Dictionary of Language and Languages, An Encyclopedic (Reference)

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9780140512342: Dictionary of Language and Languages, An Encyclopedic (Reference)

A large number of terms to do with language crop up in day-to-day speech - but what do they all actually mean? The aim of this book is to provide a guide to linguistic concepts and names. Terms are drawn from the various applied areas of language study, such as language teaching, speech pathology, stylistics, typography and lexicography, as well as from grammar, figures of speech and basic phonetics. With nearly 3000 main entries, this dictionary aims to answer all the questions people are likely to ask about language and its meaning. A selection of cartoons and illustrations reinforces the author's conviction that language study can be fun.

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Both students and the general public should welcome this dictionary by the editor of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language ( LJ 5/1/88). It defines hundreds of terms connected with language, from A to Zoosemiotics. Many entries are the names of languages, language groups, or countries. Others cover such topics as writing systems, punctuation, traditional grammar, and poetics, while still others are terms from phonetics, language typology, transformational grammar, case grammar, neurolinguistics, and related fields. Illustrations include audiograms of two forms of hearing loss, Chinese characters, and the Indo-European family tree. Recommended especially for academic and larger public libraries.
- Catherine V. von Schon, SUNY at Stony Brook
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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