Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780859896207 Published January 1998 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780859896115 Published January 1998 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Living Words

Language, Lexicography and the Knowledge Revolution

Tom McArthur

Living Words

Tom McArthur

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

304 pages | 9-8/10 x 6-1/2
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780859896207 Published January 1998 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780859896115 Published January 1998 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
In this unique and entertaining collection of articles, a noted scholar and compiler of key works of reference reflects on the nature of language, the art of lexicography and the breath-taking developments in communication, the media and information technology in the late twentieth century.
This book ranges widely over three main linked subjects:
 
- Language at large and in particular English, the most widely used language in the history of the world
- The art and study of dictionaries and reference science, embracing all past, present and potential reference materials-from the OED to the Yellow Pages
- The processes through which communication, information and knowledge have evolved-from cave art to the personal computer.
Contents
Foreword
Reinhard Hartmann

Introduction

Living words
1 Bagaba and carcari: or, the paradox at the heart of language
2 Rhythm, rhyme, and reason: the power of patterned sound
3 The power of words: pressure, prejudice, and politics in our vocabularies and dictionaries
4 The word word
5 The vocabulary-control movement in the English language, 1844-1953

Language
6 Wee Jimmy and the dugs: or, where do YOU stand in the classroom?
7 The usage industry
8 Problems of purism and usage in editing English Today
9 The pedigree of plain English
10 The printed word in the English-speaking world

Lexicography
11 The background and nature of ELT learners' dictionaries
12 Thematic lexicography
13 Reference materials and their formats
14 A mutually defining circle of words: some reflections on the making of the Longman Lexicon of Contemporary English
15 Culture-bound and trapped by technology: centuries of bias in the making of wordbooks
16 Guides to tomorrow's English: dictionaries for a universal language

The knowledge revolution
17 What then is reference science?
18 The scholarly guild
19 Knowledge, knowledge everywhere: the global library
20 Themes and dreams: the romance of the database
21 Representing knowledge for human consumption

Appendix
The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary of Language Teaching
Review Quotes
International Journal of Lexicography
“There are many valuable insights in this collection of papers . . . The articles in this collection will fascinate lexicographers.” –International Journal of Lexicography, Vol. 13, No 2, 2000
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