- Series: American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
- Hardcover: 2112 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade; 5 Ind Thm edition (November 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0547041012
- ISBN-13: 978-0547041018
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition 5 Ind Thm Edition
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About the Author
The Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries are trained lexicographers with a varied array of interests and expertise. Most of the editors hold graduate degrees, and several have degrees in linguistics or in the history of the English language. All the editors familiarize themselves with the vocabulary in specific subject areas, collect materials on new developments and usage, and work in association with consultants to ensure that the content of our publications is as accurate and up-to-date as possible.Steven Pinker, Chair of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel, is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He has also taught at Stanford and MIT. His research on visual cognition and the psychology of language has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and the American Psychological Association. He has also received six honorary doctorates, several teaching awards, and numerous prizes for his books The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate. He is currently Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association, and writes frequently for The New Republic, The New York Times, and other publications. He has been named Humanist of the Year, and is listed in Foreign Policy and Prospect magazine s The World s Top 100 Public Intellectuals and in Time magazine s The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today. His latest book is The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature.
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I have had this dictionary for about three months, and I am completely satisfied. The user will find an abundance of full color photos throughout the text. In fact, it is easy to look-up one word, and then get stuck reading the definitions of other words. This never happened with my other “jumbo” dictionaries.
Unique to this work are “word histories” and “usage notes” which I find to be both helpful and interesting.
Lastly, with over 2,000 pages, the information that you want is probably within its pages.
Again, I am satisfied with my purchase.
Don't get me wrong: I like the AHD. It's the philologist's print dictionary. The etymological dictionaries included are precious. However, I do not assume that there is always wifi access, nor that I wish to access a website all the time that my large book is away from my hand. A bit gormless, in my view.
The CD that comes with the book is certainly an added bonus. I loaded it on my work computer and find it easy to use although I certainly prefer to look words up in the printed version. Call me old fashion. I will buy this as a gift for my grandchildren as they head off to college.