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Language: history & general works books

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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 Golden Thread The Story of Writing by Ewan (Author) Clayton The Golden Thread The Story of Writing

An authoritative and accessible history of the cultural miracle that is the written word.
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

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: 01/09/2017

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: 01/09/2017

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: 31/08/2017

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

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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

: 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

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

Other books in this genre

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

Words are the foundation, the building blocks of language. While an obvious and irreplaceable concept in the minds of non-linguists, the entry word does not figure in the indexes of some books on linguistics. Why is there this neglect of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/06/2017

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

Japanese Language by Haruhiko Kindaichi, Umeyo Hirano Japanese Language
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This is a book about the structure, history and evolution of the Japanese language
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/05/2017

The Story of be A Verb's-Eye View of the English Language by David Crystal The Story of be A Verb's-Eye View of the English Language

It's the most simple, unassuming, innocent-looking verb: 'to be'. Yet it is jam-packed with more different meanings, forms, and uses than any other English word. As he reveals be's multiple incarnations, David Crystal takes us to the heart of our...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017

Latin in Medieval Britain by Carolinne White Latin in Medieval Britain

Latin continued to be used across Europe long after the end of the Roman Empire. While not the native language of its users, it was nevertheless used for a wide variety of functions from religion to record-keeping. This book considers...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/04/2017

International English Usage by Ian Hancock International English Usage

First published in 1986. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/04/2017

The Wonderful World of Words by Mitchell Symons The Wonderful World of Words

From information about words and their uses, useful lists of things you never knew had names, palindromes, famous lines from literature and film, to bizarre test answers and much, much more, The Wonderful World of Words is bursting with truly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/04/2017

Horrible Words A Guide to the Misuse of English by Rebecca Gowers Horrible Words A Guide to the Misuse of English

'Stuffed with entertaining detail ... Horrible Words is lively, provocative, witty and enlightening' The TimesNothing inflames the language purists like an illogical irregardless or a hideous otherization. But is it enough simply to dismiss these words as vile and barbarous...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/03/2017

How to be Good with Words by Don LePan, Laura Buzzard, Maureen Okun How to be Good with Words
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A handy, thoughtful guide to politically and ethically appropriate language.
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/02/2017

A Dictionary of the Underworld British and American by Eric Partridge A Dictionary of the Underworld British and American

First published in 1949 (this edition in 1968), this book is a dictionary of the past, exploring the language of the criminal and near-criminal worlds. It includes entries from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, as well as from...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/02/2017

A History of English by Barbara M. H. Strang A History of English

A History of English, first published in 1970, is a book for beginners in linguistic history. This title examines the changes in English language speech and writing over a period of almost 2000 years, whilst also exploring more recent changes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2017

Classical Chinese A Basic Reader by Naiying Yuan, Haitao Tang, James Geiss Classical Chinese A Basic Reader
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Classical Chinese is the most comprehensive and authoritative textbook on the language, literature, philosophy, history, and religion of premodern China. Rigorously and extensively field-tested and fine-tuned for years in classroom settings, it sets a new standard for the field. Originally...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/01/2017

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