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Title A Dictionary of the English Language
Author Samuel Johnson
Publisher ePenguin
Release 2006-11-30
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 650
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Published in 1755, this work marked a milestone in a language in desperate need of standards. It contains a selection from the original, offering passages on subjects ranging from books and critics to dreams and ethics.

Johnson s Dictionary by Samuel Johnson

Title Johnson s Dictionary
Author Samuel Johnson
Publisher Allen Lane
Release 2005
Category English language
Total Pages 650
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Samuel Johnson's Dictionary, published in 1755, marked a milestone in a language in desperate need of standards. No English dictionary before it had devoted so much space to everyday words, been so thorough in its definitions, or illustrated usage by quoting from Shakespeare and other great writers. Johnson's was the dictionary used by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, Wordsworth and Coleridge, the Brontes and the Brownings, Thomas Hardy and Oscar Wilde. This new edition, edited by David Crystal, will contain a selection from the original, offering memorable passages on subjects ranging from books and critics to dreams and ethics.

Title A Dictionary of the English Language an Anthology
Author Samuel Johnson
Publisher Penguin UK
Release 2006-11-30
Category Reference
Total Pages 704
ISBN 0141902868
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Samuel Johnson's Dictionary, published in 1755, marked a milestone in a language in desperate need of standards. No English dictionary before it had devoted so much space to everyday words, been so thorough in its definitions, or illustrated usage by quoting from Shakespeare and other great writers. Johnson's was the dictionary used by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, Wordsworth and Coleridge, the Brontës and the Brownings, Thomas Hardy and Oscar Wilde. This new edition, edited by David Crystal, will contain a selection from the original, offering memorable passages on subjects ranging from books and critics to dreams and ethics.

Fixing Babel by Rebecca Shapiro

Title Fixing Babel
Author Rebecca Shapiro
Publisher Bucknell University Press
Release 2016-12-02
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 656
ISBN 1611488109
Language English, Spanish, and French
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We all think we know what a dictionary is for and how to use one, so most of us skip the first pages—the front matter—and go right to the words we wish to look up. Yet dictionary users have not always known how English “works” and my book reproduces and examines for the first time important texts in which seventeenth- and eighteenth-century dictionary authors explain choices and promote ideas to readers, their “end users.” Unlike French, Spanish, and Italian dictionaries compiled during this time and published by national academies, the goal of English dictionaries was usually not to “purify” the language, though some writers did attempt to regularize it. Instead, English lexicographers aimed to teach practical ways for their users to learn English, improve their language skills, even transcend their social class. The anthology strives to be comprehensive in its coverage of the first phase of this tradition from the early seventeenth century—from Robert Cawdrey’s (1604) A Table Alphabeticall, to Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language (1755), and finally, to Noah Webster’s An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828). The book puts English dictionaries in historical, national, linguistic, literary, cultural contexts, presenting lexicographical trends and the change in the English language over two centuries, and examines how writers attempted to control it by appealing to various pedagogical and legal authorities. Moreover, the development of dictionary and attempts to codify English language and grammar coincided with the arc of the British Empire; the promulgation of “proper” English has been a subject of debate and inquiry for centuries and, in part, dictionaries and the teaching of English historically have been used to present and support ideas about what is correct, regardless of how and where English is actually used. The authors who wrote these texts apply ideas about capitalism, nationalism, sex and social status to favor one language theory over another. I show how dictionaries are not neutral documents: they challenge or promote biases. The book presents and analyzes the history of lexicography, demonstrating how and why dictionaries evolved into the reference books we now often take for granted and we can see that there is no easy answer to the question of “who owns English.”

Title The English Language A Very Short Introduction
Author Simon Horobin
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release 2018-01-18
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 152
ISBN 0191019313
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The English language is spoken by more than a billion people throughout the world. But where did English come from? And how has it evolved into the language used today? In this Very Short Introduction Simon Horobin investigates how we have arrived at the English we know today, and celebrates the way new speakers and new uses mean that it continues to adapt. Engaging with contemporary concerns about correctness, Horobin considers whether such changes are improvements, or evidence of slipping standards. What is the future for the English language? Will Standard English continue to hold sway, or we are witnessing its replacement by newly emerging Englishes? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Routledge Handbook of Lexicography by Pedro A. Fuertes-Olivera

Title The Routledge Handbook of Lexicography
Author Pedro A. Fuertes-Olivera
Publisher Routledge
Release 2017-10-02
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 810
ISBN 1351599658
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Routledge Handbook of Lexicography provides a comprehensive overview of the major approaches to lexicography and their applications within the field. This Handbook features key case studies and cutting-edge contributions from an international range of practitioners, teachers, and researchers. Analysing the theory and practice of compiling dictionaries within the digital era, the 47 chapters address the core issues of: The foundations of lexicography, and its interactions with other disciplines including Corpus Linguistics and Information Science; Types of dictionaries, for purposes such as translation and teaching; Innovative specialised dictionaries such as the Oenolex wine dictionary and the Online Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language; Lexicography and world languages, including Arabic, Hindi, Russian, Chinese, and Indonesian; The future of lexicography, including the use of the Internet, user participation, and dictionary portals. The Routledge Handbook of Lexicography is essential reading for researchers and students working in this area.

Title Handbook of Anglophone World Literatures
Author Stefan Helgesson
Publisher Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Release 2020-09-07
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 589
ISBN 3110583186
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Handbook of Anglophone World Literatures is the first globally comprehensive attempt to chart the rich field of world literatures in English. Part I navigates different usages of the term ‘world literature’ from an historical point of view. Part II discusses a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to world literature. This is also where the handbook’s conceptualisation of ‘Anglophone world literatures’ – in the plural – is developed and interrogated in juxtaposition with proximate fields of inquiry such as postcolonialism, translation studies, memory studies and environmental humanities. Part III charts sociological approaches to Anglophone world literatures, considering their commodification, distribution, translation and canonisation on the international book market. Part IV, finally, is dedicated to the geographies of Anglophone world literatures and provides sample interpretations of literary texts written in English.

The Prodigal Tongue by Mark Abley

Title The Prodigal Tongue
Author Mark Abley
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release 2008
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 262
ISBN 9780618571222
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The author of the critically acclaimed Spoken Here charts the transformation of the English language as it is used around the world, examining the impact of everything from text messages and blogs to hip-hop lyrics, Spanglish, and other cultural influences.

Title A Dictionary of the English Language
Author Noah Webster
Publisher
Release 1832
Category English language
Total Pages
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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