A Dictionary of Language
No ordinary dictionary, David Crystal's Dictionary of Language includes not only descriptions of hundreds of languages literally from A to Z (Abkhaz to Zyryan) and definitions of literary and grammatical concepts, but also explanations of terms used in linguistics, language teaching, and speech pathology. If you are wondering how many people speak Macedonian, Malay, or Makua, or if you're curious about various theories of the origins of language, or if you were always unsure of the difference between structuralism, semiotics, and sociolinguistics, this superbly authoritative dictionary will answer all of your questions and hundred of others.
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1995 estimated abbreviation adjective analysis aphasia Arabic Arabic alphabet articulation Austronesian Austronesian language Benue-Congo c.1 million century chiefly Chinese classification clause communication consonant context contrasts corpus creole Cyrillic alphabet derived Descriptive Devanagari developed dialect diglossia English-based creole especially Examples include expression family of languages foreign language French function German grammar graphology Greek group of languages Indo-Aryan Indo-Aryan languages Indo-European inflection international purposes intonation Islands language is English language learning language spoken language teaching Latin letters lingua franca linguistic literary meaning morpheme notably notion noun phrase official language official regional language official status palate phonetics phonology pidgin population in 1995 produced pronoun pronunciation reference relationship Roman alphabet script second language semantic sentence Slavic Spanish speakers spelling standard structure syllable symbols tense term tongue Turkic typically unit usually utterance varieties verb vocabulary vocal folds vocal tract voice vowel writing system written