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  • Motherfocloir by Darach O'Seaghdha
    Motherfocloir (English, Hardback) Darach O'Seaghdha

    A humorous investigation of the Irish language.

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  • The Meaning of Liff by Douglas Adams
    The Meaning of Liff (English, Hardback) Douglas Adams

    Douglas Adams and John Lloyd's classic humour book, revised and updated and including The Deeper Meaning of Liff

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  • The Unfolding Of Language by Guy Deutscher
    The Unfolding Of Language (English, Paperback) Guy Deutscher

    'Language is mankind's greatest invention - except of course, that it was never invented.' So begins Guy Deutscher's fascinating investigation into the evolution of language.

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  • The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth
    The Elements of Eloquence (Paperback) Mark Forsyth

    Mark Forsyth's `sparkling' (Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph) and idiosyncratically brilliant third book.

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  • The English Language: A Very Short Introduction by Simon Horobin
    The English Language: A Very Short Introduction (English, Paperback) Simon Horobin

    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 the historical and linguistic framework which will enable well informed discussion.

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  • Other-Wordly by Yee-Lum Mak
    Other-Wordly (English, Hardback) Yee-Lum Mak, Kelsey Garrity-Riley

    Shares definitions of words from many languages that describe very specific phenomena, including the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees, the urge to look into other people's windows, and flirtatious talk that leads nowhere.

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  • Runes by Martin Findell
    Runes (Paperback) Martin Findell

    Runes employ many techniques from informal scratchings to sophisticated inlaid designs on weapons, or the exquisite relief carvings of the Franks Casket. This book tells the story of runes from their mysterious origins, their development as a script, to their use and meaning in the modern world.

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  • The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth
    The Etymologicon (Paperback) Mark Forsyth

    The massive Christmas 2011 bestseller and Radio 4 Book of the Week

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  • Pardon My French by Charles Timoney
    Pardon My French (English, Paperback) Charles Timoney

    Takes you through various words you need to survive, shows how and why they work, and steers you past various pitfalls and potential embarrassments of speaking French in France. This title covers various areas of everyday life from eating and drinking to travel, work and, crucially, and, swearing and sounding like a teenager.

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  • The Story of Hebrew by Lewis Glinert
    The Story of Hebrew (English, Hardback) Lewis Glinert

    A unique history of the Hebrew language from biblical times to the modern Jewish state...

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  • Literature of the Gaelic Landscape by John Murray
    Literature of the Gaelic Landscape (Multiple languages, Paperback) John Murray

    Literature of the Gaelic Landscape compares Gaelic literature with other world traditions and their relationship to place and storytelling, providing an overview of how the literature relates to landscape and place over the ages.

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  • Dent's Modern Tribes by Susie Dent
    Dent's Modern Tribes (English, Paperback) Susie Dent

    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.

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  • Is That a Fish in Your Ear? by David Bellos
    Is That a Fish in Your Ear? (English, Paperback) David Bellos

    How do we really make ourselves understood to other people? This book shows how, from puns to poetry, news bulletins to the Bible, Asterix to Swedish films, translation is at the heart of everything we do - and makes us who we are.

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  • The Welsh Language by Janet Davies
    The Welsh Language (English, Paperback) Janet Davies

    This book offers a broad historical survey of Welsh-language culture from sixth-century heroic poetry to television and pop culture in the early twenty-first century. The public status of the language is considered and the role of Welsh is compared with the roles of other non-state languages.

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  • Amos, Amas, Amat ... and All That by Harry Mount
    Amos, Amas, Amat ... and All That (Paperback) Harry Mount

    Those endless afternoons where you struggled to remember the third person singular present indicative may be long gone, but if you still have the vaguest memory, your mastery of Latin will spring back to life. Harry Mount uncorks its magic using authors such as Kingsley Amis, John Cleese and Evelyn Waugh.

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  • Introducing Global Englishes by Nicola Galloway
    Introducing Global Englishes (English, Paperback) Nicola Galloway, Heath Rose

    "Introducing Global Englishes provides comprehensive coverage of relevant research in the fields of World Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca, and English as an International Language. The book introduces students to the current sociolinguistic uses ofthe English language, using a range of engaging and accessible examples from newspapers (Observer, Independent, Wall Street Journal),...

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  • Colourful Irish Phrases by Micheal O Conghaile
    Colourful Irish Phrases (Multiple languages, Hardback) Micheal O Conghaile

    An intriguing collection of Irish-language expressions with their literal and figurative meanings, some familiar and some more obscure. Will be of interest to tourists, Irish-language novices and even fluent Gaeilgeoirs.

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  • A Slap in the Face by William B. Irvine
    A Slap in the Face (English, Paperback) William B. Irvine

    Insults are part of the fabric of daily life. But why do we insult each other? Why do insults cause us such pain? Can we do anything to prevent or lessen this pain? Most importantly, how can we overcome our inclination to insult others?...

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  • Mapping Applied Linguistics by Christopher J. Hall
    Mapping Applied Linguistics (English, Paperback) Christopher J. Hall, Patrick H. Smith

    Mapping Applied Linguistics: A guide for students and practitioners, 2nd edition provides a newly updated, wide-ranging introduction to the full scope of applied linguistics. This innovative book maps the diverse and constantly expanding range of theories, methods and issues faced by students and practitioners around the world, integrating both sociocultural and cognitive perspectives. Practically...

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  • What Made The Crocodile Cry? by Susie Dent
    What Made The Crocodile Cry? (English, Paperback) Susie Dent

    Sparkling with insight and linguistic curiosity, this delightful compendium answers 101 of the most intriguing questions about the English language, from word origins and spelling to grammar and usage. Irresistible to anyone with an interest in the words around them.

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