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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language [Paperback]

David Crystal
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3 Jun 2010
This new, thoroughly revised edition of the acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language incorporates the major developments in language study which have taken place since the mid 1990s. Two main new areas have been added: the rise of electronic communication in all its current forms from email to texting, and the crisis affecting the world's languages, of which half are thought to be so seriously endangered that they will die out this century. • All language statistics have been updated, and additional information provided about their linguistic affiliation • All topics involving technology have been revised to take account of recent developments, notably in phonetics, language disability, and computing • Maps have been revised to include new countries or country names • Special attention has been paid to fast-moving areas such as language teaching and learning • The text design has been completely updated with many new illustrations throughout

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  • Paperback: 524 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 3 edition (3 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521736501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521736503
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 22.1 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,034 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

'One of the world's foremost linguistic experts, Crystal has authored numerous tomes on the history and study of the English language, though this, with its full-colour illustrations and exhaustive index, is arguably the most comprehensive. A useful guide for anyone - from the interested layperson to the most widely read of academics.' The Independent

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This third edition incorporates the major developments in language study since the mid 1990s. It includes major new sections on electronic communication and language death. All statistics and maps have been updated, and all sections revised. The book benefits from many new illustrations and a completely fresh text design.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best 12 Jun 2011
If you only have one book on language, or linguistics, this should be it. An earlier edition of this book got me through my linguistics undergraduate degree by explaining clearly each of the main areas of language in a throughly readable and enjoyable way. You can read it from cover to cover or simply dip into the various sections and chapters as required. I can't think of anything that isn't covered in this volume; it's a mine of information. Every concept is introduced and explained with clarity in an interesting and engaging style and there are tons of diagrams, illustrations and photographs which highlight key points in the text. The back of the book contains a number of appendices inc. a table of the world's languages and number of speakers. Never again be ignorant about any aspect of language or languages. Worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for language lovers 7 Sep 2010
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People who are interested in language or linguistics would definitely love this book. David Crystal explains a number of features of language very nicely in this book. Language is like people, it lives, it changes and it dies. Amazing fact is that all the language are different, yet they are alos similar in some sort of way and those could be explored through this book. In present days, interenet is playing a major role on the language change and that has also been discussed by the author.
The book is easy to read and has lots of illustrations to accompany the discussion. Just like any other encyclopedia, this book is also large in size and heavy. So those who want to read it on their journy by train or by bus, would not find it comfortable. However the book is so interesting that it worth to allocate time just to be with the book and read it properly by sitting on a desk and a chair.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect conditions quick service 1 Nov 2013
Perfect conditions quick service. This edition is much better than the previous one, clearand colorful layout. There is almost everything you need to know about the subject
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Language 8 Dec 2012
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Clear as Crystal - the phrase could have been coined for this wonderful book. Great teaching and learning tool. Thanks.
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This is a serious book, invaluable for those interested in languages. May take a lifetime to read all of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. 21 Mar 2013
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I ordered this book for my studies on BA Hons Education Studies. It gives an extremely comprehensive guide to language development and history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 4 Mar 2013
By Jack
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You cannot go wrong with this book if you're interested in linguistics or studying linguistics, I recommend purchasing this with Crystals 'A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics'. Overall a comprehensive and well-written book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Human 21 Nov 2012
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Easy explanations, colour, pictures, interesting and current examples, dyslexic proof, understandable, top shelf in my bookcase. David Crystal. Enough said.
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