Words Words Words

Words Words Words

by David Crystal
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199210772

ISBN-13: 9780199210770

Pub. Date: 06/26/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

A passionate champion of the English language, David Crystal invites us all to discover more about the fascinating Wordworld which is all around us and to celebrate its richness and diversity: how we make sense of words and where they come from, how words vary and how they evolve, and how we play games with words. The final section gives practical advice on how we can

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A passionate champion of the English language, David Crystal invites us all to discover more about the fascinating Wordworld which is all around us and to celebrate its richness and diversity: how we make sense of words and where they come from, how words vary and how they evolve, and how we play games with words. The final section gives practical advice on how we can explore this world more fully ourselves and learn the skills of a word detective.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199210770
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/26/2007
Edition description:
New
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
The universe of words     1
Wordsmithery     3
Wordhoards     9
Wordgrowth     18
Wordfields     25
Wordworks     33
The origins of words     41
Wordstarts     43
Wordlore     50
Wordloans     59
Wordbuilding     64
Wordnaming     72
The diversity of words     81
Wordspells     83
Wordsounds     90
Wordendings     98
Wordregions     105
Wordgangs     113
Wordworlds     119
Wordrisks     127
The evolution of words     135
Wordbirths     137
Worddeaths     142
Wordchanges     149
Wordfutures     155
The enjoyment of words     165
Wordmelodies     167
Wordplay     172
Wordgames     177
Wordmasters     183
Becoming a word detective     187
How to find out the history of a word     189
How to find out about the meaning of names     191
How toget involved with dictionaries     194
How to estimate the size of your vocabulary     196
How to keep a record of your child's words     198
How to decide whether sounds have meanings     201
How to get involved with dialects     203
How to find out more about words     205
Index of subjects     208
Index of people     212
Index of words     215

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