The Oxford Companion to the English Language
First published in 1992, "The Oxford Companion to the English Language" was described by "The Times" as an "excellent guide to the history, geography and contours of English, " one that "immediately establishes itself as a necessary book." A carefully planned shorter version of the "Oxford Companion to the English Language," this new "Concise" volume concentrates on the central themes in the language: grammar, usage, dialect, pronunciation, and the history of English. Within each theme all the key subjects are covered, and individual entries offer all the most essential information from the parent "Companion."
With nearly 2,000 articles in A-Z format the "Concise Companion" is an ideal reference for both students and general readers wanting access to the highly readable scholarship of the "Companion" in a portable and affordable volume.
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ARABIC [14c: through French from Latin Arabicus Arabian: known to its speakers
as al-'Arabiyya]. A Semitic language of West Asia and North Africa that originated
in the Arabian peninsula in the early first millennium ad. It is the mother tongue ...
(5) Arabic script, which probably developed in the 4c, is the next most widely
used writing system after the Roman alphabet. It has been adapted as a medium
for such non- Semitic languages as Malay, Persian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish,
See arabic. A wave of New World borrowings occurred in the 19c, mainly in the
Southwest of the US, such as the unadapted arroyo, bronco, cantina, corral,
gringo, mesa, patio, rodeo, tequila, and the adapted alligator, buckaroo, chaps,
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