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Burchfield, R. W.

Overview
Works: 137 works in 662 publications in 5 languages and 15,940 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  History  Handbooks and manuals  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Terms and phrases 
Roles: Editor, Author, Other, Author of introduction, Contributor, Creator
Classifications: PE1625, 423
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Most widely held works about R. W Burchfield
 
Most widely held works by R. W Burchfield
The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology by C. T Onions( Book )

92 editions published between 1966 and 1998 in English and German and held by 3,256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lists 24,000 entries including the present meaning of the word, date first appeared in English, and pronunciation
The new Fowler's modern English usage by H. W Fowler( Book )

32 editions published between 1966 and 2004 in English and held by 2,768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1926, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage is one of the most celebrated reference books of the twentieth century. Commonly known as 'Fowler, ' after its inimitable author, H.W. Fowler, it has sold more than a million copies and maintained a devoted following over seven decades, in large part because of its charming blend of information and good humor, delivered in the voice of a genial if somewhat idiosyncratic schoolmaster. Now this classic is available in a new edition - the first major revision since Fowler's original. Rewritten, updated, and expanded to take into account the vast linguistic changes of the past three-quarters of a century, here are thousands of alphabetically arranged entries, offering advice and background information on all aspects of the English language, from grammar to spelling to literary style
The Oxford English dictionary; being a corrected re-issue with an introduction, supplement, and bibliography of A new English dictionary on historical principles by James A. H Murray( Book )

50 editions published between 1933 and 1987 in 3 languages and held by 1,664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vol.13 ("Supplement and bibliography") is unnumbered
A Supplement to the Oxford English dictionary( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 1,596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These volumes replace the 1933 Supplement to the OED. The vocabulary treated is that which came into use during the publication of the successive sections of the main Dictionary -- that is, between 1884, when the first fascicle of the letter A was published, and 1928, when the final section of the Dictionary appeared -- together with accessions to the English language in Britain and abroad from 1928 to the present day. Nearly all the material in the 1933 Supplement has been retained here, though in revised form (Preface)
The English language by R. W Burchfield( Book )

49 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 1,440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The English language, in its earliest period, was spoken by a few thousand people, most of whom were illiterate. Today, more than 300 million people speak and write English as their first language. In this book, Robert Burchfield takes us on a brief tour of our ever-changing language as he surveys its history and development and assesses its current state. An eloquent guide, Burchfield examines the complexities of English, as well as its amazing resilience and flexibility. From vocabulary, syntax, and pronunciation, to an analysis of the role of literature and the English Bible in shaping the language, Burchfield infuses all his discussions with his fascination with the mystery of language and his confidence that English "can be used at the present time as in the past, with majesty and power, free of all fault."
The Cambridge history of the English language by Richard M Hogg( Book )

26 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 1,220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume 1, Beginnings to 1066: This volume deals with the history of English up to the Norman Conquest and contains chapters on Indo-European and Germanic, phonology and morphology, syntax, semantics and vocabulary, dialectology, onomastics, and literary language. Each chapter, as well as giving a chronologically-oriented presentation of the data, surveys scholarship in the area and takes full account of the impact of developing and current linguistic theory on the interpretation of the data. The chapters have been written with both specialists and non-specialists in mind
Unlocking the English language by R. W Burchfield( Book )

27 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As we grapple with an English language adapting and expanding faster than ever, Robert Burchfield offers a sane, humanistic, and historically illuminating account of how words enter our official vocabulary. In this lively collection of essays, he shows us that dictionaries, far from being static, are hotly contested social documents resulting from the interaction of the language, the lexicographer, and his times. Drawing on the author's thirty years' experience as the editor of the Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary, this book gives us a firsthand account of the sorts of decisions lexicographers have confronted since Samuel Johnson's great dictionary (such as the uses of literary authority, the inclusion of "ethnic" vocabulary, the establishment of standard usage), as well as more contemporary issues, including the implications of compiling dictionaries in the computer age. There is also a wealth of insights into the history of our language, its rich past, and its potential future.--From publisher description
Studies in lexicography by R. W Burchfield( Book )

13 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The spoken word : a BBC guide by R. W Burchfield( Book )

10 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Compact edition of the Oxford English dictionary: complete text reproduced micrographically by James A. H Murray( Book )

32 editions published between 1971 and 1987 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Micrographic reproduction of the 13 volume Oxford English dictionary published in 1933
Points of view : aspects of present-day English by R. W Burchfield( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Points of View begins with two original and entertaining reflections, the first entitled "The Fowler Brothers and the Tradition of Usage Handbooks," the second "An Outline of Euphemisms in English." The selection of shorter pieces which follows--drawn from Burchfield's popular Sunday Times of London column, "Words and Meanings"--concerns the English language as it is used throughout the world. These cover a wide variety of topics, ranging from the language of newspaper recruitment advertising and Valentine's Day messages to the modern use (and misuse) of apostrophes and hyphens. The book concludes with a series of engaging thoughts on individual words--often the most simple--about which there is continuing debate in modern English
A Supplement to the Oxford English dictionary by R. W Burchfield( Book )

25 editions published between 1972 and 1996 in English and German and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The New Zealand pocket Oxford dictionary by R. W Burchfield( Book )

20 editions published between 1986 and 1995 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Words : for Robert Burchfield's sixty-fifth birthday( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Fowlers : their achievements in lexicography and grammar by R. W Burchfield( Book )

5 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A supplement to the Oxford English dictionary :( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New Zealand by R. W Burchfield( Book )

11 editions published between 1953 and 1966 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oxford English dictionary and the state of the language by R. W Burchfield( Book )

4 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Supplement to the Oxford English dictionary by R. W Burchfield( Book )

12 editions published between 1982 and 1996 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Supplement to the Oxford English dictionary( )

in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nearly all the material in the 1933 Supplement has been retained here, though in revised form."
 
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The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology
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Burchfield, R. W.

Burchfield, R.W. 1923-2004

Burchfield, Robert.

Burchfield, Robert 1923-

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Burchfield, Robert (Robert W.)

Burchfield, Robert (Robert William), 1923-

Burchfield, Robert W.

Burchfield, Robert W. 1923-

Burchfield, Robert W. 1923-2004

Burchfield, Robert W. (Robert William), 1923-

Burchfield, Robert William

Burchfield, Robert William 1923-

Burchfield, Robert William 1923-2004

Robert Burchfield lexicograaf uit Nieuw-Zeeland (1923-2004)

Robert Burchfield New Zealand lexicographer

Robert W. Burchfield

バーチフィールド, R.W

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The new Fowler's modern English usageThe Oxford English dictionary; being a corrected re-issue with an introduction, supplement, and bibliography of A new English dictionary on historical principlesThe English languageThe Cambridge history of the English languageUnlocking the English languageWords : for Robert Burchfield's sixty-fifth birthday