Living Words: Language, Lexicography and the Knowledge Revolution (Paperback)
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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.
About the Author
Tom McArthur is an independent writer, editor, consultant and broadcaster, and editor of English Today: the international review of the English language, the quarterly review published by Cambridge University Press. He is Deputy Director of the Dictionary Research Centre and Honorary University Fellow at the University of Exeter, and General Editor with R.R.K. Hartmann of the series Exeter Language and Lexicography. He has published over 20 books and is the editor of The Oxford Companion to the English Language.
“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
— International Journal of Lexicography