The Oxford Handbook of the Word by John R. TaylorThe Oxford Handbook of the Word by John R. Taylor

The Oxford Handbook of the Word

EditorJohn R. Taylor

Paperback | September 16, 2017

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This handbook addresses words in all their multifarious aspects and brings together scholars from every relevant discipline to do so. The many subjects covered include word frequencies; sounds and sound symbolism; the structure of words; taboo words; lexical borrowing; words in dictionariesand thesauri; word origins and change; place and personal names; nicknames; taxonomies; word acquisition and bilingualism; words in the mind; word disorders; and word games, puns, and puzzles. Words are the most basic of all linguistic units, the aspect of language of which everyone is likely to be most conscious. A "new" word that makes it into the OED is prime news; when baby says its first word its parents reckon it has started to speak; knowing a language is often taken to meanknowing its words; and languages are seen to be related by the similarities between their words. Up to the twentieth century linguistic description was mainly an account of words and all the current subdivisions of linguistics have something to say about them. A notable feature of human languages isthe sheer vastness of their word inventories, and scholars and writers have sometimes deliberately increased the richness of their languages by coining or importing new items into their word-hoards. The book presents scholarship and research in a manner that meets the interests of students andprofessionals and satisfies the curiosity of the educated reader.
John R. Taylor obtained his PhD in 1979 and was Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Otago until his retirement in 2010. He is the author of Possessives in English (1996), Cognitive Grammar (2002), Linguistic Categorization (3rd edition 2003), and The Mental Corpus (2012; paperback 2014), all published by Oxford Universi...
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Title:The Oxford Handbook of the WordFormat:PaperbackDimensions:894 pagesPublished:September 16, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPART I WORDS: GENERAL ASPECTS1. David Crystal: The lure of words2. Adam Kilgarriff: How many words are there?3. Marc Alexander: Words and dictionaries4. Christian Kay: Words and thesauri5. Joseph Sorell: Word frequencies6. Peter Gryzbek: Word length7. Rosamund Moon: Multi-word items8. Michael Hoey: Words and their neighboursPART II WORDS AND LINGUISTIC THEORY9. Geert E. Booij: The structure of words10. Mark C. Smith: Word categories11. Nikolas Gisborne: The word and syntax12. Kristine A. Hildebrandt: The prosodic word13. Andrew Hippisley: The word as a universal category14. Kate Burridge: Taboo words15. G. Tucker Childs: Sound symbolismPART III MEANINGS, REFERENTS, AND CONCEPTS16. Nick Riemer: Word meaning17. Barbara C. Malt: Words as names for objects, actions, relations, and properties18. Marie-Claude L'Homme: Terminologies and taxonomies19. Christiane Fellbaum: Lexical relations20. Asifa Majid: Comparing lexicons cross-linguistically21. Cliff Goddard: Words as carriers of cultural meaningPART IV WORDS IN TIME AND SPACE22. Philip Durkin: Etymology23. Dirk Geeraerts: How words and vocabularies change24. Anthony P. Grant: Lexical borrowing25. Margaret E. Winters: Lexical layersPART V WORDS IN THE MIND26. Simon de Deyne and Gert Storms: Word associations27. Niels O. Schiller and Rinus G. Verdonschot: Accessing words from the mental lexicon28. John N. Williams: The bilingual lexicon29. Dennis Tay: Words and neuropsychological disordersPART VI WORDS IN ACQUISITION LEARNING30. Eve V. Clark: First words31. Katharine Graf Estes: How infants find words32. Reese M. Heitner: Roger Brown's 'original word game'33. Paul Nation: Which words do you need?34. Frank Boers: Words in second language learning and teachingPART VII NAMES35. John M. Anderson: Names36. Benjamin Blount: Personal names37. Carole Hough: Place and other names38. Robert Kennedy: Nicknames39. Cynthia Whissell: Choosing a name: how name givers' feelings influence their selectionsPART VIII FUN WITH WORDS40. Victor Raskin: Funny words: verbal humour41. Henk J. Verkuyl: Word puzzlesA FINAL WORD42. Alison Wray: Why are we so sure we know what a word is?ReferencesIndex of LanguagesSubject Index