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In this unique and entertaining collection of articles, a noted scholar and compiler of key works of reference reflects on the nature of language, the art of lexicography, and the breathtaking developments in communication, the media, and information technology in the late twentieth century.
Living Words ranges over three main subjects: language at large, and in particular English, the most widely used language in the history of the world; the art and study of dictionaries and reference science, embracing all past, present, and potential reference materials from the Oxford English Dictionary to the Yellow Pages; and the processes through which communication, information, and knowledge have evolved -- from cave art to the personal computer.
"There are many valuable insights in this collection of papers . . . The articles in this collection will fascinate lexicographers." -International Journal of Lexicography, Vol. 13, No 2, 2000
|Introduction Living words|
|Bagaba and carcari: or, the paradox at the heart of language|
|Rhythm, rhyme, and reason: the power of patterned sound|
|The power of words: pressure, prejudice, and politics in our vocabularies and dictionaries|
|The word word|
|The vocabulary-control movement in the English language, 1844-1953 Language|
|Wee Jimmy and the dugs: or, where do YOU stand in the classroom?|
|The usage industry|
|Problems of purism and usage in editing English Today|
|The pedigree of plain English|
|The printed word in the English-speaking world Lexicography|
|The background and nature of ELT learners' dictionaries|
|Reference materials and their formats|
|A mutually defining circle of words: some reflections on the making of the Longman Lexicon of Contemporary English|
|Culture-bound and trapped by technology: centuries of bias in the making of wordbooks|
|Guides to tomorrow's English: dictionaries for a universal language The knowledge revolution|
|What then is reference science?|
|The scholarly guild|
|Knowledge, knowledge everywhere: the global library|
|Themes and dreams: the romance of the database|
|Representing knowledge for human consumption|
|Appendix The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary of Language Teaching|
|Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.|
Series: Exeter Linguistic Studies S.
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: University of Exeter Press
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.8 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.454