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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (13 Feb 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521559677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521559676
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 3.4 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Crystal works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster. He published the first of his 100 or so books in 1964, and became known chiefly for his research work in English language studies. 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.

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'… a celebration of language in all its oddity, beauty, fun, astonishing complexity and limitless variety.' London Review of Books

'The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language is a masterpeice of comprehensiveness and clarity.' New Internationalist

'… an ingenious tour de force … stunningly diverse linguistic menu.' Robert Burchfield, The Times

'… magnificently demonstrates Professor Crystal's outstanding breadth of knowledge, incisiveness of judgment and superb skills at getting to the heart of highly complex issues in a clear and straightforward manner.' Randolph Quirk, FBA

'… David Crystal has a great facility for explaining language issues with plain good sense, wit and admirable brevity.' The Times Educational Supplement

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This second edition of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language presents a mass of new information and introduces the subject of language to a fresh generation of students and general readers. In full colour for the first time, it offers a complete update of the most successful general study of language ever published.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan 2002
Format: Paperback
The overwhelming effect this book leaves the reader is amazement of the scholarship of its single author, who manages to cover everything you could possibly include under the heading 'language' in a single volume. To give you some idea, the indexes and glossary of the 65 chapters information take up nearly 40 pages. Although the depth he can cover everything in is therefore limited, even in 450-odd large pages, a good proportion of what is there is absolutely fascinating and of interest to anyone who uses language (i.e. everyone).
The book makes excellent use of boxes of information and visuals in full colour such as maps, graphs and photos. Like any good encyclopaedia, it can be dipped into almost randomly with the guarantee that some interesting titbit will stick in your head. More unusually, the fact that it doesn't use an A to Z format means that it can quite easily be read through as a general introduction to linguistics. In a sense it could be just as usefully called an encyclopedia of linguistics, as it provides as much information on research and theories of language as it does on the language itself. This shouldn't be taken to mean any of this would only be of interest to the professionally interested, though. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone interested in what is going on around them, and even more so to any teacher or student of language or linguistics.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jan 2002
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This book was recommended to me as part of my Linguistics course at university. It has proved very useful for my course (not boring like other Linguistics books can be!), is extremely interesting and contains lots of pictures! My only complaint is that my studies take me AGES because I can't stop looking through it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Oct 2000
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This book is a great refernce guide for students of Language, Sociology, Psycology and probably other subjects too. It's fresh approach and easy to use page format makes it interesting to read as a whole. From Latin and Greek to Bush Negro and Yoda this has to be the most comprehensive guide I've encountered. It explians word order and grammar using examples which will engage most students .
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Sep 2000
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This book is not only a fantastic reference book, but also a great read! The pages are covered with interesting graphs, diagrams, facts, photographs, examples and newspaper clippings. Every aspect of the English Language is covered from alphabet to the formation of words. This is my favourite book and definitely worth buying for anybody who loves words.
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By Brian Serendip on 6 April 2014
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An excellent introduction to a fascinating and complex subject. Crystal writes clearly and produces a well rounded guide. Highly recommended as an introduction.
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By julia boyd on 3 Jan 2014
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great book for language reference. One of the staples to have on a bookshelf! and Crystal is an inspiring author
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