21 December 2008

English Language Today

Truth be told, this is quite an advanced book on language written from deep within the research vaults of the English linguistic history, but it's written in a language that most people will be able to understand. Behind the apparently frivolous and amusing selection of examples, Jeremy Butterfield is offering a serious update on how lexicography is conducted in the digital age. Dictionaries are no longer constructed from contributions handed in on slips of paper by enthusiastic amateurs: they are compiled by software programs crunching vast stockpiles of words stored in databases - known as the 'corpus'. This is a collection of examples of how the English language is actually being used, drawn from the printed word - from literary novels and specialist journals to everyday newspapers and magazines, and from Hansard to the language of chatrooms, emails, and weblogs... Read more >>

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