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A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics
David Crystal 2008 Pdf
Preface to the sixth edition by Samuel Johnson: When I took the first survy of my undertaking, I found our speech copious without order, and energetick without rules: wherever I turn my view, there was perplexity to be disentangled, and confusion to be regulated; choice was to be made out of boundless variety, without any establishes principle of selection; adulterations were to be detected, without a settled test of purity; and modes of expression to be rejected or received, without the suffrages of any writers of classical reputation or acknowledged authority.
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