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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 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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  • 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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  • How Language Works by David Crystal
    How Language Works (Paperback) David Crystal

    Features a survey of everything from how sounds become speech to how names work. This work also talks about eyebrow flashes, whistling languages, how parents teach their children to speak, how politeness travels across languages and how the way we talk show not just how old we are but where we're from and even who we want to be.

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

    A humorous investigation of the Irish language.

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  • The Story of English by Robert McCrum
    The Story of English (Paperback) Robert McCrum

    The Story of English is the extraordinary tale of the origins and development of the English language. Two thousand years ago English was confined to a handful of savage tribes on the shores of north-west Europe; More widely scattered, written and spoken than any other language in history, English has become a global phenomenon.

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  • An Introduction to Sociolinguistics by Janet Holmes
    An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (English, Paperback) Janet Holmes, Nick Wilson

    In this classic introductory work, Janet Holmes and Nick Wilson examine the role of language in a variety of social contexts, considering both how language works and how it can be used to signal and interpret various aspects of social identity. Divided into three sections, this book explains basic sociolinguistic concepts in the light of classic approaches as well as introducing more recent...

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  • Holy Sh*t by Melissa Mohr
    Holy Sh*t (English, Paperback) Melissa Mohr

    A humorous, trenchant and fascinating examination of how Western culture's taboo words have evolved over the millennia.

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  • You Are Not Human by Simon Lancaster
    You Are Not Human (Paperback) Simon Lancaster

    Revelatory new book about the dangers of misusing language. Author is one of the world's most acclaimed professional speechwriters and has written speeches for Prime Ministers, government ministers and CEOs of some of the biggest companies in the world, including Unilever, HSBC and InterContinental Hotels.

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  • Through the Language Glass by Guy Deutscher
    Through the Language Glass (English, Paperback) Guy Deutscher

    "Guy Deutscher is that rare beast, an academic who talks good sense about linguistics... Observer*Does language reflect the culture of a society? A delightful amalgam of cultural history and popular science, this book explores some of the most fascinating and controversial questions about language, culture and the human mind.

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  • Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders
    Lost in Translation (English, Hardback) Ella Frances Sanders

    Did you know that the Japanese have a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees?

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  • The Stories of English by David Crystal
    The Stories of English (Paperback) David Crystal

    This superbly well-informed - and also wonderfully entertaining - history of the English language answers all these questions, showing how the many strands of English (Standard English, dialect and slang among them) developed to create the richly-varied language of today.

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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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  • Language, Society and Power by Annabelle Mooney
    Language, Society and Power (English, Paperback) Annabelle Mooney, Betsy Evans

    "Language, Society and Power is an introductory text to studying language in a variety of social contexts. It examines the ways in which language functions, how it influences thought and how it varies according to age, ethnicity, class and gender. This fourth edition has been completely revised to include recent developments in theory and research, and offers new chapters on Linguistic Landscapes...

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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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  • The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal
    The Story of English in 100 Words (English, Paperback) David Crystal

    Featuring Latinate and Celtic words, weasel words and nonce-words, ancient word ('loaf') to advanced ('twittersphere') and spanning the indispensable words that shape our tongue ('and', 'what') to the more fanciful ('fopdoodle'), the author takes us along the winding byways of language via the rude, the obscure and the downright surprising.

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  • Business Bullshit by Andre Spicer
    Business Bullshit (English, Paperback) Andre Spicer

    Our organizations are flooded with empty talk. We are constantly "going forward" to lands of "deliverables", stopping off on the "journey" to "drill down" into "best practice". Being an expert at using management speak has become more important in corporate life than delivering long lasting results. The upshot is that meaningless corporate jargon is killing our organizations....

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  • Latin Inscriptions by Dirk Booms
    Latin Inscriptions (Paperback) Dirk Booms $11.77 $13.01
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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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