Paper $22.50 ISBN: 9780226122038 Published June 2001 Not for sale in Europe or the British Commonwealth except Canada

A Dictionary of Language

David Crystal

A Dictionary of Language
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David Crystal

Second Edition
392 pages | 3 maps, 26 line drawings, 37 tables | 5-1/4 x 8 | © 1992, 1999
Paper $22.50 ISBN: 9780226122038 Published June 2001 Not for sale in Europe or the British Commonwealth except Canada
No ordinary dictionary, David Crystal's Dictionary of Language includes not only descriptions of hundreds of languages literally from A to Z (Abkhaz to Zyryan) and definitions of literary and grammatical concepts, but also explanations of terms used in linguistics, language teaching, and speech pathology. If you are wondering how many people speak Macedonian, Malay, or Makua, or if you're curious about various theories of the origins of language, or if you were always unsure of the difference between structuralism, semiotics, and sociolinguistics, this superbly authoritative dictionary will answer all of your questions and hundred of others.


Nicholas Lezard | The Guardian
“The kind of dictionary you lose yourself in the moment you open it up. . . . You look up ‘Isogloss’ and get distracted by the fact, on the facing page, that Etruscan, Mohenjo-Daro and Japanese are isolated languages. Then you suddenly notice an entry for ‘felicity conditions,’ find out what the hell that is before you go mad, then forget what you were looking for in the first place, but who cares? You can keep going for hours.”
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