By David Crystal
Infrequently has a publication so choked with exact and good researched genuine info been so greatly learn and popularly acclaimed. This moment variation of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language has been totally revised for a brand new new release of language-lovers. The e-book is longer and comprises vast new fabric on international English and net English, as well as thoroughly up-to-date statistics, additional studying feedback and different references. First variation Hb (1995): 0-521-40179-8 First version Pb (1997): 0-521-59655-6 David Crystal is a number one authority on language, and writer of many books, together with so much lately Shakespeare's phrases (Penguin, 2002), Language and the web (Cambridge, 2001) and Language dying (Cambridge, 2000). An across the world popular author, magazine editor, lecturer and broadcaster, he acquired an Order of the British Empire in 1995 for his providers to the English language.
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Encyclopedia of English Language by David Crystal