for The Oxford Companion to the English Language:

"This is one of the big dreams for most writers, for an addition to their research shelf. It's the ultimate in authority for spelling, definition, and first use."--The San Diego Tribune

"A superb survey."--Library Journal

"Invaluable."--Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191578090
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 11/26/1998
  • Series: Oxford Paperback Reference
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,289,040
  • File size: 20 MB
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Meet the Author

About the Author: Tom McArthur, former Professor of English at the University of Quebec, is editor of the journal English Today and the full Oxford Companion to the English Language.

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