New edition of the standard quick reference work on linguistics Over 3,250 entries spanning this multidisciplinary field, covering everything from phonetics, to sociolinguistics, to formal semantics Covers the theory of language and language history, as well as the classification of languages Features biographical entries of key figures in linguistics Helpful examples convey the meaning of even the most technical terms New to this edition - Over 100 new entries, including many terms in the fields of semantics and syntactic theory The third edition of The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics is an authoritative and invaluable reference source covering every aspect of its wide-ranging field. In 3,250 entries the Dictionary spans grammar, phonetics, semantics, languages (spoken and written), dialects, and sociolinguistics. Clear examples - and diagrams where appropriate - help to convey the meanings of even the most technical terms. It also incorporates entries on key scholars of linguistics, both ancient and modern, summarising their specialisms and achievements. With existing entries thoroughly revised and updated, and the addition of 100 new entries, this new edition expands its coverage of semantics, as well as recently emerging terminology within, for example, syntactic theory and sociolinguistics. Wide-ranging and with clear definitions, it is the ideal reference for students and teachers in language-related courses, and a great introduction to linguistics for the general reader with an interest in language and its study. Readership: Students at A-level or above studying linguistics, English linguistics, language, and related topics; teachers of the same subjects; and general readers interested in languages and the theory of language.