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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GENERATIVE [16c: from Latin generative producing one's kind]. A term borrowed
in the 1960s from mathematics into linguistics by Noam Chomsky. If a grammar is
A word, phrase, or lexeme of narrower or more specific meaning that comes '
under' another of wider or more general meaning: for example, rose under flower
('a rose is a kind of flower', 'flowers include roses and tulips'). In this relationship ...
However, the term is usually restricted to countable nouns followed by of, used to
ascribe quantity or quality to mainly uncountable nouns: bit in 'a bit of cheese';
kind in 'a kind of loving'. In terms of quantity, there are four kinds of partitive ...
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