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The Cambridge Guide to English Usage(2004)

 
지은이 : Pam Peters
출판사 : Cambridge
판수 : first edition
페이지수 : 608
ISBN : 052162181X
예상출고일 : 입금확인후 2일 이내
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도서가격 : 10,000원
적립금 : 300 Point
     

 
Providing an indispensable new A-Z reference to English usage for the twenty-first century, this guide covers more than 3000 points of word meaning, spelling, punctuation, grammar and style on which students, teachers, writers and editors regularly require guidance. It also addresses larger issues of inclusive language, and effective writing and argument, and provides guidance on grammatical terminology. Based on large international corpora, it differentiates clearly between U.S., U.K., Canadian and Australian usage and offers up-to-date, objective advice presented in readable, accessible terms. Pam Peters is a Professor of Linguistics at Macquarie University where she also serves as Director of Macquarie University's Dictionary Research Center. She is the author of several books on English usage, including Cambridge Australian English Style Guide (Cambridge, 1995).
Pam Peters is the Director of Macquarie University's Dictionary Research Centre. Her publications include The Cambridge Australian English Style Guide.
Preface; Overview of contents and how to access them; A to Z entries; Appendix I. International Phonetic Alphabet symbols of English sounds; Appendix II. Geological eras; Appendix III. Perpetual calendar 1901�2008; Appendix IV. International system of units (SI units); Appendix V. Interconversion tables for metric and imperial measures; Appendix VI. Selected proofreading marks; Appendix VII. Formats and styles for letters, memos and e-mail; Appendix VIII. Layout for envelopes; Appendix IX. Currencies of the world; Bibliography.
"This should be on every library's reference desk. This is a most invaluable work, indeed." GEOLINGUISTICS Vol. 30, Leonard R. N. Ashley

'The Cambridge Guide to English Usage is unique in the extent of its coverage of all the major varieties of English and in the degree to which it is based on corpus evidence, that is, on the analysis of vast collections of actual written and spoken language in each of the varieties under study. Peters' judicious use of these corpora and her evident familiarity with the extensive literature of past and contemporary language studies give The Cambridge Guide to English Usage an authority unmatched by any other usage guide.' Sidney Landau

'� invaluable �' The Good Book Guide

'� an ideal reference tool for fiction and non-fiction writers.' Ink

'There are excellent entries on matters of grammar, punctuation and style. Typical of these entries are those for relative clauses and the subjunctive, the colon and quotation marks, dangling participles and the sequence of tenses. These entries are very detailed and comprehensive, and written with great clarity.' Australian Book Review

'The A-Z format makes it easy to look up questions of word use, rules of punctuation and even whether (for example) to italicise your Latin abbreviations. If you are a working writer, this is the book to keep by you to solve all your tricky questions.' The Writing Magazine

'Users of the book will benefit from the author's having drawn on an enormously wide range of recent research and investigation into current usages and historic backgrounds.' Contemporary Review

'� refreshingly rational � You'll warm to her.' Sunday Telegraph

'This is a beautifully produced book, a joy to look at and to use � All in all, a delightful book � once you open it and find what you are looking for, there is an almost irresistible temptation to go on to dip into something else, and then something more, and so on � I shall recommend it to people who ask me questions about usage as well as to people who think they have all the answers.' The Canberra Editor

'The Cambridge Guide to English Usage will answer � thousands of � questions on usage �' Writer's News
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At first I was surprised and a little disappointed by the format - it is arranged like a dictionary. I was expecting something that could be read through progressively. However, after getting over that, I enjoy the book. It is full of mini-articles that make interesting reading whenever there's a few minutes to spare over coffee or lunch. Naturally it can also be resorted to as a reference, though I could imagine that to be a hit or miss affair until you get used to its quirky look-up style, with entries on suffixes or parts of words.

Sometimes I think that in the 21st century we should retreat a little to the looser rules of earlier centuries. Do we really have to agonize so much over how best to spell import-words like felafel or taboulie? One nice thing about the book, however, is its consideration of international trends in English and its attempt to bridge between them. "

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This book addresses much the same audience as Fowler's "Modern English Usage". It may be sacrilegious, but it is nevertheless true, to say that in many ways it is more useful than Fowler. This book takes a somewhat more liberal view of "correct" usage, pointing out how varied are the opinions of different authorities and good writers. In numerous instances it backs up its opinions by providing data from the 100 million word British National Corpus and of American usage from a subset of 140 million words of American usage from the Cambridge International Corpus. It can thus reliably point out which spellings or usages are more frequent in British or American English, and thus guide the writer addressing a particular audience. It is, of course, unlikely that any single guide to usage will be able to answer every question that may arise in a writer's mind, but this volume should take its place on the shelf beside Fowler, Garner's "Modern American Usage," and "Webster's Dictionary of English Usage." "

"Deduction: This word is often loosely used to refer to any kind of argument. But in logic it denotes a particular kind of reasoning, a process in which a conclusion is drawn after certain premises have been established. Provided that the premises are true, they guarantee the validity of the conclusion." The beginning of the entry for "deduction" suffices as an example of this tome's one-star quality. The turgid, passive writing does not guide by example; nor is the content accurate. Referring to a conclusion as "valid" in the context of schooling us about deductive logic is a glaring usage error: it is arguments, patterns of reasoning, that are "valid" just in case the truth of their premises guarantees the truth of their conclusions. The meandering entry for "deduction" is therefore more likely to spread a common usage error than to help an uncertain reader avoid error. The book as a whole takes a very nothing-is-right-or-wrong approach to English, but where the usage is of technical terms such as "validity," surely literacy calls for a little awareness and caution. Is that not the sort of nuance that distinguishes "usage" from mere "use," about which the Devil may care? Of course, a quick Google dive for examples of "valid conclusion" comes up with many live specimens, just as a quick scan of the dining room at Bennigan's will confirm that wearing a baseball hat to dinner is the thing to do.

For the most part a dictionary of random selection and noncommittal commentary on the various mutations and mutilations of English usage, scrupulously empirical to the point of uselessness, with bizarre normative interludes: on "Introductions," for example, the little lecture begins insipidly thus, "First impressions are as important in writing as they are in spoken encounters." Zzzz. I got this used for $10 and will be throwing it away -- thanks to the flabby writing, it takes up a lot of space for what little insight into English its Google trawling of illiterate ephemera offer. The best thing this sloppy waste will do for your usage is make you appreciate, and return to enjoy again, Fowler, Strunk and White, and those other relics of a time when good writers on usage provided real guidance.

By the way, the book does mention "hoi polloi," but only in a note on Greek plurals, silent on the increasingly common error mocked in this review's title. This is the classic example of a usage error that offends literate ears, something good writers who may not have the Greek surely want to prevent. To bring up this phrase in a "guide" to English usage without mentioning the degenerate version exemplifies the book's lack of focus and priorities. "

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As a corpus based style guide it knocks all others off the shelf. Required reading for all who which to gain an understanding of contemporary English. It considers usage in the major English-speaking countries and exposes all the hoary old lies about English you were taught at school. "
   
 
   
 
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