The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

By David Crystal

English is arguably the closest factor we need to an international language, and but it's a language with a wealth of sorts, dialects, and traditions, all constructing in numerous methods and at varied speeds. This booklet is a perfectly written and illustrated exploration of the historical past, constitution, and use of English in the course of the international. World-renowned linguist and writer, David Crystal, explores the various aspects and kinds of the English language, bringing lifestyles to this huge 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 nation is integrated, and the publication abounds with insights into how English advanced and the way it really works. the writer can pay specific cognizance to using language in literature and the way it permeates humor. He permits language to "speak for itself" by utilizing quotations, pictures, newspaper clippings, poems, ads, cartoons, and lots of different varieties of illustrative fabric that vividly supplement his narrative. writer Crystal systematically covers the structural gains of English, and incorporates a whole description of grammar, a precis of pronunciation and writing structures, and an intensive therapy of the scale and complexity of vocabulary. He explains technical features in uncomplicated and obtainable phrases and contains a thesaurus to help the reader with uncertain language terminology. hugely visible with remarkable colour illustrations, panels and boxed good points all through, this ebook is interesting analyzing 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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