English Vocabulary, The Basics

by Michael McCarthy
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Series: The Basics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 186
Published: 14th December 2022
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.2

English Vocabulary: The Basics offers a clear, non-jargonistic introduction to English vocabulary, the way linguists classify and explain it, and the place of vocabulary in our overall picture of the language, and in society. Introducing a range of terminology for discussing vocabulary, the reader is provided with a coherent, structured description of what we know about words and their meanings.

Key features of this book include:

  • Analysis of historical roots of present-day words
  • Coverage of the differences between speech and writing and between formality and informality
  • Understanding of the social implications of choices that readers make to use standard or non-standard (e.g., regional/dialect) vocabulary
  • A focus on British English with reference to a wide range of varieties of English that include North American English, Irish English, Indian English, Malaysian English, Nigerian English and Caribbean English.

Featuring a glossary of key terms, cartoons and illustrations, further reading, reflection points, interesting "factoids" and examples from corpora from around the world, this book is an engaging and thought-provoking read for anyone with an interest in English vocabulary.

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