Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language

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Tom McArthur, Roshan McArthur
Oxford University Press, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 692 pages
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From Sanscrit to Scouse, this is the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date single-volume source of information about the English language. Edited by one of the world's foremost authorities on the subject, this unique guide will be both essential for reference and fascinating for browsing. International perspective -- from Cockney to Creole, Aboriginal English to Zummerzet, Estuary English to Caribbean English Historical range -- from Beowulf to Ebonics, Chaucer toChomsky, Latin to the World Wide Web Wide coverage of topics -- from Abbreviation to Zeugma, Shakespeare to split infinitive Substantial entries on key subjects such as African English, etymology, imperialism, Pidgin, poetry, psycholinguistics, sexism, and slang Box features include pieces on place-names, the evolution of the alphabet, the story of OK, borrowings into English, and the Internet

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Contents

The evolution of the alphabet xviii
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The Concise Oxford Companion
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A chronology of English
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Tom McArthur is Honorary University Fellow with graduate teaching responsibilities in lexicography and linguistics at the University of Exeter. He is founder editor of The Oxford Companion to the English Language (1992) and of the quarterly journal English Today: The International Review of the English Language (Cambridge University Press, 1984). He has published some 20 books on language, language teaching, lexicography, and Indian philosophy. A former Head of English at the Universite du Quebec, he has since 1984 been an independent writer, editor, consultant, and broadcaster.

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