Oxford English: A Guide to the Language

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Ian Dear
Oxford University Press, 1991 - English language. - 704 pages
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Based on a wide range of Oxford reference books--from The Oxford Companion to English Literature to The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Science--this comprehensive guide will help everyone express themselves more effectively in both written and spoken English. Divided into four sections for easy access, Oxford English covers The Written Word, including word formation, grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, words commonly misspelled, foreign words and phrases, and much more; The Spoken Word, a guide to pronunciation, speech-making, verbal forms of address, and slang; The Language of Literature, a selection of quotations and proverbs, a dictionary of literary terms, and a look at famous authors and their works; and The Language of Science, Technology, and Commerce, which offers a dictionary of commercial and legal terms, "computer-ese," scientific and medical language, chemical elements, logic symbols, and proof-readers marks. No other guide even approaches the comprehensiveness of this volume. Providing clear information and advice for those who want to write a letter, make a speech, or simply use our language more gracefully in everyday life, Oxford English is the perfect reference for home or office.

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Contents

The Story of the English Language by Dr Robert
3
Word Formation by E S C Weiner
18
Vocabulary by E S C Weiner
53
Grammar by E S C Weiner
101
Principles of Punctuation by E S C Weiner
156
Foreign Words and Phrases compiled by I C B Dear
172
Written Forms of Address by Peter Wilby
181
Words Commonly Misspelt by E S C Weiner
201
Everyday Quotations compiled by I C B Dear
321
Everyday Proverbs and Phrases compiled by I C
357
Everyday Classical Literature compiled by 1 C B Dear
387
Famous Writers and their Works compiled by I C
412
Literary and Poetic Terms compiled by I C B Dear
511
Shakespeare and the English Language by Professor
527
Dr Johnson and the English Language by Professor
535
Dickens and the English Language by Dr Andrew
544

Cliches and Modish and Inflated Diction by E S C
213
Pronunciation by E S C Weiner
227
English Overseas
270
Hints on Speechmaking and Toasts by Robert Lawrence
280
Verbal Forms of Address by Audrey Whiting
291
The Oral Tradition by Leslie Shepard
298
Slang by John Simpson
309
Scientific Writing by Sir Peter Medawar
553
Everyday Computer Terms by Michael Mabe
587
Everyday Scientific and Medical Terms compiled
616
Weights and Measures
663
ProofCorrection Marks
669
Subject Index
700
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About the Author:
I.C.B. Dear is a freelance writer and editor living in Britain.

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