Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare

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9780199574094: Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare
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How many words are there in the English language and where were they born? Why does spelling 'wobble' and why do meanings change? How do words behave towards each other - and how do we behave towards words? And what does this all mean for dictionary-making in the 21st century?

This entertaining book has the up-to-date and authoritative answers to all the key questions about our language. Using evidence provided by the world's largest language databank, the Oxford English Corpus, Butterfield exposes the English language's peculiarities and penchants, its development and difficulties, revealing exactly how it operates. Interpolating his expert knowledge of dictionary-making, Butterfield explains how dictionaries decide which words to include, how they find definitions, and how a Corpus influences the process.

Whether you are happy to give the language free rein (free reign?), or whether you are more straight-laced (strait-laced?) when it comes to change, you will be amazed at what is revealed when the English language goes buck naked. (Or should that be butt naked?)

'This book will be fascinating to those who would really like to find out how the English language is behaving. Clearly written and informative, it is a lively guide to that most creative and challenging language, English' ( Alexander McCall Smith)

Nice choice of words ( Newsweek, 13 December 2008)

definitive guide to the evolution of English ( Scottish Daily Mail, 3 November 2008)

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'This book will be fascinating to those who would really like to find out how the English language is behaving. Clearly written and informative, it is a lively guide to that most creative and challenging language, English' ( Alexander McCall Smith)

Nice choice of words ( Newsweek, 13 December 2008)

definitive guide to the evolution of English ( Scottish Daily Mail, 3 November 2008)

absorbing... lively...you will find something of interest on every page ( English Teaching Professional, 1 January 2009)

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