- 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language Paperback – 13 Feb 1997
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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
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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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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I bought the hardcover edition "The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language", but recieved paperback copy. Very upset!!!Published 6 months ago by Jordão Joanes Dantas da Silva
An excellent introduction to a fascinating and complex subject. Crystal writes clearly and produces a well rounded guide. Highly recommended as an introduction.Published 22 months ago by Brian Serendip
great book for language reference. One of the staples to have on a bookshelf! and Crystal is an inspiring authorPublished on 3 Jan. 2014 by julia boyd
This book is too well known in the field to require much comment. As an introduction to the field it is excellent in the range of its information.Published on 24 Mar. 2013 by Wallman