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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (Oxford Paperback Reference) [Paperback]

P.H. Matthews
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6 Nov 1997 0192800086 978-0192800084
This work is the most authoritative and up-to-date dictionary of linguistics available. Written by Peter Matthews, Professor of Linguistics at Cambridge University, the book provides concise and informative entries across the whole field of linguistics form phonetics to formal semantics and includes world-wide coverage of languages and language families.

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  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks (6 Nov 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192800086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192800084
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,525,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peter Matthews is Professor and Head of the Department of Linguistics at Cambridge University and a Fellow of St. Johns College, Cambridge. His previous publications include Inflectional Morphology, Syntax, and Grammatical Theory in the United States from Bloomfield to Chomsky.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice reference book 14 Oct 2005
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I use this book as a help to compensate for my poor memory: I know the term but the exact definition has fled my mind. Matthews book is suitable for this purpose, because the entries are compact and in a few lines give you an overview, which on the other hand means that the entries only give a minimum of information. The compressed form also result in many definitions being explained using other definitions: You can't use this book to pick up linguistics from scratch, some basic knowledge is required, Or you will find yourself turning pages going from one definition to another trying to make out the meaning of what you first looked up (and since the paper seems to be of very poor quality it will not last you long if you have to turn too many pages).
But overall I think the book is worth buying (especially for the student). And since it is written by Matthews you can be almost sure the information in it is correct.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential for linguistic students 9 Jan 2012
By E. Bell
A lot of terminology is mentioned throughout lectures which aren't explained further; this is when this book comes in useful. I had it by my side throughout my undergraduate linguitics degree and I swear by it.

I have the first edition (i.e. not this exact one) but it's great. It can only have got better. My edition lacks an IPA chart which I think would be useful, though maybe there are copyright issues there.

The terms are concise - as expected with the name of the book, so you will have the venture further with other books, but it helps you get the correct term to start with and helps with any confusion you may have between terms.

Examples are used in most cases and I think it's nice that the dictionary doesn't limit itself to merely linguistic terminologies but also spans across some historical linguistics and important figures in the development of the science and language in general.

Some aspects of psychology and biology are in there too where relevant to the study of linguistics.

It hasn't got it all - don't get me wrong, but you'll definitely refer to it if you've got it.

I am using it for my masters in Speech and Language Therapy! So glad I didn't sell it on!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 14 Feb 2010
Excellent dictionary, essential for English Language students! Helps you get to grips with the terminology.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A decent book, but a little *too* concise 6 Mar 2000
By Jennifer Kerns - Published on Amazon.com
This is a good book for linguistics majors, especially if you intend to go to grad school. The book has definitions of just about every word I've needed to look up, but sometimes the definitions aren't very clear and are worded in the same difficult jargon that makes you need to look these words up in the first place. Longer definitions would be helpful. But in cases where words learned in class need clarifying, it does offer another explanation. Overall, it's worth the price, but I'll be on the lookout for other linguistics dictionaries that have clearer explanations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very handy and surprisingly complete 18 Nov 2007
By Paul Stevenson - Published on Amazon.com
(The following comments are based on the first edition, which I bought a year ago. I see that Oxford published a second edition a few months ago.)

I have found P. H. Matthews' dictionary of linguistic terms to compare very favorably with David Crystal's A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. In spite of the considerable difference in size and price, I have found that Matthews' work has more of the terms I want to look up, and his explanations are often more to the point. I don't use it much for phonetic terminology, so any deficiency in this regard vis a vis Crystal has not been an issue for me.

I appreciate seeing the names of at least a few of the most outstanding linguists in history listed. New students in the field should find these references to the luminaries helpful. Their names show up in the literature with some regularity, and it is nice to have some place to turn for a quick summary of their contributions.

For students of linguistics, I recommend that you get Matthews' dictionary first, if you can't afford both at once, and then get Crystal's dictionary later. It is always helpful to have more than one reference of this sort on your shelf.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the beginner 30 Nov 2009
By April Nashville - Published on Amazon.com
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I am taking my first linguistics class, and it's graduate level so its fast-paced and content-packed. And it's all in Spanish. Aside from our regular textbook, the professor, who has a doctorate in Spanish Linguistics, recommended the Oxford Linguistics dictionary. It helped SO much. It breaks the definitions down into more beginner-friendly terms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good reference, esp. for students 19 Feb 2008
By P. Mazur - Published on Amazon.com
This is my second copy of the Oxford Concise Dictionary of Linguistics as this is the second edition. In my opinion better then the first one. It is a really good reference, especially for students, presents really good coverage of entries. Reasonable price!
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a dictionary 7 Jan 2013
By Andrew Cotton - Published on Amazon.com
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Just a dictionary, nothing surprising about it. It was what I ordered and I am glad I ordered it. I have not used it much but it is on my shelf when I need it.
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