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Published: 15 October 2014

304 Pages

8.5 x 5.3 inches

ISBN: 9780199680474

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Words in Time and Place

Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

David Crystal

  • Focuses on fifteen universal themes: words for dying, words for nose, words for being drunk, words for a meal, words for a privy, words for a fool, words of endearment, words for oaths, words for inns and hotels, words for a prostitute, words for money, words for calm and stormy weather, words for old person, words for types of pop music, and words for spacecraft
  • Each chapter takes the reader through the timeline of words for each topic starting with the earliest words in English and discusses which words appeared when and why, and what that tells us about the language of that semantic field
  • Based on the highly acclaimed Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary
  • Written by the world's leading authority on the English language, Professor David Crystal, author of over 100 books on the English language
  • Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way
  • Useful supplementary material includes a list of symbols and abbreviations, a glossary of linguistic terms, a section on further reading and sources, as well chronological indexes of words, people, and general topics