Oxford A Z of English Usage

This handy guide provides crystal-clear help with writing correctly and appropriately in everyday situations.

Author: Jeremy Butterfield

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199652457

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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This handy guide provides crystal-clear help with writing correctly and appropriately in everyday situations. Arranged alphabetically, the book contains concise entries with guidance on individual words and phrases, and longer entries on broader topics such as overused words, bullet points, and avoiding sexist language.

Oxford A Z of Grammar and Punctuation

This work provides the basic information about grammar and punctuation that people need on a day-to-day basis. Arranged A to Z, it contains entries for standard grammatical terms as well as dealing with specific questions of usage.

Author: John Seely

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199669189

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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Including examples of real usage, this handy volume provides clear information about grammar and punctuation that we need on a day-to-day basis in over 300 entries.Revised and updated, The Oxford A-Z of Grammar and Punctuation offers accessible and coherent explanations across a broad range of topics, and is the first port of call for any reader seeking clear, authoritative help with grammar and punctuation. Both easy to use andcomprehensive, it is an essential tool for writing at home, in the office, at school, and at college.

Fowler s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Real examples are drawn from OUP's vast database of classic and contemporary literary sources, newspapers and magazines, and the Internet. Jeremy Butterfield has judiciously revised the text to reflect the English usage practices and con

Author: Jeremy Butterfield

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191062308

Category: Reference

Page: 688

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Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage is an invaluable reference work that offers the best advice on English usage. Known in previous editions as the 'Pocket Fowler', this third edition is a descendant of the original 1926 edition of A Dictionary of Modern English Usage by Henry Fowler. Based on the unrivalled evidence and research of the Oxford Languages Programme, the new edition answers your most frequently asked questions about language use. Should you use a split infinitive, or a preposition at the end of a sentence? Is it infer or imply? Who or whom? What are the main differences between British and American English? Over 4,000 entries offer clear recommendations on issues of grammar, pronunciation, spelling, confusable words, and written style. Real examples are drawn from OUP's vast database of classic and contemporary literary sources, newspapers and magazines, and the Internet. Jeremy Butterfield has judiciously revised the text to reflect the English usage practices and con

Fowler s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Why literally shouldn't be taken literally. Why Americans think home in on something is a mistake and Brits think hone in is. Is it OK to spell OK okay? What's wrong with hence why? Was Alanis Morrisette ever ironic?

Author: Jeremy Butterfield

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191064944

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Why literally shouldn't be taken literally. Why Americans think home in on something is a mistake and Brits think hone in is. Is it OK to spell OK okay? What's wrong with hence why? Was Alanis Morrisette ever ironic? Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage is the world-famous guide to English usage, loved and used by writers, editors, and anyone who values correct English since it first appeared in 1926. Fowler's gives comprehensive and practical advice on complex points of grammar, syntax, punctuation, style, and word choice. Now enlarged and completely revised to reflect English usage in the 21st century, it provides a crystal-clear, authoritative picture of the English we use, while illuminating scores of usage questions old and new. International in scope, it gives in-depth coverage of both British and American English usage issues, with reference also to the English of Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, and South Africa. The thousands of authentic examples in the book vividly demonstrate how modern writers tackls debated usage issues. They come on the one hand from established literary figures such as Chinua Achebe, Peter Ackroyd, Raymond Carver, Iris Murdoch, Harold Pinter, and Vikram Seth. On the other, they are drawn from a vast range of newspapers, journals, books, broadcast material, websites, and other digital sources from across the globe, and include references to topical personalities such as Stephen Fry, Prince Harry, Jeremy Paxman, and Wayne Rooney. Based on the evidence and research of the Oxford Dictionaries Programme, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to usage available.

Practical English Usage

Practical English Usage answers the questions that teachers and learners ask about English grammar and vocabulary, using clear corpus-informed explanations and examples.

Author: Michael Swan

Publisher:

ISBN: 0194202461

Category:

Page: 768

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Fully revised and updated, and now available online and in print.

The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar

This second edition is written and edited by Professor Bas Aarts of University College London, writer of the acclaimed Oxford Modern English Grammar.

Author: Bas Aarts

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191079009

Category: Reference

Page: 464

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The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar is a straightforward and accessible A-Z guide to the diverse and often complex terminology of English grammar. It contains over 1,600 entries with clear and concise definitions, enhanced by numerous example sentences, as well as relevant quotations from the scholarly literature of the field. This second edition is written and edited by Professor Bas Aarts of University College London, writer of the acclaimed Oxford Modern English Grammar. It has been fully revised and updated, with particular attention paid to refreshing the example sentences included within the text. There are over 150 new entries that cover current terminology which has arisen since the publication of the first edition, and there are also new entries on the most important English grammars published since the start of the 20th century. Hundreds of new cross-references enhance the user-friendly nature of the text, and the list of works cited has been thoroughly updated to reflect the current state of the field. A short appendix of web links has been added. All in all, this Dictionary is an invaluable guide to English grammar for all students and teachers of the subject, as well as all those with an informed interest in the English language.

Damp Squid

And what does this all mean for dictionary-making in the 21st century? This entertaining book has the up-to-date and authoritative answers to all the key questions about our language.

Author: Jeremy Butterfield

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191608179

Category: Reference

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How many words are there in the English language and where were they born? Why does spelling 'wobble' and why do meanings change? How do words behave towards each other - and how do we behave towards words? And what does this all mean for dictionary-making in the 21st century? This entertaining book has the up-to-date and authoritative answers to all the key questions about our language. Using evidence provided by the world's largest language databank, the Oxford English Corpus, Butterfield exposes the English language's peculiarities and penchants, its development and difficulties, revealing exactly how it operates. Interpolating his expert knowledge of dictionary-making, Butterfield explains how dictionaries decide which words to include, how they find definitions, and how a Corpus influences the process. Whether you are happy to give the language free rein (free reign?), or whether you are more straight-laced (strait-laced?) when it comes to change, you will be amazed at what is revealed when the English language goes buck naked. (Or should that be butt naked?)

English Usage Guides

Oxford A-Z of English Usage. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Butterfield, Jeremy. 2015. Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage, 4th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bybee, Joan. 1985. Morphology: A Study of the Relationship ...

Author: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198808206

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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This volume explores both historical and current issues in English usage guides or style manuals. Guides of this sort have a long history: while Fowler's Modern English Usage (1926) is one of the best known, the first English usage guide was published in the UK in 1770, and the first in the US in 1847. Today, new titles come out nearly every year, while older works are revised and reissued. Remarkably, however, the kind of usage problems that have been addressed over the years are very much the same, and attitudes towards them are slow to change - but they do change. The chapters in this book look at how and why these guides are compiled, and by whom; what sort of advice they contain; how they differ from grammars and dictionaries; how attitudes to usage change; and why institutions such as the BBC need their own style guide. The volume will appeal not only to researchers and students in sociolinguistics, but also to general readers with an interest in questions of usage and prescriptivism, language professionals such as teachers and editors, and language policy makers.

Dynamics of Language Changes

The Essential Guide to English Usage. 2nd edn. London: Chancellor Press. Batko, A. (2004). When Bad Grammar Happens to Good People: How to Avoid Common Errors in English. Franklin Lakes, NJ: Career Press ... Oxford A-Z of English Usage.

Author: Keith Allan

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811564307

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 289

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This book explores the dynamics of language changes from sociolinguistic and historical linguistic perspectives. With in-depth case studies from all around the world, it uses diverse approaches across sociolinguistics and historical linguistics to answer questions such as: How and why do language changes begin?; how do language changes spread?; and how can they ultimately be explained? Each chapter explores a different component of language change, including typology, syntax, morphology, phonology, semantics, lexicology, discourse strategies, diachronic change, synchronic change, how the deafblind modify sign language, and the accommodation of language to song. This book presents a comprehensive analysis of the dynamics of language change over time, simultaneously advancing current research and suggesting new directions in sociolinguistic and historical linguistic approaches.

Processes of Change

Good English! 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Burchfield, Robert. 1996. Fowler's Modern English usage. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Butterfield, Jeremy (ed.). 2007. Oxford A-Z of English usage.

Author: Sandra Jansen

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027262103

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 263

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The present volume brings together leading scholars studying language change from a variety of sociolinguistic perspectives, complementing and enriching the existing literature by providing readers with a kaleidoscopic perspective of aspects of change in English from around 1700 until the present day. The volume presents a collection of in-depth studies on a broad spectrum of phonetic, lexical, grammatical and discourse variation, drawing on historical corpora, dictionaries, metalinguistic commentary, ego-documents, spoken language and survey data. Apart from advancing our knowledge of processes of language change in varieties of English, including British English, Irish English, Australian English, South African English, American English and Canadian English, the individual chapters contribute to the theoretical debates on variation and change in Late Modern as well as Present-day English.

Standardising English

Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Amis, K. (1997). The King's English: A Guide to Modern Usage, London: Harper Collins Publishers. ... Oxford A-Z of English Usage, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Author: Linda Pillière

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108126090

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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This path-breaking study of the standardisation of English goes well beyond the traditional prescriptivism versus descriptivism debate. It argues that the way norms are established and enforced is the result of a complex network of social factors and cannot be explained simply by appeals to power and hegemony. It brings together insights from leading researchers to re-centre the discussion on linguistic communities and language users. It examines the philosophy underlying the urge to standardise language, and takes a closer look at both well-known and lesser-known historical dictionaries, grammars and usage guides, demonstrating that they cannot be simply labelled as 'prescriptivist'. Drawing on rich empirical data and case studies, it shows how the norm continues to function in society, influencing and affecting language users even today.

The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style

The basic grammar, punctuation, spelling, and idiomatic phrases of American English are covered in this witty but concise guide to usage and style in the U.S. version of the language. Original.

Author: Bryan A. Garner

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UOM:39015047737930

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 360

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The basic grammar, punctuation, spelling, and idiomatic phrases of American English are covered in this witty but concise guide to usage and style in the U.S. version of the language. Original.

OXFORD DIC ENGLISH GRAMMAR P

English grammar has changed a great deal since the beginning of the Twentieth Century, and it is a subject that can provide a complex minefield of uncertainties within the language.

Author: Sylvia Chalker

Publisher: OXFORD University Press

ISBN: 9780192800879

Category: Reference

Page: 448

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An A-Z of 1,000 English grammatical terms, including current mainstream terminology, older, traditional and many new, controversial terms plus coverage of wider linguistics items. Concise definitions are accompanied by more detailed explanations with examples of usage and many quotations from grammar books. Now available in paperback this book should be found on the shelves of all those with an interest in the English language

The Oxford School A Z of English

An alphabetically arranged reference tool to answer questions about confused and misused words, spelling, usage, pronunciation, grammar, puncuation and British and American English.

Author: John Ayto

Publisher:

ISBN: 0199103089

Category: English language

Page: 316

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Effective Writing Skills for Public Relations

... 18, 54, 152 New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors 54, 152, 154 news stories accuracy 131 clichés 132 grammar ... 21 Overseas News Service 134 Oxford A-Z of English Usage 1, 18, 19, 159, 249 Oxford A-Z of Spoken English 169 ...

Author: John Foster

Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers

ISBN: 9780749454456

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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Effective Writing Skills for Public Relations is a valuable reference source on the basics of style and presentation with helpful hints on making the best use of written communication. It advises on how to write concisely using jargon-free language whilst avoiding overused words and phrases. There is guidance on policing house style with emphasis on consistency and advice on punctuation, headlines and captions. As well as this there are tips on what makes a good press release and how to use effective design and layout to produce easy to read text. Readers will also find help on public speaking, pronunciation and the standard writing skills needed in the office. This fourth edition includes new sections on website content and design, legal issues in websites and emails, what journalists look for in company websites, meeting the needs of your target audience, controlling and getting the best out of emails, writing and designing ezines, setting up online media centres and comparing Video News Releases with B-rolls of roughly edited footage. Standard proof correction marks are included together with a glossary of terms. This is an essential hands-on practical guide for anyone earning a living through the written or spoken word.

English An Essential Grammar

Chalker, Sylvia and Edmund Weiner (1998) The Oxford dictionary of English grammar. ... Greenbaum, Sidney and Edmund Weiner (2000) The Oxford reference grammar. ... Seely, John (2007) Oxford AZ of grammar and punctuation.

Author: Gerald Nelson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136954979

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 182

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English: An Essential Grammar is a concise and user-friendly guide to the grammar of modern English, written specifically for native speakers and based on genuine samples of contemporary spoken and written English. In the first four chapters, this book covers the essentials of English grammar, beginning with the basics and going on to deal with phrase, clause and sentence structure. A fifth chapter deals with English word formation and spelling, including problem spellings and British and American spelling variants. Features include: discussion of points that often cause problems guidance on sentence building and composition practical spelling guidelines explanation of grammatical terms a set of exercises at the end of each chapter appendix of irregular verbs. With numerous language examples bringing grammar to life, this Essential Grammar will help you read, speak and write English with greater confidence. It is ideal for everyone who would like to improve their knowledge of English grammar. Gerald Nelson is Professor in the English Department at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and formerly Reader in the Department of English Language and Literature, University College London, UK.

Oxford English Hindi Dictionary

With over 25,000 words and phrases, the Oxford English-Hindi Dictionary offers comprehensive coverage of everyday vocabulary.

Author: Oxford Dictionaries Staff

Publisher:

ISBN: 019947222X

Category: English language

Page: 816

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This dictionary contains more than 25,000 headwords and derivatives along with related phrases and idioms. Like our other Bilingual Dictionaries, this has been specially compiled for learners of English, students, professionals and general readers. * Contains frequently used words from current use.* Provides detailed grammatical information especially on irregular nouns, verbs and adjectives.* Gives pronunciation in easy-to-understand format.* Provides variant and alternative spellings.* Gives pronunciation in an easy-to-understand format.* Provides detailed definitions and synonyms in Hindi.* Includes numerous examples of usage from authoritative sources which help to learn how a particular word is used.* Includes useful appendices on Roman numerals, weights and measures, and chemical elements.

Semantic Plurality

The Grammar of English Grammars, with an Introduction, Historical and Critical; the Whole Methodically Arranged and Amply Illustrated. 10th edn. New York: William Wood & Co. Butterfield, Jeremy. 2013. The Oxford A-Z of English Usage.

Author: Laure Gardelle

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027261748

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 215

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This monograph proposes a comparative approach to all the ways of denoting ‘more than one’ entity, from collective and aggregate nouns (with the first-ever typology), to count plurals, partly substantivised adjectives and conjoined NPs. This semantic feature approach to plurality, which cuts across number, the count/non-count distinction, and lexical/NP levels, reveals a very consistent Scale of Unit Integration, which establishes clear-cut boundaries for collective nouns, and accommodates cases such as three elephant, cattle or a chain of islands. The study also offers a refined understanding of aggregate nouns (a category nearly as large as that of collective nouns) and quantification in pseudo-partitives, develops Guillaume’s notion of ‘internal plurality’, and proposes the innovative concept of ‘hyperonyms of plural classes’ (e.g. furniture). The Animacy Hierarchy is also found to be influential, beyond hybrid agreement. The book aims to be accessible to scholars of any theoretical background interested in these topics.

An Introduction to English Grammar

Oxford: Clarendon Press. Gowers, Sir E. (1987) The Complete Plain Words, 3rd edn, revised by S. Greenbaum and J. Whitcut. London: Penguin. Leech, G., S. Conrad, and B. Cruikshank (2001) An A-Z of English Grammar and Usage. 2nd edn.

Author: Gerald Nelson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317518594

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 350

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An Introduction to English Grammar provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of English grammar. The first part of the book (‘The Grammar’) provides a step-by-step introduction to the key topics in English grammar. The second part (‘The Applications’) shows how a grasp of these topics can be helpful in resolving usage problems, in developing a clear writing style, and in mastering punctuation and spelling. A whole chapter, ‘English in Use’, is devoted to illustrating the grammatical features of a wide range of modern text types, including emails, Facebook pages, and ‘tweets’. It also looks at the special grammatical features of English in everyday conversation. Each chapter is followed by two sets of exercises. The first set can be used in self-study or in the classroom. The second set deals with more advanced topics, and can be used for classroom discussion or essay writing. This fourth edition has been fully revised and updated and includes: clearer descriptions and improved presentation new material on word structure and word formation new exercises, examples and extracts updated further reading Assuming no prior knowledge of English grammar, this book is ideal for beginning students on a one-semester course and provides everything a student needs on the theory and practice of English usage. A comprehensive Glossary of grammatical terms is included and a website provides invaluable additional exercises.