The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language

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David Crystal
Cambridge University Press
Edition: 3rd edition, 03/06/2010
EAN 9780521736503, ISBN10: 0521736501

Paperback, 524 pages, 27.6 x 21.9 x 3.6 cm

This new, thoroughly revised edition of the acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language incorporates the major developments in language study which have taken place since the mid 1990s. Two main new areas have been added: the rise of electronic communication in all its current forms from email to texting, and the crisis affecting the world's languages, of which half are thought to be so seriously endangered that they will die out this century. • All language statistics have been updated, and additional information provided about their linguistic affiliation • All topics involving technology have been revised to take account of recent developments, notably in phonetics, language disability, and computing • Maps have been revised to include new countries or country names • Special attention has been paid to fast-moving areas such as language teaching and learning • The text design has been completely updated with many new illustrations throughout

'... a celebration of language in all its oddity, beauty, fun, astonishing complexity and limitless variety.' London Review of Books