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Language: history & general works books

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Language, Literature and the Construction of a Dutch National Identity (1780-1830) by Gijsbert Rutten Language, Literature and the Construction of a Dutch National Identity (1780-1830)

Dutch, nationalism, literature, literary history, linguistics
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/11/2017

Vulgar Tongues An Alternative History of English Slang by Max Decharne Vulgar Tongues An Alternative History of English Slang

Slang is the language of pop culture, low culture, street culture, underground movements and secret societies; depending on your point of view, it is a badge of honour, a sign of identity or a dangerous assault on the values of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017

: Essays on Style and Language (1966) Linguistic and Critical Approaches to Literary Style by Roger Fowler : Essays on Style and Language (1966) Linguistic and Critical Approaches to Literary Style

First published in 1966, this book is contributed to by authors who share an interest in the literary uses of language. The book gives a close analysis of the language of literature contributed to by critics and linguists, examining linguistic...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2017

The Ecology of Language in Multilingual India Voices of Women and Educators in the Himalayan Foothills by Cynthia Groff The Ecology of Language in Multilingual India Voices of Women and Educators in the Himalayan Foothills

This book explores the linguistic ecology of the Kumaun region of Uttarakhand, India through the experiences and discourses of minority youth and their educators. This volume allows Kumauni women and their educators to take centre stage, and provides a thoughtful...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/10/2017

The Stories of Slang Language at its most human by Jonathon Green The Stories of Slang Language at its most human

The revealing stories behind slang, the language that shows us at our most human
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

Dent's Modern Tribes The Secret Languages of Britain by Susie Dent Dent's Modern Tribes The Secret Languages of Britain

Learn how to decode the private languages that are swapped around us every day - amongst cabbies and paramedics, soap stars and comedians, cricketers and barristers - in Susie Dent's unique and witty guide to Britain's modern tribes.
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

Nature, Metaphor, Culture Cultural Conceptualizations in Hungarian Folksongs by Judit Baranyine Koczy Nature, Metaphor, Culture Cultural Conceptualizations in Hungarian Folksongs

This book analyses the emotional message of Hungarian folksongs from a Cultural Linguistic perspective, employing a wide range of empirical devices.
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/09/2017

Sacred Languages of the World An Introduction by Brian P. Bennett Sacred Languages of the World An Introduction

A fascinating comparative account of sacred languages and their role in and beyond religion written for a broad, interdisciplinary audience Sacred languages have been used for foundational texts, liturgy, and ritual for millennia, and many have remained virtually unchanged through...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/09/2017

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The English Language: A Very Short Introduction by Simon (Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford) Horobin The English Language: A Very Short Introduction
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How has the English language evolved into the version we know today? How will it develop in future? Is it changing for the better or the worse? Simon Horobin's entertaining Very Short Introduction engages with these often heated debates, giving...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2018

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Sacred Languages of the World An Introduction by Brian P. Bennett Sacred Languages of the World An Introduction

A fascinating comparative account of sacred languages and their role in and beyond religion written for a broad, interdisciplinary audience Sacred languages have been used for foundational texts, liturgy, and ritual for millennia, and many have remained virtually unchanged through...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2017

How Language Began The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention by Daniel (Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University) Everett How Language Began The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention

In his groundbreaking new book Daniel Everett seeks answers to questions that have perplexed thinkers from Plato to Chomsky: when and how did language begin? What is it? And what is it for? Daniel Everett confounds the conventional wisdom that...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

Origin of Kibosh Routledge Studies in Etymology by Gerald Cohen, Stephen Goranson, Matthew Little Origin of Kibosh Routledge Studies in Etymology
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This is an etymological study of the origins of the word kibosh, which has long been one of the great mysteries of the English language. Unconvincing derivations have been suggested from Yiddish to Gaelic and Italian, and thus far consensus...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

The Battle for Ukrainian - A Comparative Perspective by Michael S. Flier, Andrea Graziosi, Lubomyr A. Hajda The Battle for Ukrainian - A Comparative Perspective
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The Ukrainian language has followed a tortuous path over 150 years of tsarist, Soviet, and post-Soviet history. The Battle for Ukrainian documents that path, and serves as an interdisciplinary study essential for understanding language, history, and politics in both Ukraine...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2017

The Word Detective A Life in Words: From Serendipity to Selfie by John Simpson The Word Detective A Life in Words: From Serendipity to Selfie

The story of words, cultures, the OED and John Simpson, a word detective with thirty-seven years of dictionary experience and twenty years as Chief Editor of the world's most important dictionary
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017

The Language of Magazines by Linda McLoughlin The Language of Magazines

The Language of Magazines:shows how linguistic techniques such as puns and presuppositions are used by magazines to capture our attentionexamines how image and text combine to produce meaningdiscusses how ideological messages are conveyedanalyses how the sexes are constructed through languagelooks...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/06/2017

The Word and Its Ways in English Essays on the Parts of Speech and Person by Walter Hirtle The Word and Its Ways in English Essays on the Parts of Speech and Person

An exploration of how the mind creates words and, in turn, how words represent intended meanings.
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/06/2017

Quid Pro Quo What the Romans Really Gave the English Language by Peter Jones Quid Pro Quo What the Romans Really Gave the English Language

A surprising, witty and entertaining journey through the Latin roots of the English language, by the bestselling author of Veni Vidi Vici and Eureka!
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017

The Mayan Languages by Judith (The University of California, Santa Cruz, USA) Aissen The Mayan Languages
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The Mayan Languages presents a comprehensive survey of the language family associated with the Classic Mayan civilization (AD 200-900), a family whose individual languages are still spoken today by at least six million indigenous Maya in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017

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