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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary [Kindle Edition]

David Crystal
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Colourful phrases and expressive slang abound Writing Magazine Anyone interested in wordsand their origins will derive a great deal of pleasure from perusing this book. Network Review fascinating, erudite and highly entertaining Tablet, Matthew Adams Scholarly, yet in classic Crystal style, with the Monty Python Dead Parrot sketch serving to illustrate Anglo-Saxon defunctive synonymy, this is a serious yet accessible introduction to a supreme work of reference Good Book Guide beautifully written Annie Martirosyan, Huffington Post Blogs If you like the sound of being spliflicated, muckibus, pottical or swacked, David Crystal's Words in Time and Place is for you. Susie Dent, Books of the year 2014, Spectator It's the kind of book that you can browse through time and again and learn something new each time. This one is staying on my Kindle for good! Corinne Rodrigues, Write Tribe The book is a browser's delight. Michael Quinion, World Wide Words


Did you know that the English language has over 150 words for the adjective 'drunk' developed over 1,000 years? Be prepared to learn words you have never heard before, find out fascinating facts behind everyday words, and be surprised at how lively and varied the English language can be.

Published to critical acclaim in 2009, the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is the first comprehensive thesaurus in the world to arrange words by meaning in order of first recorded use. Using its unique perspective on how the English language has developed, Words in Time and Place takes 15 themes and explores the language in these areas over time - explaining when new words appeared, where they came from, and what such changes say about times in which they
emerged. The themes chosen are varied, universal topics and show the semantic range of the thesaurus and what it can tell us about the words used in areas of everyday life. Learn about the different words for dying and money, or types of pop music, as well as words for a privy, oaths, and words for being drunk.

Written by the world's leading expert on the English language, David Crystal, the book carries his trademark style of engaging yet authoritative writing. Each chapter features an introduction to the language of that topic, followed by a timeline of vocabulary taken from the historical thesaurus showing all the synonyms arranged in chronological order. The timelines are annotated with additional quotations, facts, and social and historical context to give a clear sense of how words entered the
English language, when, and in which context they were used.

Words in Time and Place showcases the unique and excellent resource that is the Historical Thesaurus and reveals the linguistic treasures to be found within. This fascinating book will appeal to anyone with an interest in words and in the development of the English language.


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Von Skids
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Can recomment this to anyone interested in language, linguistics and/or teaching.
Delivery etc. great. Just love David Crystal- he's one of my favourite philologists.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The English Language -- Making it Up as We Go 28. August 2014
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For me, the moment was in about 1970. A cowboy on a TV show that took place in the Wild West was saddling up to join in the chase for a desperado. As he jumped on his horse, the sheriff shouted for him to double back yonder and head the culprit off at the pass. "Right on!" the cowboy responded, riding off in a cloud of dust.

Even as a youngster, I knew that wasn't right. The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary could have prevented such a glaring anachronism. In his new book, Words in Time and Place, linguist David Crystal has chosen fifteen entries from the newly released HTOED and shows how the words used to talk about money and death and being drunk and twelve other subjects have changed over the centuries.

While guiding us through the chronological entries, Crystal describes how linguists, etymologists, lexicographers, and taxonomists have turned a vast amount of detective work and research into an amazingly comprehensive record of how English has changed over its life. But this is only a record of written language and we don't (and probably can't) really know how much that differed from spoken language. Also, many of the citations Crystal mentions from the Historical Thesaurus are single instances of the use of a word. It's hard to know whether a single written usage was a lucky capturing of a more commonly used spoken phrase, or just a writer making up a word for the occasion, as Lewis Carroll liked to do (e.g. bandersnatch, snively).

Words in Time and Place is a great browsing book, and every few pages, it seems there's an entry that sparks more questions about how language was used, how language changes, and how linguists record and analyze usage.

(Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital review copy.)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Five stars 5. Dezember 2014
Von Annie Martirosyan - Veröffentlicht auf
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HTOED is a monumental work that extends the semantic possibilities of Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Crystal's book is an introduction to HTOED but it can be well read as a book in its own right. He selects 15 semantic fields which are as comprehensively representative of aspects and concepts of our life as possible. The linguistic and extralinguistic differences between these fields are often striking and Crystal's subsequent explanations and inferences truly engaging.

The most obvious difference between a dictionary and thesaurus perhaps lies in the attitudes and connotations that emerge in a thesaurus work. Such encyclopedic and pragmatic nuances are not easily noticeable in the dictionary due to the alphabetical layout where members of a semantic field may live miles from each other. In the thesaurus, however, you can observe the relationship between the words in a semantic field. For instance, Crystal points out the gender stereotypes in words for "old person"; the words with negative connotations mostly refer to women.

The words for "types of pop music" are difficult to classify at all as new genres spring up daily, as Crystal writes. Some of the semantic fields, like the one of words for "inns and hotels", provide a fascinating insight into the social landscape of earlier centuries as many words have shifted their meanings today. Words for "money", similarly, open a window into the past, especially where pecuniary values were often measured by other goods (fee, for instance, used to mean "livestock"!). Words for "privy" and "being drunk" illustrate the highly imaginative linguistic creativity to refer to the loo and Friday nights..., respectively. The semantic field of words for "dying", on the contrary, displays solemn neutrality and relative literalness.

Crystal presents each semantic field in a timeline which allows following the chronological development of the words; where relevant, he subclassifies the categories in the timeline. A map is drawn for each semantic field and its presence at the end rather than at the beginning of the chapters helps to see and sum up for oneself the semantic field in its integrity and in relation to our life.

I highly recommend the book. For ful review see HuffPost UK.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A detectivesque history of the slang in the English Language 5. November 2014
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This is an amazing and very interesting book, though not to devour it as if it was a thriller, at least not for me.

The author has made an impressive job, researching and gathering the work of linguists, lexicographers and other language specialists who have been following the evolution of the English Language.

This is what the book is about, telling us how different words (and its meaning) have metamorphosed (Yes, I think this is the right word to describe the process) over the years and centuries using a variety of styles, slangs and metaphors. These witty euphemisms has been borrowed from different sources along the way, like new and popular books, speeches, folk culture, plays and so on.

The author lists several of these euphemisms for words like dead, darling, money, drunk, prostitute, etc. It is not the diversity of "synonyms" and expressions what makes this book interesting, but the detectivesque history behind each one.

I think this is the kind of book that one wants to relish slowly and return to it once in a while as reference and amusement. And why not to enjoy it with a good scrabble game?
4.0 von 5 Sternen The author makes this a rich work that avoids being dry and yet never once loses a bit of what for me was a wonderful academic v 20. April 2015
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Crystal puts forth another book on words that is informative and witty and definitely will give one's vocabulary a bit of a work out.

What makes this work so well as reading material and not just reference is Crystal's legwork on exploring and revealing the history behind such words and their synonyms. The author makes this a rich work that avoids being dry and yet never once loses a bit of what for me was a wonderful academic value.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen With me one word led to another and I had ... 10. Oktober 2014
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With me one word led to another and I had to force myself just to read
a little bit each day. I will return to it over and over again. It is a reference book to be treasured.
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