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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)

This book integrates nationalism studies with iterary and linguistic history by highlighting scholarly study of the Dutch language as a factor in the creation of the national identity.
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/02/2018

Swearing Is Good for You - The Amazing Science of Bad Language by Emma Byrne Swearing Is Good for You - The Amazing Science of Bad Language

An irreverent and impeccably researched defense of our dirtiest words.
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/02/2018

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: 08/02/2018

Cataloguing the World's Endangered Languages by Lyle Campbell Cataloguing the World's Endangered Languages

Collected research based on information from the Catalogue of endangered languages, available via the Endangered Languages Project website.
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/01/2018

Remembering the Germans in Ghana by Dennis (The University of Memphis) Laumann Remembering the Germans in Ghana

Remembering the Germans in Ghana examines the oral history of the Volta Region of Ghana, scrutinizes its sources and presentation, contextualizes it historically, and uses it to make larger arguments about memory and identity in Ghana.
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/12/2017

Futures for English Studies Teaching Language, Literature and Creative Writing in Higher Education by Ann Hewings Futures for English Studies Teaching Language, Literature and Creative Writing in Higher Education

Futures for English Studies brings together chapters by leading writers across the curriculum area of English to investigate how the component parts of English (literature, language, and creative writing) are located institutionally in higher education and to explore the interdisciplinary...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/12/2017

: Style and Stylistics (1969) by Graham Hough : Style and Stylistics (1969)

First published in 1969, Professor Hough's work examines stylistics - the bridge between linguistics and literary criticism. The book gives a short survey of stylistics from a literary point of view, and tries to answer the question of how much...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/12/2017

Endangered Languages by Shobhana (University of North Texas, USA) Chelliah, Andrea (University of Hawai`i at Manoa, USA) Berez-Kroeker Endangered Languages
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In the last 30 years, a universal recognition that almost 40% of the world's 7000 languages are in danger of extinction has spurned a new field of interdisciplinary study of under-resourced and under-privileged languages. This textbook speaks to the inceasing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/12/2017

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Spellbound Untangling English Spelling by Robbins Burling Spellbound Untangling English Spelling

This book has two parts. The first six chapters are relatively general. They review the history of English spelling and the reasons for the many irregularities of our modern language. The second part of the book is more technical. The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/02/2018

Do Not Pluck the Beard of a Stranger and other wise Gaelic Proverbs by T. D. MacDonald Do Not Pluck the Beard of a Stranger and other wise Gaelic Proverbs

A collection of proverbs in the original Gaelic, and translated into English covering family, work, money, self-Improvement and food and drink amongst other topics. Gaelic proverbs tell it like it is, and provide advice for a myriad of situations. This...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/02/2018

Found In Translation How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World by Nataly Kelly, Jost Zetzsche Found In Translation How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2018

From Hindi to Urdu A Social and Political History by Tariq (Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore) Rahman From Hindi to Urdu A Social and Political History
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This book is the first of its kind on the socio-political history of Urdu. It analyses the historiography of the language-narratives about its names, linguistic ancestry, place of birth-and relates it to the politics of identity-construction among the Hindus and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2018

Languages of the Pre-Columbian Antilles by Julian Granberry, Gary S. Vescelius Languages of the Pre-Columbian Antilles
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This work formulates a testable hypothesis of the origins and migration patterns of the aboriginal peoples of the Greater Antilles (Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico), the Lucayan Islands (the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos), the Virgin Islands, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2018

Colonizing Language Cultural Production and Language Politics in Modern Japan and Korea by Christina Yi Colonizing Language Cultural Production and Language Politics in Modern Japan and Korea

Christina Yi investigates linguistic nationalism in the formation of literary canons through an examination of Japanese-language cultural production by Korean and Japanese writers from the 1930s through the 1950s. She challenges conventional understandings of national literature by showing how Japanese...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/03/2018

Modern Scots An Analytical Survey by Robert McColl Millar Modern Scots An Analytical Survey

This textbook overview of Modern Scots provides a description and analysis of the language covering lexical, phonological and structural patterns. It presents evidence for the diversity of the language through illustrations from newly collected fieldwork material.
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2018

Modern Scots An Analytical Survey by Robert McColl Millar Modern Scots An Analytical Survey

This textbook overview of Modern Scots provides a description and analysis of the language covering lexical, phonological and structural patterns. It presents evidence for the diversity of the language through illustrations from newly collected fieldwork material.
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/03/2018

Teaching English as a Foreign Language An Introduction by Carola Surkamp Teaching English as a Foreign Language An Introduction


Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2018

The Meaning of Everything The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon (au) Winchester The Meaning of Everything The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

The creation of the first Oxford English Dictionary was an extraordinary endeavour, lasting over 70 years. In The Professor and the Madman, Simon Winchester recounted one fascinating episode; in The Meaning of Everything, he tells the whole story of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2018

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Llyfr y Selar by Owain Schiavone Llyfr y Selar


Format: Paperback - Released: 29/11/2017

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: 23/11/2017

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: 10/11/2017

: 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: 07/11/2017

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

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: 09/10/2017

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

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

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

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

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