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Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language (Oxford Paperback Reference) Paperback – 27 Oct 2005

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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (27 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192806378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192806376
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 4.3 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,247,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Oxford Companion to the English Language: "This is one of the big dreams for most writers, for an addition to their research shelf. It's the ultimate in authority for spelling, definition, and first use."--The San Diego Tribune"A superb survey."--Library Journal"Invaluable."--Choice

About the Author

Tom McArthur, former Professor of English at the University of Quebec, is editor of the journal English Today and the full Oxford Companion to the English Language.


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Format: Paperback
This is a superb book, which I have owned and used for the last 10 years. It's worth noting that it is about much more than the English language; there are entries on many other languages as well, including Sanskrit, Latin, etc. It is scholarly stuff, and yet entirely accessible and unstuffily written in plain English. There are lots of wonderful examples of dialect usage, and the Glasgow-born editor is particularly fond of the language and humour of his home town. Like all the best reference works, there are a few nuggets of dry humour tucked away, just waiting to be found. I cannot recommend it more warmly.
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Having recently read this essential reference material near enough from cover to cover, I can say, hand on heart that it is a must have for all students taking AS and A2 English Language, and essential reference material for students, adults, and like myself teachers! Enjoy- and at a very cheap price through AMAZON.CO.UK! Get buying now!
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What a cracking book this is. If you need to know virtually anything about English (or even obscurely related to English) it'll be in here. 1137 pages of clear, concise articles exploring every facet of our gigantic language. Even in this abridged version, the depth offered is truly staggering. Though the typeface could be a little larger, for £2.75 used this is one of the best bargains Amazon has to offer.

I can only urge anyone studying English at any level above GCSE, right up to a MA and beyond, even those in English related professional careers, buy this. It's biblical in terms of scale and how much use you could get out of it. From simplistic terms, to obscure Pidgins and Creoles, to an overview of a country with English speakers, it's the best £2.75 I've spent.
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Engrossing book, whether for researching a particular item or just browsing. I was fascinated by the articles on different versions of English, (Canadian, Indian etc,) and their characteristics, also by all the explanations of grammatical terms. But there is much more, from biographies of famous writers, linguists etc to information on printing....if it pertains to English it's in there
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