Review by Choice Review
Until publication of this work, the only encyclopedia of language in English comparable in organization and breadth of coverage has been Oswald Ducrot's Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Sciences of Language (CH, Nov '79), a translation from the French. This work is more accessible and attractive to nonspecialists. Crystal (well-known as a writer of other books on linguistics), working with an international team of editorial advisors, has put together a very readable and scholarly book. A wealth of pictures, examples, diagrams, illustrations, maps, and figures enhance the text and encourage browsing. The book's 11 parts have 65 thematic sections. The sections are complete in themselves, with cross-references to related sections. Eight appendixes include: a glossary of specialized language terms; special symbols and abbreviations used; table of the world's languages; notes for further reading; bibliography for all works cited in the body of the text; index of languages, families, dialects and scripts; index of authors and personalities; and an index of topics. References cited are as current as 1986. An important book that belongs in all academic and larger public libraries.-A. DeMiller, Colorado State University
Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
Review by Library Journal Review
This is a collection of concise and readable essays on the many subfields of linguistics, ranging from the invention of the alphabet to the Kurzweil Reading Machine and covering both theoretical and applied approaches to the subject. Numerous illustrations and charts make the text more vivid, and a glossary, a table of the world's languages, and several indexes make it eminently usable. Respected British linguist Crystal has done an admirable job of condensing information from many specialized fields into a form that will be intelligible to lay readers as well as linguists. Useful for public as well as academic libraries. Catherine V. von Schon, SUNY at Stony Brook Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.