The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language is one of the publishing phenomena of recent times Rarely has a book so packed with accurate and well researched factual information been so widely r

  • Title: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language
  • Author: David Crystal
  • ISBN: 9780521530330
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language is one of the publishing phenomena of recent times Rarely has a book so packed with accurate and well researched factual information been so widely read and popularly acclaimed It has played a key role in the spread of general interest in language matters, generating further publications and broadcasting events for an avThe Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language is one of the publishing phenomena of recent times Rarely has a book so packed with accurate and well researched factual information been so widely read and popularly acclaimed It has played a key role in the spread of general interest in language matters, generating further publications and broadcasting events for an avid audience Its First Edition appeared in hardback in 1995 and a revised paperback in 1997 There have been numerous subsequent updated reprintings but this Second Edition now presents an overhaul of the subject for a new generation of language lovers and of teachers, students and professional English users concerned with their own linguistic legacy.The book offers a unique experience of the English language, exploring its past, present and future David Crystal systematically explains the history, structure, variety and range of uses of English worldwide, employing a rich apparatus of text, pictures, tables, maps and graphics.The length of the Second Edition has increased by 16 pages and there are 44 new illustrations, a new chapter, extensive new material on world English and Internet English, and a complete updating of statistics, further reading suggestions and other references throughout the book.

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    1. David Crystal

      David Crystal works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland in 1941, he spent his early years in Holyhead His family moved to Liverpool in 1951, and he received his secondary schooling at St Mary s College He read English at University College London 1959 62 , specialised in English language studies, did some research there at the Survey of English Usage under Randolph Quirk 1962 3 , then joined academic life as a lecturer in linguistics, first at Bangor, then at Reading He published the first of his 100 or so books in 1964, and became known chiefly for his research work in English language studies, in such fields as intonation and stylistics, and in the application of linguistics to religious, educational and clinical contexts, notably in the development of a range of linguistic profiling techniques for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes He held a chair at the University of Reading for 10 years, and is now Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor These days he divides his time between work on language and work on internet applicationsurce davidcrystal

    962 thoughts on “The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language”

    1. Wow.A history of English, as it is spoken, written, taught, and learned.Many, many maps, illustrations, references, sidebars, and photographs are included in this wonderful encyclopedia. The scope and breadth of this work includes examples of English literature from Beowulf, Chaucer, Hamlet, and The Cat in the Hat. There are studies of accents and pronunciations, Scandinavian place names in the English speaking world, how English grammar evolved from that of a quasi-Saxon tongue into a blend of [...]


    2. (I wrote this review at work for learners of English, so I thought I'd add it here too.)Organized by topic and full of interesting images and diagrams, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language is exactly what your coffee table has been missing. Most topics are covered in just two pages, so they can be read in small bits. You can really open it up to any page and find something interesting. Due to its value for occasional engaging reading, I would recommend it for intermediate learners [...]


    3. I am dipping into the 1993 hardback edition; it is not a book to read through cover to cover. open any page and be amazed. it is an unusually well-crafted book - a treasure trove, indeed, with pieces of eight on every page. I am heading to the far east soon and will read it every night till then. not plane carry on material unfortunately. peter


    4. This is not the type of book you have to read from cover to cover.It's one of those you just wade through in whatever direction you like as well as using it for specific references.In other words it's a treasure chest of goodies, enlightening, absorbing and satisfying.I recall David Crystal talking about a competition they had run for someone to create a 'new' word.They awarded it to the entry 'BAGONIZE' which means the feeling you have at the airport when you are anxiously waiting for your lugg [...]


    5. As linguistics books go, this is a fascinating read. Very informative, interesting and surprisingly funny. And if you ever have the chance of visiting one of Mr. Crystal's lectures, do it. I hear he regularly has the audience rolling in the aisles.


    6. Great resource and very well-written. I could actually see myself revisiting this down the road. Crystal's book is exhaustive and engaging.



    7. Everything you ever wanted to know about English, written in witty, accurate and clear prose by language genius David Crystal. Don't let the title put you off's a fascinating read!



    8. This dense behemoth has small print and not a lot of white space. It took me a year, off-and-on to get all the way through it. It was a year well-spent. This will be a book that I never get rid of.Apart from the fact that it is packed chock-full of a massive array of interesting language tidbits, discussions, and examples, I enjoyed Crystal's voice. He was present as the author, without being overpowering. I laughed at the dry sense of humour which occasionally slipped into the otherwise factual [...]


    9. Hello, I am 17 and I'm a Spanish student who aims to study English Literature at University. I've always asked myself things like: "What are the English accents like?; What does this English name come from?; How much did French language influenced over the English language?; Where could I find anything about the Old English literature (for instance: documents, songs, words)? []"What I didn't know was that it does exist an encyclopedia of such things!!!! Although I'm Spanish, I think I wouldn't b [...]


    10. I adore this book. If you love the English language, you will love this book. I know it's a hackneyed phrase, but this really is a treasure trove. I have seen my friends' eyes light up as they leaf through it. Everything you might want to know about English, written in clear and charming language, by a true linguist. David Crystal is not just some journalist with a list of clever etymologies or a self-appointed punctuation maven. He manages to cover an enormous breadth of topics with surprising [...]


    11. A superb reference book covering all aspects of the development of the English language, its vocabulary, usage, orthography, spelling, variants, punctuation etc.David Crystal wears his expertise lightly, which makes the book a delight to use and very accessible, with lots of illustrations, diagrams, photos and examples. There are also appendices and lists for further reading.In general, Crystal is a pragmatist who loves language; he is certainly not an authoritarian pedant. He accepts and explai [...]


    12. A great 'dippy' book; one you can happily dip into, confident of finding interesting nuggets about the English language. It includes sections on the history, vocabulary and grammar of English, as you would expect, but it also discusses the many variations of modern English used around the world and even has sections on the way children learn English from infancy. A marvellous resource to have and keep as a reference.


    13. Purchased this book to use as a reference book for my Sociolinguistics class and kept it because it is a great book for writers as well. Sometimes if I need to jumpstart myself to write I pull this book out, flip to a random page and make myself write a poem or something about whatever is on that page. Very useful as an academic resource AND a creative resource.


    14. Excellent encyclopedia on the English language from all the angles one can imagine, with plenty of diagrams, images, and quotes from a plethora of sources. Now slightly outdated when it comes to the digital use and form of English.


    15. Don't know much about the English language? Here's your chance to negate that problem. Here we go back in time to middled English, old English and beyond. Way back to the Jutes, Angles, Saxons . . . So get your reading fedora out.


    16. Read (and I'm using the word "read" pretty loosely here) this for the class I'm auditing, "The English Language." I'm delighted by how engaging it is--best written reference book I've read, actually (I'm looking at you, The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics!).


    17. This is a ridiculously good book. Packed with information on the English language to the gills, and it's not the one bit dry at all. The author seamlessly weaves in contemporary trends with linguistic research. Anyone lover of English must buy this book.


    18. This book is great for anyone interested in the history of the English language but who doesn't want to wade through the pages of more dense and esoteric texts. This book narrows it down to the key ideas and provides the reader with loads of fun facts and lots of pictures! :)


    19. Interesting, as textbooks go. There was a lot of information, and it made a perfect "browse" book, but overall, since I couldn't read it cover to cover I wasn't that into it. Good though for ideas for academic papers.


    20. Bye bye History of the English Language! Recommended for everyone who desires to learn more about the origins of their roots, and English. Great info on the Anglo-Saxons included throughout this informative study.







    21. A fascinating reference book. It's both learned and accessible and essential for anyone who wishes an understanding of English in all its forms




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