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

Hardcover | July 25, 2015

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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 Univers...
Title:The Oxford Handbook of the WordFormat:HardcoverDimensions:896 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 2.19 inPublished:July 25, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199641609

ISBN - 13:9780199641604


Table of Contents

Introduction1. David Crystal: The lure of words2. Adam Kilgarriff: How many words are there?3. Marc Alexander: Dictionaries4. Christian Kay: Words and thesauri5. Joseph Sorell: Word frequencies6. Peter Gryzbek: Word length7. Paul Nation: Which words do you need?8. Frank Boers: Words in second language learning and teaching9. Geert Booij: The structure of words10. Mark Smith: Word categories11. Nik Gisborne: Words as grammatical units12. Kristine Hildebrand: Words as phonological units13. Andrew Hippisley: The word as a universal category14. Nick Riemer: Word meaning15. Barbara Malt: Words as names of categories16. Marie-Claude L'Homme: Terminologies and taxonomies17. Christiane Fellbaum: Lexical relations18. Asifa Majid: Comparing lexicons cross-linguistically19. Cliff Goddard: Words as carriers of cultural meaning20. Rosamund Moon: Multi-word idioms21. Michael Hoey: Words and their neighbours22. Kate Burridge: Taboo words23. Tucker Childs: Sound symbolism24. Philip Durkin: Etymology25. Dirk Geeraerts: How words (and vocabularies) change26. Anthony Grant: Borrowing words27. Margaret Winters: Lexical layers28. Simon de Deyne and Gert Storms: Word associations29. Niels O. Schiller and Rinus Verdonschot: Accessing words30. John Williams: The bilingual lexicon31. Eve V. Clark: First words32. Katharine Graf-Estes: How infants find words33. Reese Heitner: Roger Brown's 'original word game'34. John M. Anderson: Names35. Benjamin Blount: Personal names36. Carole Hough: Place and other names37. Robert Kennedy: Nicknames38. Cynthia Whissell: Choosing a name: How name givers' feelings influence name selection39. Dennis Tay: Words and neuropsychological disorders40. Victor Raskin: Verbal humour41. Henk Verkuyl: Word puzzles42. Alison Wray?: Do words exist? And if not, why do we believe that they do?