Words of the World: A Global History of the Oxford English Dictionary (Paperback)Sarah Ogilvie (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 430 g
Dimensions: 227 x 152 x 12 mm
'Sarah Ogilvie, by forensically examining the OED text, demonstrates convincingly that, as envisaged by James Murray, it was a truly international enterprise, in both its contributors and the World Englishes represented.' Howard Jackson, Emeritus Professor of English Language and Linguistics, Birmingham City University
'A penetrating and brilliantly conceived work that decisively refutes the assumption that Victorian prejudice disposed the original editors of the OED to neglect foreign loanwords and non-British English. Ogilvie writes with a refreshingly brisk intelligence.' Sidney Landau, author of Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography
'A beauty of a book ...' Financial Times
'... cleverly documents the discomfort of Little England.' Peter Conrad, The Observer
'[A] meticulous study ...' The Times Literary Supplement
'Ogilvie challenges the commonly held assumption that the OED originally reflected Anglocentric and Victorian views of race and empire, and only progressively recognised in its supplements loanwords and words from the world's Englishes ... Ogilvie makes her case while also giving a fascinating account of work in the OED's offices. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.' J. K. Bracken, Choice
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