The Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language

The Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language

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From Sanskrit to Scouse, this volume provides a single-volume source of information about the English language. The guide is intended both for reference and and for browsing. The international perspective takes in language from Cockney to Creole, Aboriginal English to Zummerzet, Estuary English to Caribbean English and a historical range from Beowulf to Ebonics, Chaucer to Chomsky, Latin to the World Wide Web. There is coverage of a wide range of topics from abbreviation to Zeugma, Shakespeare to split infinitive and there are substantial entries on key subjects such as African English, etymology, imperialism, Pidgin, poetry, psycholinguistics, sexism and slang. Box features include pieces on place-names, the evolution of the alphabet, the story of OK, borrowings into English, and the Internetshow more

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  • Paperback | 712 pages
  • 120 x 190mm | 486g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192800612
  • 9780192800619

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INTRODUCTION; LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS AND CONSULTANTS; ABBREVIATIONS; PHONETIC SYMBOLS; WORLD MAP; THEMATIC LIST OF KEY ENTRIES; THE CONCISE OXFORD COMPANION TO THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE; CHRONOLOGY; BIBLIOGRAPHYshow more

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