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The Resource Damp squid : the English language laid bare, Jeremy Butterfield

Damp squid : the English language laid bare, Jeremy Butterfield

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Damp squid : the English language laid bare
Title
Damp squid
Title remainder
the English language laid bare
Statement of responsibility
Jeremy Butterfield
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
When James Murray compiled the OED in the 19th century, he used a small army of volunteers--and thousands upon thousands of paper slips--to track down the English language. Today, linguists use massive computer power--including the world's largest language databank, the Oxford Corpus, which contains more than two billion words--to determine for the first time definitively how the English language is used. From evidence contained in the gargantuan Oxford Corpus, Jeremy Butterfield here uncovers a wealth of fascinating facts about the English language. Where does our vocabulary come from? How do word meanings change? How is our language really being used? This entertaining book has the up-to-date and authoritative answers to all the key questions about our language. Butterfield takes a thorough look at the English language and exposes its peculiarities and penchants, its development and difficulties, revealing exactly how it operates. We learn, for instance, that we use language in chunks of words--as one linguist put it, "we know words by the company that they keep." For instance, the word quintessentially is joined half the time with a nationality--something is "quintessentially American" or "quintessentially British." Using such observations, Butterfield explains how dictionary makers decide which words to include, how they find definitions, and how the Corpus influences the process. Covering all areas of English, from spelling and idioms to the future of English, and with entertaining examples and useful charts throughout, this compelling and lively book will delight word lovers everywhere. - Publisher
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
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Butterfield, Jeremy
Dewey number
412
Index
index present
LC call number
PE1575
LC item number
.B88 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
Label
Damp squid : the English language laid bare, Jeremy Butterfield
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 166-174) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A sea change: the corpus -- Size matters: how many words? -- Your Roman-Saxon-Danish-Norman English: where do words come from? -- Beware of heard: why spelling wobbles -- Which is to be master? meaning in context -- Words of a feather: word groupings -- Cats and dogs: idiomatic phrases -- Grammar that can govern even kings: what do we mean by grammar? -- Style wars: usages people hate
Control code
ocn373478902
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
179 pages
Isbn
9780199574094
Lccn
2009024511
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Damp squid : the English language laid bare, Jeremy Butterfield
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 166-174) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A sea change: the corpus -- Size matters: how many words? -- Your Roman-Saxon-Danish-Norman English: where do words come from? -- Beware of heard: why spelling wobbles -- Which is to be master? meaning in context -- Words of a feather: word groupings -- Cats and dogs: idiomatic phrases -- Grammar that can govern even kings: what do we mean by grammar? -- Style wars: usages people hate
Control code
ocn373478902
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
179 pages
Isbn
9780199574094
Lccn
2009024511
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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