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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Publication date May 1, 1995
Pages 489
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780521401791
ISBN-10 0521401798
Dimensions 1.50 by 9.25 by 11 in.
Weight 5 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $70.00
Other format details university press
§As reported by publisher
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
An exploration of the history, structure, and use of the English language discusses its Anglo-Saxon origins and subsequent evolution, its use in literature, and its structural features, and addresses grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary. 40,000 first printing. UP. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: English is arguably the nearest thing we have to a world language, and yet it is a language with a wealth of varieties, dialects, and traditions, all developing in different ways and at different speeds. This book is a superbly written and illustrated exploration of the history, structure, and use of English throughout the world. World-renowned linguist and author, David Crystal, explores the many facets and varieties of the English language, bringing life to this large and complex subject. He begins with the origins of English in Anglo-Saxon times and follows the growth of the language to the present. Every major English-speaking country is included, and the book abounds with insights into how English evolved and how it works. The author pays particular attention to the use of language in literature and how it permeates humor. He allows language to "speak for itself" by using quotations, photographs, newspaper clippings, poems, advertisements, cartoons, and many other types of illustrative material that vividly complement his narrative. Author Crystal systematically covers the structural features of English, and includes a complete description of grammar, a summary of pronunciation and writing systems, and a thorough treatment of the size and complexity of vocabulary. He explains technical aspects in simple and accessible terms and includes a glossary to assist the reader with unclear language terminology. Highly visual with striking color illustrations, panels and boxed features throughout, this book is fascinating reading for the widest possible audience. David Crystal is the author of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (CUP, 1987) and the editor of The Cambridge Encyclopedia (CUP, 1990, 1994).

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780521401791 Book cover for 9780521823487
 
2 edition from Cambridge Univ Pr (August 25, 2003)
9780521823487 | details & prices | 499 pages | 9.25 × 11.00 × 1.25 in. | 4.65 lbs | List price $83.99
About: A second edition, newly revised for the current generation, includes coverage of world English and Internet English as well as updated statistics, further reading suggestions, and additional references lists.
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With Edward C. Baig, Bob Levitus | from Cambridge Univ Pr (May 1, 1995)
9780521401791 | details & prices | 489 pages | 9.25 × 11.00 × 1.50 in. | 5.00 lbs | List price $70.00
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About: An exploration of the history, structure, and use of the English language discusses its origins and evolution, its use in literature, and its structural features, and addresses grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary
Paperback
Book cover for 9780521530330 Book cover for 9780521596558
 
2 edition from Cambridge Univ Pr (August 4, 2003)
9780521530330 | details & prices | 499 pages | 8.75 × 10.75 × 1.25 in. | 4.06 lbs | List price $59.99
About: A second edition, newly revised for the current generation, includes coverage of world English and Internet English as well as updated statistics, further reading suggestions, and additional references lists.
Reprint edition from Cambridge Univ Pr (October 1, 1997)
9780521596558 | details & prices | 9.00 × 11.25 × 1.25 in. | 3.95 lbs | List price $30.00
About: An exploration of the history, structure, and use of the English language discusses its origins and evolution, its use in literature, and its structural features, and addresses grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary

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