The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language

by David Crystal (Editor)


Where did human language come from? How many languages are there? How do we acquire our first language or learn a second one? The highly acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language by David Crystal answers these and other questions about language. From hieroglyphics to trucker talk, from Shakespeare in pidgin to sneezing in Tongan, this is a stimulating and richly illustrated guide to the variety, structure, history and theory of language. David Crystal not only conveys the intrinsic fascination of the subject, but also its enormous complexity. The visual dimension of the encyclopedia throws a fresh light on what has traditionally been treated as a non-visual subject, with many drawings, photographs, maps, display boxes and extracts all integrated within the text. In addition, appendices, meticulous cross-referencing and indexing ensure that this is an authoritative work of reference for students, professionals and general readers alike.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Edition: illustrated edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 26 Nov 1987

ISBN 10: 0521264383
ISBN 13: 9780521264389

Media Reviews
' ... an ingenious tour de force ... a stunningly diverse linguistic menu' Robert Burchfield, The Times
' ... a celebration of language in all its oddity, beauty, fun, astonishing complexity and limitless variety' The London Review of Books
' ... imaginative and arresting ... deserves shelf-space in every home interested in language' The Times Literary Supplement
'Those who want to make pronouncements about language in the future must pass the test of knowing what is in the book' Dwight Bollinger