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A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics (The Language Library) [Paperback]

David Crystal
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6 Jun 2008 1405152974 978-1405152976 6th Edition
David Crystal′s A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics has long been the standard single–volume reference for its field. Now available in its sixth edition, it has been revised and updated to reflect the latest terms in the field. Includes in excess of 5,100 terms, grouped into over 3,000 entries Coverage reflects recommendations by a team of experts in phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics, making it exceptionally comprehensive Incorporates new ideas stemming from the minimalist program Contains a separate table of abbreviations and table of symbols, along with an updated International Phonetic Alphabet Updates entries to reflect the way established terms are now perceived in light of changes in the field, providing a unique insight into the historical development of linguistics Remains the standard single–volume reference for the field of linguistics and phonetics.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 6th Edition edition (6 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405152974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405152976
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 17.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,994 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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"This is the standard, modestly priced, single–volume reference work for its esoteric fields. Essential stock in all libraries, at all levels; an invaluable text book for teacher and student; and another huge achievement for its distinguished progenitor!" ( Reference Review , November 2009)


"Much more than a dictionary, this impressive work of judicious scholarship is virtually a course of instruction in the wide range of studies of language. It cannot fail to be of great value to professionals, students, and the general interested public." — Noam Chomsky , Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as promising as it sounds 25 July 2003
At a first glimpse, this dictionary sounds like heaven: it's got more entries than all the other dictionaries before, it's been written by one of the gods in Linguistics and its layout is presented in a clear and user-friendly way.
However, this dictionary is far from being complete. It might be enough for first year under-graduate students in Linguistics and/or English Language, but it's not gonna make the deal for anything above that.
Since I bought that book not even half a year ago I came up some linguistic words I didn't understand. The first reaction is to look them up in this dictionary. Result: Problem 404 Object not found. It's very disappointing having such a promising book in one's hands and yet not being able to fully use it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 7 Aug 2013
By silvya
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If you are studying linguistics you can not miss this book. It contains all the necessary definitions and it is very clear and well organized.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have 4 Mar 2013
By Jack
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A must have for any linguistic student, don't bother with a normal dictionary as it will not suffice. This is the holy grail of linguistic dictionaries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great starting point 9 Feb 2013
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This is a must for anyone who is embarking on a course in English language and/or linguistics. Crystal is a treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Linguistic Dictionary 27 Feb 2011
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This book has been extremely beneficial to have,to support my English degree work. Having the revered David Crystal's name on it, sealed the deal. It lives up to my expectations. It is easy to use, and the definitions are very well explained.
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