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The Cambridge encyclopedia of language (1987)

by David Crystal, David Crystal

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An indispensable resource for anyone studying, or interested in, language ( )
  Pezski | Jun 8, 2017 |
Crystal is smart, his talents bend toward the encyclopedic (fox not hedgehog), and there is lots of good information in here and I'm glad I read through it to get a bit of basic grounding in all the far-flung corners of language study as I became by surprise a full-time editor in the field of linguistics (what, who, huh me? I was gonna be a speech pathologist/lexicographer/civil servant/journalist/teacher/diplomat/English prof! Life is a slow foreclosure, I suppose). But I can't help but wonder a bit, who else other than people looking to get a basic all-around grounding in language fields is this book good for? Anything it can do, Wikipedia can do better. I guess old habits, like the making of encyclopedias, die hard; I guess they are being slowly foreclosed on too. Mutatis mutandis! ( )
1 vote MeditationesMartini | Jan 21, 2016 |
Wonderful book, open it at any page and there's something of interest. I hope someone will buy me the 3rd edition!! ( )
  NaggedMan | Jan 2, 2014 |
Absolutely necessary for any language maven -- lots and lots about lots and lots. Very useful when one is looking things up (though one must use the index, since it's not alphabetical) and great fun for browsing. It came out in 1997: an update would be nice. ( )
  annbury | Sep 2, 2010 |
In-depth study of language and languages. Especially useful for those looking into marginal or extinct languages. ( )
  Scaryguy | Oct 9, 2008 |
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Crystal, Davidmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Böckler, ArianeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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From publisher's website: This new, thoroughly revised edition of the acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language incorporates the major developments in language study which have taken place since the mid 1990s. Two main new areas have been added: the rise of electronic communication in all its current forms from email to texting, and the crisis affecting the world's languages, of which half are thought to be so seriously endangered that they will die out this century. • All language statistics have been updated, and additional information provided about their linguistic affiliation • All topics involving technology have been revised to take account of recent developments, notably in phonetics, language disability, and computing • Maps have been revised to include new countries or country names • Special attention has been paid to fast-moving areas such as language teaching and learning • The text design has been completely updated with many new illustrations throughout

• Features new sections on the rise of electronic communications and language death • Incorporates all major developments in language study since the mid 1990s • Statistics, geographical information, illustrations and text design have all been revised and updated from the last edition

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The most diverse, enjoyable, and thought-provoking encyclopedia on language. Though not an alphabetical encyclopedia, the coverage of the 65 thematic chapters is encyclopedic--ideal for anyone interested in words, speech, writing, and thought, and certain to be a continual point of reference for any writer for years to come. Very Highly Recommended.

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Where did human language come from? How many languages are there? How do we acquire our first language or learn a second one? The highly acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language by David Crystal answers these and other questions about language. From hieroglyphics to trucker talk, from Shakespeare in pidgin to sneezing in Tongan, this is a stimulating and richly illustrated guide to the variety, structure, history and theory of language. David Crystal not only conveys the intrinsic fascination of the subject, but also its enormous complexity. The visual dimension of the encyclopedia throws a fresh light on what has traditionally been treated as a non-visual subject, with many drawings, photographs, maps, display boxes and extracts all integrated within the text. In addition, appendices, meticulous cross-referencing and indexing ensure that this is an authoritative work of reference for students, professionals and general readers alike.--Publisher description.… (more)

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