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3. Craft

3. Craft  

Lynda Mugglestone

in Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777639
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10.1093/actrade/9780199573790.003.0003
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Dictionaries, at their most basic, consist of a list of words and meanings. ‘Craft’ shows that how this list is compiled, and meaning subsequently analysed, varies considerably. Johnson's ... More
1. Identity

1. Identity  

Lynda Mugglestone

in Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777639
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10.1093/actrade/9780199573790.003.0001
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9780199573790
‘Identity’ makes the point that dictionaries are popularly seen in terms of constraint and regulation, defending rather than describing the language. Instead, they profoundly engage with ... More
4. Authority

4. Authority  

Lynda Mugglestone

in Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777639
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10.1093/actrade/9780199573790.003.0004
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‘Authority’ examines the narratives of legitimation entrenched in popular attitudes towards dictionaries. They are often constructed as gatekeepers, selectively admitting words because they ... More
2. History

2. History  

Lynda Mugglestone

in Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777639
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199573790.003.0002
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From a global perspective, the history of dictionaries spans thousands of years. Long before printing, scribal culture engaged with the various ways in which the knowledge of words might be ... More
6. Last words

6. Last words  

Lynda Mugglestone

in Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777639
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199573790.003.0006
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9780199573790
Modern dictionaries (and dictionary-making) are widely affected by the digital revolution. How the dictionary is to be used, as well as how it is to be written, and by whom, emerge as new ... More
Curtain raiser

Curtain raiser  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778131
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0001
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9780199601714
What does comedy mean? In Plato's Philebus, Socrates speaks of comedy ‘not only on the stage, but on the greater stage of human life; and so in endless other cases’. This isn't very helpful ... More
2. Getting physical

2. Getting physical  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778131
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0003
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There is one word that is always associated with comedy: laughter. What does laughter do to us? ‘Getting physical’ considers comedy as a mode through which we organize our knowledge of the ... More
8. The lexicography of slang: slang’s dictionaries

8. The lexicography of slang: slang’s dictionaries  

Jonathon Green

in Slang: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2016
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Feb 2016
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9780191796418
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198729532.003.0008
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9780198729532
‘The lexicography of slang: slang’s dictionaries’ considers the slang-related texts that make up the slang lexicographical ‘canon’. Traditional English-language slang lexicography can be ... More
5. Truth

5. Truth  

Lynda Mugglestone

in Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777639
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199573790.003.0005
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9780199573790
That dictionaries engage with truth is a commonplace in the history of lexicography. ‘Truth’ shows how difficult that quality can be to achieve. Factual errors can be revealed in relatively ... More
Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction

Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction  

Lynda Mugglestone

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777639
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199573790.001.0001
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book
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9780199573790
Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction demonstrates that dictionaries are not merely works which list the words and meanings of a language. They are human products, reflecting ... More
The English Language: A Very Short Introduction

The English Language: A Very Short Introduction  

Simon Horobin

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Jan 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780191785443
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198709251.001.0001
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9780198709251
The English language is spoken by more than a billion people throughout the world. But where did English come from? And how has it evolved into the language used today? The English ... More
3. Authorities

3. Authorities  

Simon Horobin

in The English Language: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780191785443
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198709251.003.0003
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9780198709251
‘Authorities’ considers how the rules of usage are established. It first describes the role of dictionaries, frequently held to be the ultimate authority. It then discusses linguistic ... More
2. ‘Slang’ as a linguistic register

2. ‘Slang’ as a linguistic register  

Jonathon Green

in Slang: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2016
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Feb 2016
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9780191796418
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198729532.003.0002
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9780198729532
‘“Slang” as a linguistic register’ considers the definitions of slang and asks what qualifies as slang and what does not. Slang indicates a marginal, contrarian lexis, created and largely ... More
7. Recording slang

7. Recording slang  

Jonathon Green

in Slang: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2016
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Feb 2016
eISBN: 
9780191796418
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198729532.003.0007
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9780198729532
‘Recording slang’ considers the defining of slang terms, the spelling of slang, the dating of slang terms, and the pronunciation of slang. What does a slang term mean? The answer is often ... More
9. The future of slang

9. The future of slang  

Jonathon Green

in Slang: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2016
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Feb 2016
eISBN: 
9780191796418
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198729532.003.0009
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9780198729532
Slang’s future is interwoven with our new connected, digitized world. ‘The future of slang’ asks if we are, any longer, able safely to talk of ‘slang’ as a discrete language group, or are ... More
3. Presenting language

3. Presenting language  

Paul Luna

in Typography: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2018
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Nov 2018
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9780191796739
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199211296.003.0003
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9780199211296
‘Presenting language’ considers the visual presentation of language. Using the schema developed by Michael Twyman, it shows how graphic language can be presented by considering the method ... More
Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

Comedy: A Very Short Introduction  

Matthew Bevis

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778131
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.001.0001
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9780199601714
Comedy: A Very Short Introduction studies written forms of comedy such as prose fiction, poetry, caricatures, and cartoons. There are also performance forms of comedy such as ... More
2. Beats, beatniks, bohemians, and all that jazz

2. Beats, beatniks, bohemians, and all that jazz  

David Sterritt

in The Beats: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2013
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365890
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199796779.003.0002
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9780199796779
Where does the term ‘beat’ come from? Jack Kerouac gave the term, which possibly dates back to the Civil War, its most enduring meaning. ‘Beats, beatniks, bohemians, and all that jazz’ ... More

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