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Damp Squid By Jeremy Butterfield

Damp Squid
by Jeremy Butterfield

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Using evidence from the world's largest language databank, the Oxford English Corpus, Butterfield uncovers fascinating facts about the English language. Where does our vocabulary come from? How is our language really being used? How do word meanings change? This entertaining book has the authoritative answers to key questions about our language.
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Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare by Jeremy Butterfield

Using evidence provided by the world's largest language databank, the Oxford English Corpus, Butterfield uncovers 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. With over 2 billion words contained in the Oxford English Corpus, Butterfield takes a thorough look at the English language and exposes its peculiarities and penchants, its development and difficulties, revealing exactly how it operates. Interpolating his expert knowledge of dictionary-making, Butterfield explains how dictionaries decide which words to include, how they find definitions, and how a Corpus influences the process. Covering all areas of English, from spelling and speech to idioms and idiosyncrasies, including a thoughtful chapter about the future of English, and with entertaining examples and useful charts throughout, this compelling and lively book contains something for everyone.

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Damp Squid Reviews


`This book will be irresistible to those who would really like to find out how the English language is behaving. Clearly written and informative, it is a lively guide to that most creative and challenging language, English.' Alexander McCall Smith

About Jeremy Butterfield



Jeremy Butterfield is a freelance lexicographer who has contributed to many dictionary research programs. He is the author of the Oxford A to Z of English Usage. He lives in the UK.

Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION; 1. Word Use; 2. Word Origins; 3. Spelling; 4. Word Meanings; 5. Word Groupings; 6. Idioms, etc; 7. Grammar; 8. Usage; EPILOGUE

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GOR001622106
Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare by Jeremy Butterfield
Jeremy Butterfield
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Oxford University Press
2008-10-30
176
0199239061
9780199239061
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