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by Robert Burchfield


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by Robert Burchfield (Author).

by Robert Burchfield (Author). He talks about what makes a word worthy of inclusion in the OED, about American vs. British English, and about various other dictionaries and guides to usage. Very specialized, but fun for word mavens.

Born in Whanganui, New Zealand, he studied at Wanganui Technical College and Victoria University in Wellington.

Though to extend the metaphor perhaps a bit too far, you might end up with a newfound appreciation for the lock. Burchfield was one of the 20th century’s most respected lexicographers.

He championed inclusivity when it came to taboo words and global varieties of English. The first four chapters are based on his T. S. Eliot Memorial Lectures, the next eight a variety of essays on grammar, vocabulary, and dictionary-making.

Originally published: Great Britain : Faber and Faber, 1989.

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ISBN13:9780374523398.

Served in New Zealand Army, 1941-1946. Fellow Institute Linguists; member American Academy Arts and Sciences, English Association (president 1978-1979), Early English Text Society (honorary secretary 1955-1968, member council 1968-1980).

Publisher: Cambridge University Press. Online publication date: March 2008. The southern part of the old county of Pembrokeshire has been Anglicised since medieval times.


Comments: (2)

Kendis
I would not say the connected essays in this volume 'unlock the English language'. But they do treat aspects of the English language that are worthy of treatment -- some more interestingly than others; on average, though, not all that interestingly. I have the deepest respect for Burchfield's lexicographic accomplishments. It is on account of that respect that I eagerly tore through his essays. The essays hint at what I imagine is a vast and deep knowledge, on the author's part, of the English language in its various guises across space and time. I'd love to learn more of what he knows -- I look forward, at the very least, to reading the prefatory materials in the OED. For all the author's obvious enthusiasm in his monumental task, though, the essays collected in UTEL are rather fusty, with only occasional flashes of eyebrow-raising insight. Overall, a bit of a yawner.
Stonewing
The author was for thirty years the editor of the Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary, and writes about the language from a lexicographer's viewpoint -- which means it is about words, words, words. He talks about what makes a word worthy of inclusion in the OED, about American vs. British English, and about various other dictionaries and guides to usage. Very specialized, but fun for word mavens.
Unlocking the English Language download epub
Words Language & Grammar
Author: Robert Burchfield
ISBN: 0571144160
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Words Language & Grammar
Language: English
Publisher: Faber & Faber, Incorporated; New Ed edition (1992)
Pages: 224 pages