The Oxford Companion to the English Language is a thousand-page cornucopia covering virtually every aspect of the English language as well as language in general.
The range of topics is remarkable, offering a goldmine of information on writing and speech (including entries on grammar, literary terms, linguistics, rhetoric, and style) as well as on such wider issues as sexist language, bilingual education, child language acquisition, and the history of English.
The Oxford Companion to the English Language
This new edition of a landmark Companion notably focuses on World Englishes, English language teaching, English as an international language, and the effect of technological advances on the English language.
More than 130 new entries include African American English, British Sign Language, China English, digital literacy, multimodality, social networking, superdiversity, and text messaging.
It also includes new biographical entries on key individuals who have had an impact on the English language in recent decades, including Beryl (Sue) Atkins, Adam Kilgariff, and John Sinclair.
It is an invaluable reference for English language students and fascinating reading for any general reader with an interest in language.
The Oxford Companion to the English Language pdf
This thousand-page cornucopia brings readers information on virtually every aspect of the English language:
Comprehensive—Over 3,500 entries covering writing and speech, linguistics, rhetoric, literary terms, and a thousand related topics such as bilingual education, child language acquisition, sign language, and psycholinguistics.
Informative—Provides bibliographies for the larger entries, generous crossreferencing, etymologies for headwords, a chronology of English from Roman times to 1990, and an index of people who appear in entries or bibliographies.
Colorful—Includes vivid biographies of figures who have influenced the shape or study of English, from Shakespeare and Joyce, to Noam Chomsky and Noah Webster, as well as many delightful asides that make browsing a joy.