246_Reviews_ John Wiley and Sons, xxi + 434 pp. $34.95. The Barnhart Abbreviations Dictionary. 1995. Ed. Robert K. Barnhart. New York: English is surely the most investigated language in the world, especially in view of the extensive new-word dictionaries like die Third Barnhart Dictionary ofNew English (1991) and the periodical The Barnhart Dictionary Companion, and die scholarship that they have engendered. Accompanying this dictionary production have come numerous collections of initialisms (Cannon, 1989; Cannon and Rodriguez, 1994). Now comes the most innovative collection to date, compiled from Robert Barnhart's huge language files of contemporary English and built from general interest newspapers, books, magazines, and a wide array of technical publications, besides odier sources. To put his new dictionary in context, we need to make quick comparisons with some other specialized dictionaries. Gale Research, Inc. can probably be said to have initiated the modern production with their small Acronyms Dictionary in 1960. A random check of a middle page of the Barnhart items beginning widi A- (p. 15, which contains 52 entries) shows diat this first Gale book has only 19 of these items, mainly because of post-1960 coinings. A middle page of Barnhart's ??-words (p. 177, containing 68
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