Language is the existence blood of a tradition, and to have an interest in tradition is in a few feel to have an interest in language, within the shapes and sounds of phrases, within the heritage of studying, writing, and speech, within the never-ending number of dialects and slangs, within the incessant creativity of the human brain because it reaches out to others. it really is excellent then that beforehand there was no significant one-volume reference dedicated to the main commonly dispersed and influential language of our time: the English language.
A language-lover's dream, The Oxford better half to the English Language is a thousand-page cornucopia overlaying almost each element of the English language in addition to language regularly. the variety of issues is extraordinary, providing a goldmine of knowledge on writing and speech (including entries on grammar, literary phrases, linguistics, rhetoric, and elegance) in addition to on such wider matters as sexist language, bilingual schooling, baby language acquisition, and the heritage of English. There are biographies of Shakespeare, Noah Webster, Noam Chomsky, James Joyce, and so on who've prompted the form or learn of the language; prolonged articles on every little thing from psycholinguistics to signal language to tragedy; assurance of each kingdom within which an important a part of the inhabitants speaks English in addition to almost each nearby dialect and pidgin (from Gullah and Scouse to Cockney and Tok Pisin). additionally, the significant other offers bibliographies for the bigger entries, beneficiant cross-referencing, etymologies for headwords, a chronology of English from Roman instances to 1990, and an index of people that look in entries or bibliographies. and prefer all Oxford partners, this quantity is full of pleasant surprises. We examine, for example, that the 1st Professor of Rhetoric at Harvard later grew to become President (John Quincy Adams); that "slogan" initially intended "war cry"; that the keyboard association QWERTY turned well known no longer since it was once effective however the contrary (it slows down the palms and retains them from jamming the keys); that "mbenzi" is Swahili for "rich individual" (i.e., person who owns a Mercedes Benz); and that during Scotland, "to dree yir ain bizarre" capacity "to stick to your individual star."
From Scrabble to Websters to TESOL to Gibraltar, the thirty-five hundred entries right here provide additional information on a greater diversity of issues than the other reference at the English language. that includes the paintings of approximately 100 students from all over the world, this distinctive quantity is the correct shelf-mate to The Oxford better half to English Literature. it's going to captivate all people who loves language.
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