/ Looking for a reference book on linguistics
I was wondering if any of you are interested in similar areas and can recommend a reliable, (reasonably) up-to-date, fairly in-depth (not really after dummy guides) reference book in this field?
I am more interested in grammar and also literature terms, definitions and concepts than I am in cultural and historical linguistics. However, if there is one book that covers everything to a reasonable degree then I would prefer that over single books which only focus on one aspect each.
If anyone has any tips or pointers for where I can start looking for such a book (if it evens exists), I would be extremely grateful.
Michael Swan - Practical English Usage provides a comprehensive grammatical and lexical dictionary, but you won't find the literary terms.
Shirley Russell - Grammar, Stucture and Style (A Guide to A-level English) gives the mix you would like, and with exercises to assist, but is perhaps a bit basic.
Is this at degree level? I think the historical side (development of English is probably fairly relevant - perhaps more so than socio-linguistics). However, can't think of texts that combine the literary and language terms explicitly, but the grammatical terms can always feed your understanding of literature.
Cybergrammar is an excellent website for clear grammatical explanations and examples and was originally designed to support English teacher training - could provide some good direction.
Awesome, thank you so much for responding. I will definitely check all your suggestions for books out and, until I get hold of a physical reference guide, I will explore Cybergrammar.
Since both of you mention David Crystal I will be looking further into his publications.
Yes, this is undergraduate level. Actually it is probably a good idea to get a book which covers as much as possible, now I think of it. My interests do tend to differ over time and I'm sure historical linguistics, for example, will interest me more in future.
Many thanks :)
I'll second any of the comments re David Cyrstal. Well written and easy to read.
"His "The English Language" sits on my shelf as I type along with a couple of his others.
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