The Vocabulary of World English

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The Vocabulary of World English presents an absorbing study of how the use of words and their meaning vary within the many varieties of English spoken worldwide. Intended for anyone interested in English vocabulary, but assuming no previous knowledge of linguistics, this introductory book pursues four different objectives. Through the use of real examples taken from a wide range of areas, the book explores the vocabulary of basic semantic fields ranging from Life and Living Things to Entertainment, Sports and ...
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Overview

The Vocabulary of World English presents an absorbing study of how the use of words and their meaning vary within the many varieties of English spoken worldwide. Intended for anyone interested in English vocabulary, but assuming no previous knowledge of linguistics, this introductory book pursues four different objectives. Through the use of real examples taken from a wide range of areas, the book explores the vocabulary of basic semantic fields ranging from Life and Living Things to Entertainment, Sports and Games. At the same time, special attention is paid to words used in a number of different kinds of English (especially national varieties, but also those determined by age, gender, ethnicity, function, field and style). The book also provides an introduction to lexicology, semantics, and morphology. In addition, this text presents a historical review of the origins of English words and several lexical aspects of grammar - as well as making brief forays into pronunciation and spelling.

Throughout the book there are clear and accessible exercises and projects intended to familiarise the reader with resources and techniques that are helpful in the study of vocabulary. An extensive bibliography and a glossary of over 400 terms are included, making this book ideal for anyone interested in English vocabulary, regardless of their prior knowledge of the subject.

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...the book is a treasure house of linguistic and cultural information....all in all the book is a sucessful and admirable compromise between factual information, linguistic reasoning and didactic adaptation...instructive and entertaining for university and school teachers of English world-wide.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780340740729
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: English Language Series
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Studying the variety in the vocabulary of English
English in the British Isles: the sources of words and the meaning of meaning
English in America: how to compare meaning and vocabulary
English in the Southern Hemisphere: vocabulary change
Whose English? English as a second, foreign or international language
The new Englishes: linguistic dimensions of vocabulary difference
English in action: social dimensions of vocabulary differences
International English: how native and non-native speakers use words
Convergence or divergence?
Solutions to exercises
Comments on the projects
Dictionaries, thesauruses and encyclopedias
Bibliography
Glossary and Index
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