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Encarta World English Dictionary [SIGNED By Editor]

Soukhanov, Anne H Editor)

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ISBN 10: 031222222X / ISBN 13: 9780312222222
Published by St. Martin's Press, NY, 1999
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Title: Encarta World English Dictionary [SIGNED By ...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, NY

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: SIGNED By Editor

Edition: 1st.

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Produced in conjunction with Microsoft, a groundbreaking new reference encompasses the full use of the English language throughout the world and features more than 400,000 entries, including thousands of new words and definitions, illustrations, cultural and regional notes, and more. 300,000 first printing. $850,000 ad/promo.


English doesn't belong to England--or any other country--any more. It's a global language now, a lingua franca with over 1.5 billion speakers, readers, and writers, so it's about time our reference shelves caught up with reality. The Encarta World English Dictionary, spawn of the popular Microsoft CD-ROM and Internet reference products, covers this new development in the language thoroughly and efficiently, creating a reference tool for anyone hooked into the new global culture. From the basics (American, British, Australian) to the fringes of English distribution in Africa and Asia, the Encarta staff track variant spellings, meanings, and pronunciations in over 100,000 entries comprising some 3.5 million words. If, for example, your Asian correspondent asks you for your "biodata," you can quickly and painlessly learn that she needs your résumé.

Its streamlined entry style emphasizes quick absorption of each word's meaning; still, browsers and researchers are rewarded with etymological and lexicographical information rivaling that found in its competitors. Over 3,000 black-and-white illustrations and 10,000 biographical and geographical entries spanning the centuries (from Gerry Adams to Zoroaster) round out the dictionary and provide depth. With all these features, Encarta World English Dictionary lives up to its promise as a reference tool for our postmodern one-world future. --Rob Lightner

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