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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


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Title: ‘Quality’ problems
Author: Brian Poole
Linguistic Field: Semantics
Abstract: How the polysemous nature of the word quality can cause problems for readers of articles on quality assurance in higher education. Scholarly literature on quality assurance in higher education will always run the risk of confusing or repelling non-specialist readers. That is inevitable since, by its nature, such literature often uses technical jargon in dealing with abstract concepts. Yet, a further and more fundamental problem exists, one that may not always be recognized by writers in the field: namely, that the word quality itself has different senses, combines with other words, with unusual semantic effects, and can function both as a noun and an adjective. These factors combine to increase the possibility that general readers may misconstrue key points in texts about quality.

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This article appears IN English Today Vol. 21, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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