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Re: CHAT: Book recommendations?

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 18:17
Eldin Raigmore wrote:
> On Tue, 9 Sep 2008 08:50:54 +0200, J R <tanuef@...> wrote: >> I'm looking into purchasing the following, and would appreciate any >> recommendations: >> 1. A dictionary of linguistic terms >> [snip] > > IME Ray Brown is the best dictionary of linguistic terms on-line. He's usually > on-line but not always.
Always - except when on holiday (as I shall be from next week :) But altho a little surprised & somewhat flattered by Eldin's endorsement, I must point out that I make extensive use of: Trask, R. L. (1993) _A Dictionary of Grammatical Terms in Linguistics_ Routledge: London UK, New York. ISBN 0-415-08627-2 (hbk), 0-415-08628-0 (pbk). Crystal, D (1997, 4th Edition) _A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics_ Blackwell: Oxford UK, Cambridge MA. ISBN 0-631-20097-5 (pbk) I find Trask less verbose and IMO sounder than Crystal, but it is limited strictly to grammatical terms in linguistic, whereas Crystal's book covers a larger area. Also, it may well be that newer editions of Crystal's book now exist (I haven't checked) but, alas, Larry Trask is no longer with us to keep his dictionary up to date.
> > Ray is usually more complete than the SIL Glossary,
...only because my sources are more complete. But I do agree the SIL definitions are often rather sparse.
> and has the very distinct advantage of being interactive.
True ;) -- Ray ================================== ================================== Frustra fit per plura quod potest fieri per pauciora. [William of Ockham]