- Paperback: 495 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reprint edition (August 13, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521596556
- ISBN-13: 978-0521596558
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.3 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,634,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...lives up to the reputation of other resources published under the Cambridge imprint and will make an excellent addition to the collections of large public libraries and all academic libraries." Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
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"...a superb work that manages to be both scholarly and vastly entertaining. A deeply impressive book....the most entertaining and informative browsing book of the summer, as well as a first-rate introduction to contemporary thinking about language." Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World
"...the most diverting, delightful, imaginative and altogether entertaining compilation ever assembled about spoken and written English....you can have an enjoyable time browsing through these pages and even learn a bit along the way." Herbert Kupferberg, Parade
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"The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language [is] perhaps the most brilliant book of the past 10 years...what makes it most impressive is that this stupendous work of scholarship, which combines physiology, philosophy, and literary criticism, is unbelievably, the work of one sole author." Toronto Globe and Mail
Superbly illustrated in colour throughout, this is the most comprehensive survey of the history, structure and worldwide use of English ever written. Clear and accessible, the book abounds with insights into how the language evolved and how it works. All aspects of English are systematically covered.
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This is a very interesting book on the spread of world English. I really recommend it.