In this collection of articles, the author reflects on the nature of language, the art of lexicography and the developments in communication, the media and information technology in the late 20th century. The three main subjects looked at are: language at large, and particulary English, the most widely used language in the history of the world; the art and study of dictionaries and reference science, embracing all past, present and potential reference materials - from the "OED" to the "Yellow Pages"; and the processes through which communication, information and knowledge has evoloved - from cave art to the personal computer.
Tom McArthur is an independent writer, editor, consultant and broadcaster, and editor of English Today: the international review of the English language, the quarterly review published by Cambridge University Press. He is Deputy Director of the Dictionary Research Centre and Honorary University Fellow at the University of Exeter, and General Editor with R.R.K. Hartmann of the series Exeter Language and Lexicography. He has published over 20 books and is the editor of The Oxford Companion to the English Language.