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A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics (The Language Library)

David Crystal (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-5296-9
560 pages
June 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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David Crystal's A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics has long been the standard single-volume reference for its field. Now available in its sixth edition, it has been revised and updated to reflect the latest terms in the field.
  • Includes in excess of 5,100 terms, grouped into over 3,000 entries
  • Coverage reflects recommendations by a team of experts in phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics, making it exceptionally comprehensive
  • Incorporates new ideas stemming from the minimalist program
  • Contains a separate table of abbreviations and table of symbols, along with an updated International Phonetic Alphabet
  • Updates entries to reflect the way established terms are now perceived in light of changes in the field, providing a unique insight into the historical development of linguistics
  • Remains the standard single-volume reference for the field of linguistics and phonetics.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Sixth Edition.


List of Abbreviations.

List of Symbols.

The International Phonetic Alphabet.

Alphabetical Entries

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Author Information

David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bangor, Wales. He is the author of several benchmark reference volumes, including The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (2009) and The Stories of English(2004).
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"This is the standard, modestly priced, single-volume reference work for its esoteric fields. Essential stock in all libraries, at all levels; an invaluable text book for teacher and student; and another huge achievement for its distinguished progenitor!" (Reference Review, November 2009)

"Much more than a dictionary, this impressive work of judicious scholarship is virtually a course of instruction in the wide range of studies of language. It cannot fail to be of great value to professionals, students, and the general interested public."
Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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