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5.0 out of 5 stars a mammoth work (in a good way!)
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay...
This is a good book but its a very wordy and there is A LOT of information here, this may be a good thing for some people but it's quite a lot to read when you only want a little bit of information. I would recommend this book to people who want to read a lot into the information provided but there is in my opinion too much information for only little bit of reading.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a mammoth work (in a good way!), 20 Jan 2002
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This review is from: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (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
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is addictive!, 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for more than just Language Students, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, Informative and Comprehensive, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Tour de force, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars good, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, 24 Mar 2013
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay..., 28 Jan 2013
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This is a good book but its a very wordy and there is A LOT of information here, this may be a good thing for some people but it's quite a lot to read when you only want a little bit of information. I would recommend this book to people who want to read a lot into the information provided but there is in my opinion too much information for only little bit of reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, 16 Dec 2009
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The book is fantastic not only for specialists but also for anybody who may be interested in languages in general. It was great value for money and it arrived quickly and it is in very good condition. A very reliable Amazon seller.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Linguistics A-Level Book, 25 Jan 2005
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David Crystal's encyclopedia is probably one of the biggest references in A-Level English Studies and it will prove to be a good companion to anyone doing Linguistics or English Language.
It's always a good book to start looking for something - just in case it's in the book, but the book's companionship will, however, dilute as years will pass by. No final-year bacholar or post-graduate student will find it very helpful anymore.
The is very good for A-Level students and it does convey the 'magic' and 'fascination' of linguistics and languages, but it will become too easy and shallow to help students with academic research.
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