English is arguably the nearest thing we have to a world language, and yet it is a language with a wealth of varieties, dialects, and traditions, all developing in different ways and at different speeds. This book is a superbly written and illustrated exploration of the history, structure, and use of English throughout the world. World-renowned linguist and author, David Crystal, explores the many facets and varieties of the English language, bringing life to this large and complex subject. He begins with the origins of English in Anglo-Saxon times and follows the growth of the language to the present. Every major English-speaking country is included, and the book abounds with insights into how English evolved and how it works. The author pays particular attention to the use of language in literature and how it permeates humor. He allows language to "speak for itself" by using quotations, photographs, newspaper clippings, poems, advertisements, cartoons, and many other types of illustrative material that vividly complement his narrative. Author Crystal systematically covers the structural features of English, and includes a complete description of grammar, a summary of pronunciation and writing systems, and a thorough treatment of the size and complexity of vocabulary. He explains technical aspects in simple and accessible terms and includes a glossary to assist the reader with unclear language terminology. Highly visual with striking color illustrations, panels and boxed features throughout, this book is fascinating reading for the widest possible audience. David Crystal is the author of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (CUP, 1987) and the editor of The Cambridge Encyclopedia (CUP, 1990, 1994).
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Superbly illustrated in colour throughout, this is the most comprehensive survey of the history, structure and worldwide use of English ever written. Clear and accessible, the book abounds with insights into how the language evolved and how it works. All aspects of English are systematically covered.About the Author:
David Crystal is one of the world's foremost authorities on language.
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Buchbeschreibung Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. Hardback in Dust Wrapper. Please note that at 2.6Kg. this book will require additional postage outside of the UK. | Dust Wrapper over Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 11" x 9". 489pp. Index. | First Edition (First Printing).Contains: Black & white photographs; Charts; Colour photographs; Diagrams; Maps; Tables; Glossary; Appendices ; For more photos or information, use the «Ask Bookseller» button and I'll be pleased to help. The book is in stock and ships from the rustic nirvana of Peasedown St. John, near Bath, England from a long-established bookseller - guaranteed by my reputation and the UK Distance Selling Act. Remember! BUYING THIS BOOK means my Jack Russells get their supper! Condition :: Very Good - in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Artikel-Nr. 179909
Buchbeschreibung Cambridge University Press, New York, first edition, 1995, 1995. Cloth, 4to, vii, -489 pp, ills, maps From thepublisher's description:"The encyclopedia is designed as a reference work on the history, structure, and use of English. The first section outlines five phases in the development of the English language (origins, Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, Modern English) and then proceeds to the varieties of world English and perceptions of English and its future. The second section focuses on English vocabulary: the nature, sources, and structure of the lexicon, its etymology, and special areas of vocabulary. Section 3 addresses these aspects of English grammar: theory of grammar; word structure; form classes; and sentence structure. The sound system (phonology) and writing system of English are treated in the fourth section. English usage is discussed in the fifth section, including varieties of discourse and factors in regional, social, and personal variation. In the final section, the learning of English as a native language and new ways of studying English are examined. Appended materials include a glossary, list of special symbols and abbreviations, lists of references and further reading, an index of linguistic items, an index of authors and personalities, and a topic index. " Small label on front free endpaper with gift inscription, otherwise Very Good in Very Good price-clipped dustwrapper. Artikel-Nr. ABE-44014
Buchbeschreibung Cambridge University Press, 1995. Buchzustand: Sehr gut. Auflage: First. 500 Seiten Crystal, David: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language Auflage: First Cambridge University Press, 1995. 500 Seiten 27,4 x 22,2 x 3,4 cm, Gebundene Ausgabe mit org. SchU., geringe Gebrauchsspuren. Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 1629 27,4 x 22,2 x 3,4 cm, Gebundene Ausgabe. Artikel-Nr. 43867
Buchbeschreibung Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 1995. Hard Cover. Buchzustand: As New. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: As New. First Edition. Printed Pages: 489 with numerous colour illustrations. Size: 23 Cms x 29 Cms. Artikel-Nr. 003884