The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

By David Crystal

English is arguably the closest factor we need to a global language, and but it's a language with a wealth of types, dialects, and traditions, all constructing in several methods and at diversified speeds. This ebook is a wonderfully written and illustrated exploration of the heritage, constitution, and use of English during the international. World-renowned linguist and writer, David Crystal, explores the various features and forms of the English language, bringing lifestyles to this massive and intricate topic. He starts off with the origins of English in Anglo-Saxon occasions and follows the expansion of the language to the current. each significant English-speaking kingdom is integrated, and the publication abounds with insights into how English developed and the way it really works. the writer will pay specific consciousness to using language in literature and the way it permeates humor. He permits language to "speak for itself" through the use of quotations, pictures, newspaper clippings, poems, ads, cartoons, and plenty of different different types of illustrative fabric that vividly supplement his narrative. writer Crystal systematically covers the structural beneficial properties of English, and incorporates a entire description of grammar, a precis of pronunciation and writing structures, and an intensive therapy of the scale and complexity of vocabulary. He explains technical facets in basic and available phrases and incorporates a word list to aid the reader with doubtful language terminology. hugely visible with impressive colour illustrations, panels and boxed gains all through, this ebook is interesting studying for the widest attainable viewers. David Crystal is the writer of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (CUP, 1987) and the editor of The Cambridge Encyclopedia (CUP, 1990, 1994).

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