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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Language reference, History of English, Literature, Literary theory and cultural studies
Length:
1.34 million words
Illustration(s):
10
Much loved for its wit and wisdom since 1870, Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable takes you on a captivating adventure through its trademark blend of language, culture, myth and ... More
Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language

Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Language reference, History of English, Linguistics
Length:
472,200 words
Illustration(s):
10
Based on the acclaimed Oxford Companion to the English Language, this is the most compact, authoritative, and up-to-date source of information about the English language. With ... More
Encyclopedia of Rhetoric

Encyclopedia of Rhetoric   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Language reference, Linguistics
Length:
551,775 words
Illustration(s):
17
The Encyclopedia of Rhetoric is a comprehensive survey of one of the Western world's oldest disciplines. Its 150 entries, written by leading scholars, bring together expertise in classical ... More
Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
641,546 words
Illustration(s):
2
‘offers impeccable advice’ – The Times Over 6,000 entries This world-famous guide to the English language has been cherished and consulted by ... More
The New Oxford Dictionary for Scientific Writers and Editors

The New Oxford Dictionary for Scientific Writers and Editors (2 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Language reference, Writing and Editing Guides
Length:
186,150 words
Illustration(s):
23
This dictionary provides scientists, science writers, and all who work in scientific publishing with a clear style guide for the presentation of scientific information. In over 9,700 ... More
The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar

The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (2 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
139,573 words
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1
Over 1,600 entries A straightforward and accessible A-Z guide to the diverse and often complex terminology of English grammar. Includes clear and concise definitions which are ... More
Encyclopedia of Semiotics

Encyclopedia of Semiotics   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
Language reference, Linguistics
Length:
469,278 words
Illustration(s):
25
The Encyclopedia of Semiotics is a comprehensive reference guide to concepts in semiotics, sign theory, and cultural studies. Three hundred entries by leading scholars in a ... More

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