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worthy dull and a little flawed
on 28 February 2008
Yes it's very thorough but it tends to leave out the significance of context leading to assumptions about language that can't be sustained. Its sections on genre, for example, pretend that stylistically genre is always the same. Encyclopedic but the publisher could have worked a little harder on making it attractive too. Compare it to Crystal's encyclopedias and then decide which one you want to read!