Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language

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Thomas Burns McArthur, Roshan McArthur
Oxford University Press, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 692 pages
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From Sanskrit to Scouse, this book provides a single-volume source of information about the English language. The guide is intended both for reference and for browsing. The international perspective takes in language from Cockney to Creole, Aboriginal English to Zummerzet, Estuary English toCaribbean English and a historical range from Beowulf to Ebonics, Chaucer to Chomsky, Latin to the World Wide Web. There is coverage of a wide range of topics from abbreviation to Zeugma, Shakespeare to split infinitive and substantial entries on key subjects such as African English, etymology,imperialism, pidgin, poetry, psycholinguistics and slang. Box features include pieces on place-names, the evolution of the alphabet, the story of OK, borrowings into English, and the Internet. Invaluable reference for English Language students, and fascinating reading for the general reader with an interest in language.
 

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Contents

Introduction
Contributors and consultants
Abbreviations
Values of phonetic symbols used in the Companion
World map
A thematic list of key entries
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A chronology of English
Bibliography
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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 ofthe 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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