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Dictionary of the English Language
Language and Linguistics, 10-Volume Set
In English with definitions
R.A. Letusť La O, Havana, Cuba
Editor-in-Chief: R.E. Asher, University of Edinburgh, UK
In English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and German
Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language
- E. Klein
Although during the last sixty years philology has attained a high degree of
development, looking at the literature available, Etymology appears only to have
reached the level of philology at the turn of the century. This dictionary is
the first major work of its kind in the 20th century, and as such, embodies the
findings of modern philological scholarship. For example, full reference is made
to Tocharian, the extinct language rediscovered at the end of the Nineteenth
Century which often provides the key to the important transition form between
the Old-Indian and the Indo-European group of languages to which English
belongs. Several hundred words previously defined as being "of unknown
etymology" are fully analyzed.
The etymology of words of Semitic origin in the English
language is given, the transliteration of Semitic words is based on a concept
which renders exactly every consonant, vowel and diacritical sign. Hybrids are
not only referred to, but in many cases a new, correctly formed word is
suggested. Special attention is paid to loan translations (important elements in
the cultural interrelationship between the nations) especially in regard to
their passage from one language to another. The dictionary also provides the
etymologies of proper and mythological names. Exhaustive cross-referencing,
allows the reader to trace all words derived from one and the same base.
- The American Translators Association Chronicle
- "Aside from its outstanding value and importance to students of
linguistics, Dr. Klein's work is a source of fascinating reading and
browsing to anyone with an interest in language."
Year 1971 7th reprint 2000
- ISBN: 0-444-40930-0
- Hardbound, 870 pages #
- 7th reprint 2000
Dictionary of Communicative Abbreviations
In English with definitions
- R.A. Letusť La O, Havana, Cuba
This book will be invaluable in overcoming the growing problems posed - in
English - by "communicative abbreviations", autonomous entities
originating in a noticeable reduction in the phonic corpus of the words or
phrases they have stemmed from, as compared to graphical or standard
The dictionary, having more than 5,700 entries, not only provides insight
into etymological aspects, but also accurate meanings and contextualized samples
mostly taken from original sources.
This guide to this trend of the language covers extensive spectra of subject
areas and will surely be an effective tool in the hands of English scholars.
- International Journal for Language & Documentation
- "...the editor... has genuinely stumbled on a neglected area of
- Translatio-Nouvelles de la Fit
- "...Each entry has four constituents: abbreviation, etmology,
meaning and example. ...it is also stated whether the headword is
colloquial, vulgar, slang, etc. ...it might be especially useful for
lexicographers who want to study the field of (communicative) abbreviations.
- ISBN: 0-444-82889-3
- Hardbound, 372 pages #
- approx. 5,700 terms
Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 10-Volume Set
- R.E. Asher, University of Edinburgh, UK
- Co-ordinating Editor
- J.M.Y. Simpson, University of Glasgow, UK
The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics meets the need for a
truly international work of reference and reviews current knowledge in the
fields of linguistics and language studies. The work makes a systematic effort
to take into account the many different views and perspectives encountered in
research and thinking in the fields of linguistics and language studies,
emphasizing the multidisciplinary nature of the subject. Alphabetically
organized, the work consists of ten volumes, each of more than 500 large format
pages, including an index volume which contains a contributor index, a
three-level subject index, a systematic outline of the Encyclopedia, an
article on the bibliographic sources of information in linguistics and language
studies and a glossary of technical terms used in the field. In planning the
presentation of the Encyclopedia the Editorial Board and the Publisher
have considered the wide range of potential users, including not only specialist
research workers but also those individuals and institutions in need of
information in this diverse field.
For faculty, language specialists, researchers and students.
- ISBN: 0-08-035943-4
- Hardbound; 5,782 pages #
Academics and standards.
Aging and language.
Alphabet: religious beliefs.
Alternate sign languages.
Automatic speech recognition: stochastic techniques.
Black english in education.
Bolivia: language situation.
Chart parsing and WFSSTs.
Chatterji, S. K. Children's invented spellings.
Chomsky's philosophy of grammar.
Classroom language: observation and research.
Cohesion and coherence in literature.
Computers and language use.
Curriculum and syllabus design.
Deaf community and culture.
Dialect maps and atlases.
English from the Norman Conquest to the introduction of printing.
Ethiopia: language situation.
Ethnicity and language.
Formalisation and functionalism in linguistic criticism.
Grammar: typological and areal issues.
Historiography of linguistics.
Immigrant languages in education: Sweden.
Indirect speech acts.
Irish bardic grammarians.
Japanese writing system.
Language as a platonic reality.
Language in the workplace.
Language loss: intervention.
Language promotion by governments.
Language: Hindu views.
Legal language: vagueness.
Lexicography, post-classical Greek.
Linguistics and semiotics in music.
Literacy and phonological awareness.
Metaphor in language.
Mood and modality.
Multilingual states: political implications of language policies.
Namibia: language situation.
Naming of children.
Natural language generation.
Neo-Humboldtian linguistics in Germany.
Ogden, Charles Kay.
Origins of language: recent theories.
Oxford english dictionary.
Pathology of language: evaluation.
Philosophy of linguistics.
Phonology: redundancy rules.
Picture theory of meaning.
Proper names: linguistic aspects.
Reading processes in adults.
Semantic specialization and generalization.
Sign bilingualism: applications to education.
Social networks and language.
South America: sign languages.
Speaker-characterization in speech technology.
Structuralism and semiotics, literary.
Subtitles, silent film to teletext.
Syntax and semantics: relationship.
Teaching english as a mother tongue: Australia.
Technical vocabulary: medieval and renaissance english.
Telegraph and telephone.
Text-to-speech conversion systems.
Thought and language.
Universals of language.
Valency changing alternations.
Varro and early language science.
Whistles and whistled speech.
Writing materials and their influence on writing.
15000 lit. refs approx.
- The Times Higher Education Supplement, Raphael Salkie, University of
- "Since David Crystal's admirable Encyclopedia of Language
showed the way, several other large reference works on language have
appeared. This one is by far the most comprehensive yet, and in some ways
the most successful... This is not a repository of superficial information
about language but a substantial resource that will amply repay the effort
anyone invests in consulting it. This is largely due to the size of the
entries, which are long enough to do more than scrape the surface without
being so long that they become wearisome. The editors deserve praise for the
good judgement that they have displayed in this respect, for it has enabled
the contributors to present scholarly inquiry into language in an elegant
way... The skill of the contributors is remarkable... There is no doubt in
my mind that much of the content will be superb teaching material... The
editors have clearly made a genuine effort to include not only the core
areas of linguistics, but also interdisciplinary fields such as the
sociology of language and linguistic computing...the Encyclopedia of
Language and Linguistics remains a magnificent achievement. Ronald Asher
and Seumas Simpson have given us an outstanding work of reference and a
superb portrayal of the vast scholarly endeavour to understand human
language. All of us in the field are in their debt. "
- Choice, J.R. Luttell, Princeton University, 1994
- "The editors intend their work simply to be the most
authoritative, up-to-date, comprehensive, international reference source in
the field. There can be little doubt of its having achieved that goal. It
owes its authority to its distinguished editorial boards and the 1,000
specialists who contributed articles. That it is as current as possible in a
rapidly changing field is due in part to a policy of recruiting specialists
"working at the frontiers of their particular discipline."
Although comprehensiveness is difficult to achieve in a field as fundamental
as language, the editors have succeeded not only in treating thoroughly the
standard "core" areas of linguistics (e.g., morphology, phonology,
semantics) but in attempting to include more "peripheral" areas as
well (e.g., speech pathology, speech technology). A distinguishing feature
of the work is its interdisciplinary nature; significant space is devoted to
aspects of anthropology, psychology, sociology, and philosophy that impinge
The encyclopedia reveals its international character both in
its attempt to cover the contributions of all civilizations (though with a
pronounced emphasis on the West) and in the fact that the authors come from
75 countries. The intended audience is academic and professional, though the
style is accessible to general readers. Articles range in length from a few
sentences to a dozen double-columned pages and cover academic fields,
linguistic topics, languages, countries, and individual scholars. Examples
and illustrations are numerous, there are cross-references, and each article
concludes with a short bibliography. A superb subject index is accompanied
by a name index, glossary, list of the world's languages, and many other
useful lists and appendixes. Although there is substantial overlap with International
Encyclopedia of Linguistics, ed. by William Bright (Ch, Sep'92), this
monumental reference work is noticeably broader in scope. Enthusiastically
recommended for academic and larger public libraries. "
- Wilson Library Bulletin, 1994
- "This does exactly what a specialized encyclopedia should-it
takes the knowledge of a discipline and presents it in such a way that
outsiders and new-comers can comprehend that knowledge and use it to explore
the field in greater depth on their own or through directed study. Readable,
comprehensive, and current, The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics
will be the field's standard reference for a generation. "
- Journal of Linguistics, William Bright, 1994
- "This is now the definitive and indispensable scholarly
reference publication, on all branches of linguistics for any library where
linguistics is taken seriously. "
- Language, Bernard Comrie, 1994
- "Overall, my assessment is definitely positive... I should
emphasize that I find myself continually referring to its pages as a source
of information and interest. I have learned a lot from it, and will continue
to do so. "
- Journal of Pragmatics, 1994
- "... an ambitious and much-needed work, surpassing in its
extent as well as in quality all previous encyclopedias... makes its
treatmentof language and linguistics complete par excellence, and
interdisciplinary to an extent which has never been achieved before. "
- Language in Society, Dick Hudson, 1994
- "I have been asked to review just the coverage of
sociolinguistics in ELL, so the first question is, how much of these ten
volumes is given over to our subject? It actually gets a very fair share...
There are some really excellent articles, which combine scholarship and
clarity of thought with clarity of expression. I should like to pick out a
few examples that struck me during my travels through ELL (in which I should
repeat that I still haven't visited all the sociolinguistics articls):
'Socialization', 'Code-switching and mixing', 'Diglossia', 'Gender and
language' (and 'Sex differences'), 'Code sociolinguistic', 'Mutual
intelligibility', 'Sociology of language', 'Pidgins, creoles and change',
'Borrowing', 'Areal linguistics', 'Kinship terminology', 'Taboo words' and
'Primate communication'. Any of these can be read with both pleasure and
interest, and could safely be put into the hands of students... This review
has praised the index (which is probably the most important part of any
encyclopedia) and many of the articles...will become a standard reference
both in scholarship and in student essays. "
- Historiographia Linguistica, 1994
- "...the history of linguistics is well represented in this most
recent and so far largest encyclopedia of the sciences of language."
- Diachronica, 1994
- "...the coverage of the field is impressive, especially if
compared to similar recent encyclopedic works of so-called
"state-of-the-art" surveys of linguistic science."
- Excerpta Medica, Edward Erazo, 1995
- "...the most comprehensive and ambitious work of its kind ever
produced.... ELL succeeds in covering every imaginable topic in linguistics
and related subject areas. It also succeeds in meeting its aim of being
authoritative, up-to-date, comprehensive, and international in scope....
This work will become the reference of choice for meeting the needs of a
wide range of users, including specialized researchers and instructors as
well as students of language studies and linguistics. This magnificent set
fills a long-standing void in reference collections. Enthusiastically
- Computational Linguistics, Vol 21, No 2, Graeme Hirst, University of
- "Since it arrived, it has been used as an oracle whenever a
linguistic question arose that I couldn't answer from my own knowledge....
Everyone who is a linguist of any flavor at all should have a copy of this
encyclopedia...completely eclipses its main rival, Oxford University Press's
International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (Bright 1992). "
- Times Library Supplement, April 1995
- "The want of a proper encyclopedia of language studies has been
felt for many years. It need be felt no longer. The lacuna has now been
filled by these ten volumes from Pergamon Press, and - it must be said
straight away - filled more solidly and satisfactorily than one had any
right to expect. Every serious university library should have a copy, or
else its students have a reasonable case for saying that the librarian and
library committee ought to be sacked en masse Although beyond the
pocket of most individual scholars, it is a bargain for institutions. "
- Language Sciences, Talbot J. Taylor, 1995
- "...ELL will henceforth be recognized as the primary
linguistics encyclopedia (in any language): the one that every university or
public library must own. From now on, other encyclopedias will be
seen as merely complementary to ELL.... Naturally, ELL is an extremely
useful book. The coverage is as nearly complete as one could imagine
possible. Virtually every article ends with a list of bibliographical
references to the most important publications on its topic. The encyclopedia
can thus serve as an excellent research guide for students writing papers or
for anyone else entering an area with which they are not already
familiar...ELL will make an important-and equally therapeutic-contribution
to the professional intellectual practice we call 'the study of language'.
NEW! IN 2003
Dictionary of Linguistics
In English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and German
- J.L. De Lucca, Department of Linguistics, University of Sao Paulo,
The dictionary will contain terms covering the following fields and
subfields: anthropological linguistics, applied linguistics, comparative
linguistics, computational linguistics, contrastive analysis, language
acquisition, diachronic linguistics, functions of language, lexicography,
phonetics, phonology, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, semantics,
sociolinguistics, structural linguistics, syntax, systemic linguistics,
tagmemics, text linguistics, transformational generative grammar.
- ISBN: 0-444-50497-4
- Hardbound, approx. 500 pages #
- In preparation
- approx. 4,500 terms
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