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Linguistic Typology


Jae Jung Song

January 2018

Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics

This textbook provides a critical introduction to major research topics and current approaches in linguistic typology. It draws on a wide range of cross-linguistic data to describe what linguistic typology has revealed about language in general and about the rich variety of ways in which meaning and expression are achieved in the world's languages.

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Multilingualism: A Very Short Introduction


John C. Maher

May 2017

Very Short Introductions

John C. Maher explains why societies everywhere have become more multilingual, despite the disappearance of hundreds of the world languages. He considers our notion of language as national or cultural identities, and discusses why nations cluster and survive around particular languages even as some territories pursue autonomy or nationhood.

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Word and Paradigm Morphology


James P. Blevins

October 2016

This volume discusses the general perspectives on linguistic morphology offered by word and paradigm models. James Blevins places these models in the larger context of the lineage that extends from classical grammars to current information-theoretic and discriminative learning paradigms.

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Slang: A Very Short Introduction


Jonathon Green

February 2016

Very Short Introductions

What words qualify as slang? Should slang be acknowledged as a language in itself? And what does the digital revolution mean for the future of slang? In this Very Short Introduction, Jonathon Green addresses these questions, considering the etymology, dating, and spelling of the words that have invaded and shaped the English language.

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics

Third Edition


P. H. Matthews

March 2014

Oxford Quick Reference

This authoritative dictionary provides coverage across the field of linguistics, both the theoretical and the practical. In over 3,250 entries it clearly defines terms relating to phonetics, grammar, semantics, languages (spoken and written), dialects, and sociolinguistics.

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology


T. F. Hoad

June 1993

Oxford Quick Reference

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