The highly acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language by David Crystal is a stimulating and richly illustrated guide to the variety, structure, history and theory of language of all countries. In addition, appendices, meticulous cross-referencing and indexing ensure that this is an authoritative work of reference for students, professionals and general readers alike.
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' ... an ingenious tour de force ... a stunningly diverse linguistic menu' Robert Burchfield, The Times
' ... a celebration of language in all its oddity, beauty, fun, astonishing complexity and limitless variety' The London Review of Books
' ... imaginative and arresting ... deserves shelf-space in every home interested in language' The Times Literary Supplement
'Those who want to make pronouncements about language in the future must pass the test of knowing what is in the book' Dwight Bollinger
Where did human language come from? How many languages are there? How do we acquire our first language or learn a second one? The highly acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language by David Crystal answers these and other questions about language. From hieroglyphics to trucker talk, from Shakespeare in pidgin to sneezing in Tongan, this is a stimulating and richly illustrated guide to the variety, structure, history and theory of language. David Crystal not only conveys the intrinsic fascination of the subject, but also its enormous complexity. The visual dimension of the encyclopedia throws a fresh light on what has traditionally been treated as a non-visual subject, with many drawings, photographs, maps, display boxes and extracts all integrated within the text. In addition, appendices, meticulous cross-referencing and indexing ensure that this is an authoritative work of reference for students, professionals and general readers alike.
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Descripción Cambridge Univ Pr, 1987. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 11" x 9". New. Abkhaz, accents, acoustics, advertising, bilingualism, blasphemy, and brain function; child language, chimpanzee communication, Creoles, crosswords, dialects, and dictionaries; Esperanto, ethnicity, forensic linguistics, and grammar; handicap, handwriting, Indo-European, intonation, Japanese, and Kannada; language learning and teaching, language planning, machine translation, morphology, and motherese; names, national languages, onomastics, phonetics, phonology, and prescriptivism; reading, rebuses, semantics, signing, speech synthesis, spelling, and stylistics; taboos, typology, universals, the voice, and voice-prints; wolf-children, writing, Xhosa, Yoruba, and Zulu . Any list can only begin to convey the enormous diversity, complexity, and intrinsic fascination of the human faculty of language which is celebrated in The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language. Carefully developed to present an exceptionally wide range of information in a lively, readable and visually exciting way, it provides the general reader with a succinct, thematic account of language variety, history, structure, and behaviour. Above all it responds to the everyday questions that arise when, for example, teachers face multilingual classrooms, parents listen to their children beginning to talk or read, or professionals consider the practical applications of linguistic research. At the same time the encyclopedia reflects a deeper level of interest, arising out of the researcher's attempt to find patterns and principles in what we observe: the neurolinguist's study of the brain's functions; the speech scientist's investigation of speech and hearing mechanisms; or the linguist's comparative study of the languages of the world, whether spoken by hundreds or by millions. David Crystal's departure from conventional alphabetical principles has meant that the major Parts of the encyclopedia are organized in the most logical and natural way and the text written throughout in his easy and accessible style. Nevertheless, the Glossary (of over 1000 terms), the Table of the world's languages, and the substantial indexes included in the Appendices, as well as meticulous cross-referencing throughout the work, ensure that this will be an authoritative source of reference for all readers with an interest in language, languages, and language-related matters. This is a heavy book and will require additional postage outside the UK. Nº de ref. de la librería 34270
Descripción Cambridge University Press. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0521264383 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW4.0274292
Descripción Cambridge University Press, 1987. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Over 350 illustrations & 30 maps enhance an exhaustive account of language variety, history, structure, & behaviour geared to a broad audience of students, teachers or language lovers. A glossary of over 1000 terms & table of the world's languages is also included. Nº de ref. de la librería ABE_book_new_0521264383
Descripción Cambridge University Press, 1987. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0521264383
Descripción Cambridge University Press, 1987. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110521264383