Steven Pinker, Lois Lowry, Wendy Kaminer, and Steve Kleinedler
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition
December 8, 2011
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store is thrilled to welcome STEVEN PINKER, LOIS LOWRY, WENDY KAMINER, and STEVE KLEINEDLER to discuss The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition.
Attention all word nerds and language lovers – join us to discuss THE FUTURE OF LANGUAGE! American Heritage Dictionary Executive Editor Steve Kleinedler (the only lexicographer we know with a tattoo of a phonetic vowel chart on his back) will be joined by a dazzling set of American Heritage Usage panelists including bestselling author Steven Pinker (Panel Chair), Lois Lowry, and Wendy Kaminer to discuss some of the 10,000 newly added words and senses (eggcorn, smoot, zaatar, etc.!!), and whether the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition could possibly be the final print edition of the dictionary, ever.
Exhaustively researched and thoroughly revised, the Fifth Edition contains 10,000 new words and senses, over 4,000 dazzling new full-color images, and authoritative, up-to-date guidance on usage from the celebrated American Heritage Usage Panel.
In keeping with the American Heritage tradition of cutting-edge research, the Fifth Edition represents the work of a dedicated team of experts, scholars, and contributors. Thousands of definitions have been revised in rapidly changing fields such as astronomy and biology, geographical entries and maps have been completely updated, and the dictionary’s signature feature notes on word history, synonymy, and language variation have been enhanced and improved.
Trustworthy advice on controversies and conundrums in English usage is provided by the American Heritage Usage Panel, a group of 200 prominent users of the language. Under the leadership of Steven Pinker, preeminent researcher on language and the mind, the Panel passes judgment on both new and longstanding usage problems. No other dictionary offers such discerning and helpful guidance on issues of usage, grammar, and style.
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