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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Historical changes in meaning are un- patterned, because derivations are
usually idiomatic; the meaning of the whole is not simply the sum of the meanings
of the parts. The adjective sedate goes back to the Latin verb sedare (to settle: a ...
(2) Synonymy. Sameness of meaning: large is a synonym of big. It is often
maintained that there are no true synonyms in a language, but always some
difference, of variety (AmE fall, BrE autumn), style (polite gentleman, colloquial
BrE chap), ...
A problem with word meaning in terms of reference is that though words for
objects may seem to denote, or refer to, objects (as with stone and house), other
words (abstract nouns, verbs, and prepositions, etc.) do not seem to refer to
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