The Oxford Handbook of the Word

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Title: The Oxford Handbook of the Word

Editor: John R. Taylor

Series Title: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Published: 2015

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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About this Book:

  • Strikes a balance between scholarly coverage and depth and accessibility
  • The only single-volume guide encompassing approaches to words from a wide range of perspectives
  • Brings together a distinguished group of international scholars from different theoretical backgrounds

This handbook addresses words in all their multifarious aspects and brings together scholars from every relevant discipline to do so. The many subjects covered include word frequencies; sounds and sound symbolism; the structure of words; taboo words; lexical borrowing; words in dictionaries and thesauri; word origins and change; place and personal names; nicknames; taxonomies; word acquisition and bilingualism; words in the mind; word disorders; and word games, puns, and puzzles.

Words are the most basic of all linguistic units, the aspect of language of which everyone is likely to be most conscious. A ‘new’ word that makes it into the OED is prime news; when baby says its first word its parents reckon it has started to speak; knowing a language is often taken to mean knowing its words; and languages are seen to be related by the similarities between their words. Up to the twentieth century linguistic description was mainly an account of words and all the current subdivisions of linguistics have something to say about them. A notable feature of human languages is the sheer vastness of their word inventories, and scholars and writers have sometimes deliberately increased the richness of their languages by coining or importing new items into their word-hoards. The book presents scholarship and research in a manner that meets the interests of students and professionals and satisfies the curiosity of the educated reader.


Wordsmiths, lexicographers, etymologists, and all those interested in words, as well as students and researchers in all fields of linguistics.

Author Information:

Edited by John R. Taylor

John R. Taylor obtained his PhD in 1979 and was Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Otago until his retirement in 2010. He is the author of Possessives in English (1996), Cognitive Grammar (2002), Linguistic Categorization (3rd edition 2003), and The Mental Corpus (2012; paperback 2014), all published by Oxford University Press, and co-editor of the Bloomsbury Companion to Cognitive Linguistics (2014). He is a managing editor for the series Cognitive Linguistics Research (Mouton de Gruyter) and an Associate Editor of the journal Cognitive Linguistics.


Marc Alexander, University of Glasgow

John M. Anderson, University of Edinburgh

Benjamin Blount, University of Texas San Antonio (retired)

Frank Boers, Victoria University of Wellington

Geert Booij, Leiden University

Kate Burridge, Monash University Tucker Childs, Portland State University

Eve V. Clark, Stanford University

David Crystal, University of Bangor

Simon De Deyne, University of Adelaide

Philip Durkin, Deputy Chief Editor of the OED

Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University

Dirk Geeraerts, University of Leuven

Nik Gisborne, University of Edinburgh

Cliff Goddard, Griffith University

Katharine Graf-Estes, University of California

Davis Anthony Grant, Edge Hill University

Reese Heitner, Drexel University

Kristine Hildebrandt, University of California Santa Barbara

Andrew Hippisley, University of Kentucky

Michael Hoey, University of Liverpool

Carole Hough, University of Glasgow

Christian Kay, University of Glasgow

Robert Kennedy, University of California Santa Barbara

Adam Kilgarriff, Director of Lexical Computing Ltd Marie-Claude L’Homme, University of Montreal

Barbara C. Malt, Lehigh University

Asifa Majid, Radboud University Nijmegen

Rosamund Moon, University of Birmingham

Paul Nation, Victoria University of Wellington

Victor Raskin, Purdue University

Nicholas Riemer, University of Sydney

Niels O. Schiller, Leiden University

Mark C. Smith, Open University

Gert Storms, University of Leuven

Dennis Tay, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

John R. Taylor, University of Otago (retired)

Rinus Verdonschot, Leiden University

Henk Verkuyl, Utrecht University

Cynthia Whissell, Laurentian University

John Williams, University of Cambridge

Margaret Winters, Wayne State University

Alison Wray, Cardiff University

Table of Contents:



1: David Crystal: The lure of words

2: Adam Kilgarriff: How many words are there?

3: Marc Alexander: Dictionaries

4: Christian Kay: Words and thesauri

5: Joseph Sorell: Word frequencies

6: Peter Gryzbek: Word length

7: Paul Nation: Which words do you need?

8: Frank Boers: Words in second language learning and teaching

9: Geert Booij: The structure of words

10: Mark Smith: Word categories

11: Nik Gisborne: Words as grammatical units

12: Kristine Hildebrand: Words as phonological units

13: Andrew Hippisley: The word as a universal category

14: Nick Riemer: Word meaning

15: Barbara Malt: Words as names of categories

16: Marie-Claude L’Homme: Terminologies and taxonomies

17: Christiane Fellbaum: Lexical relations

18: Asifa Majid: Comparing lexicons cross-linguistically

19: Cliff Goddard: Words as carriers of cultural meaning

20: Rosamund Moon: Multi-word idioms

21: Michael Hoey: Words and their neighbours

22: Kate Burridge: Taboo words

23: Tucker Childs: Sound symbolism

24: Philip Durkin: Etymology

25: Dirk Geeraerts: How words (and vocabularies) change

26: Anthony Grant: Borrowing words

27: Margaret Winters: Lexical layers

28: Simon de Deyne and Gert Storms: Word associations

29: Niels O. Schiller and Rinus Verdonschot: Accessing words

30: John Williams: The bilingual lexicon

31: Eve V. Clark: First words

32: Katharine Graf-Estes: How infants find words

33: Reese Heitner: Roger Brown’s ‘original word game’

34: John M. Anderson: Names

35: Benjamin Blount: Personal names

36: Carole Hough: Place and other names

37: Robert Kennedy: Nicknames

38: Cynthia Whissell: Choosing a name: How name givers’ feelings influence name selection

39: Dennis Tay: Words and neuropsychological disorders

40: Victor Raskin: Verbal humour

41: Henk Verkuyl: Word puzzles

42: Alison Wray?: Do words exist? And if not, why do we believe that they do?




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