Words, Meaning and Vocabulary: An Introduction to Modern English Lexicology

Words, Meaning and Vocabulary: An Introduction to Modern English Lexicology


By (author) Howard Jackson, By (author) Etienne Ze Amvela

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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 230mm x 16mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 15 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0826490182
  • ISBN 13: 9780826490186
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 212,038

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This textbook is a systematic and accessible introduction to the lexicology of modern English. Lexicology is the branch of linguistics that studies all aspects of the vocabulary of a particular language. The book provides an account of the sources of modern English words and studies the development of vocabulary over time. It examines: What are words? Where do English words come from? How are words made up? How do words 'mean'? How are words used? How can words be investigated? This new edition of the best-selling textbook has been revised and updated throughout. A new chapter has been added, and chapters on dictionaries and corpus linguistics have been updated. Lists of exercises and figures, summaries of content at the beginning of each chapter, a revised list of suggestions for further reading, and a new glossary have been added. Words, Meaning and Vocabulary is an essential introduction to lexicology for undergraduate students.

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Author information

Howard Jackson is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the School of English at the University of Central England in Birmingham. Etienne Ze Amvela is Vice-Rector in charge of Inspection at the University of Yaounde I and Head of the Department of English and Foreign Languages at the University of Douala, Cameroon.

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Briefly reviewed in the Year's work in English Studies journal, vol 89, No. 1

Table of contents

List of figures; List of exercises; Preface to the Second Edition; 1. What is Lexicology?; 2. Where do English Words Come From?; 3. The Word; 4. Word Formation; 5. Meaning Relations; 6. Words in Use; 7. Investigating Vocabulary; 8. Words in Dictionaries; Key to Exercises; Glossary.