Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language
From Sanskrit to Scouse, this book provides a single-volume source of information about the English language. The guide is intended both for reference and for browsing. The international perspective takes in language from Cockney to Creole, Aboriginal English to Zummerzet, Estuary English toCaribbean English and a historical range from Beowulf to Ebonics, Chaucer to Chomsky, Latin to the World Wide Web. There is coverage of a wide range of topics from abbreviation to Zeugma, Shakespeare to split infinitive and substantial entries on key subjects such as African English, etymology,imperialism, pidgin, poetry, psycholinguistics and slang. Box features include pieces on place-names, the evolution of the alphabet, the story of OK, borrowings into English, and the Internet.Invaluable reference for English Language students, and fascinating reading for the general reader with an interest in language.
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abbreviations accent ACROLECT adjectives adverbs African alphabet AMERICAN ENGLISH Arabic associated Australian BASILECT Bible borrowed Britain British CALQUE Caribbean CARIBBEAN ENGLISH Celtic CELTIC LANGUAGES classical CLASSICAL COMPOUND clause Cockney common Compare compounds consonant contrast Creole culture derived developed dialect Dictionary digraph distinct elements England English Language especially example expressions French Gaelic German grammar Greek Indian inflections influence Irish Islands Jamaican Creole Latin letters linguistic LINGUISTIC TYPOLOGY literary literature loan translations loans loanwords London mark meaning MESOLECT MIDDLE ENGLISH Modern English morphemes nouns occur official Old English origin PHONETICS phrase PIDGIN plural pronounced pronunciation RECEIVED PRONUNCIATION reference regional Roman Roman ALPHABET schwa Scots semantic sentence social sometimes sound Spanish speakers speech spelling spoken STANDARD ENGLISH stress style suffix syllable term texts traditional translation usage usually variation varieties of English verb vernacular vocabulary vowel West words writing