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  • Linguistics

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      All in a Word.

      How do we know words - their forms, their meanings, their roles in organising societies, their roles in helping us think? This looks at the history and forms of words and such less familiar topics such as how children learn and store words, differences...

      Was: $31.95
      Now: $12.95
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      Bad Language.

      Publisher Description The title of this book is intended ironically. The main thrust of this book is to argue that one should think twice before condemning particular forms of language or linguistic usages. Written by linguists, it takes the linguist's...

      Was: $21.95
      Now: $7.95
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      Biting the Wax Tadpole: Confessions of a Language Fanatic.

      Languages, she says, are the greatest compulsion of her life. She believes if we can learn a first language, we can learn a second...but admits some find this easier than others. She has collected some of the quirks, innovations and implausibilities of...

      Was: $42.95
      Now: $9.95
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      Clause Structure.

      Clause structure is the most widely-studied phenomenon within syntactic theory, because it refers to how words and phrases are embedded within a sentence, their relationships to each other within a sentence, and ultimately, how sentences are layered and...

      Was: $71.95
      Now: $5.00
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      Conversation: A History of a Declining Art.

      He presents an extended essay on conversation in Western civilisation, 'everyday conversation or small talk.' In the first chapter he provides his definition of conversation. He goes on to discuss conversation in the ancient world and looks at the...

      Was: $24.95
      Now: $7.95
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      Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex.

      You may blush more than once reading this engaging encyclopedia of all the things your mother didn't want you to know - and no doubt many she didn't know herself. These short pieces by almost 100 writers are alternately funny, sweet, and enlightening -...

      Was: $29.95
      Now: $14.95
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      English Words and Sentences: An Introduction.

      Publisher Description Hands-on, theory-neutral and non-technical, this textbook is a basic introduction to the structure of English words and sentences. Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistic analysis, it presents the facts in a straightforward...

      Was: $43.00
      Now: $14.95
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      Gallimaufry: A Hodgepodge of Our Vanishing Vocabulary.

      He begins by saying that when he was young he used to catch trains at a railway station. Nowdays most people call it a train station. He explains many shifts in our vocabulary - radio rather than wireless; changes in fashion mean that Oxford bags,...

      Was: $27.95
      Now: $3.95
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      I Before E (Except After C): Old-School Ways to Remember Stuff.

      Pre-Google, in a less hectic age, many useful facts were taught by mnemonics, which, once learned, were fixed in the brain forever. This assembles many quirky verses and clever acronyms such as 'A noun's the name of any thing;/As, school or garden, hoop...

      Was: $29.95
      Now: $12.95
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      Jolly Wicked, Actually: The 100 Words That Make Us English.

      Looks back over the centuries (what would John Betjeman have made of the idea of multi-ethnic youth vernacular?) and highlights the 20th century as a pivotal stage of development. Words are not just descriptions. They are charged with undertones and tap...

      Was: $35.00
      Now: $7.95
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      Kitchen Table Lingo: A First Book of Home-Made Words.

      Every day, millions of English-speakers use words that are not in the dictionary or the newspapers. They might be words passed down through friends and families or recently invented through need. This is a selection of the most enjoyable. Bobbit - a...

      Was: $21.95
      Now: $9.95
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      Language Policy.

      Explores many debates at the forefront of language policy: ideas of correctness and bad language; bilingualism and multilingualism; language death and efforts to preserve endangered languages; language choice as a human and civil right; and language...

      Was: $89.95
      Now: $24.95
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      Language!: Five Hundred Years of the Vulgar Tongue.

      Traces the development of slang and its trajectory through society. Beginning in the gutter and the thieves' tavern, and displayed only in a few criminological pamphlets, slang has made its way up and out: across social classes and into every medium...

      Was: $49.95
      Now: $19.95
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      Letter by Letter: An Alphabetical Miscellany.

      Each letter of the Roman alphabet is analysed. He traces its origin, evolution and form, as well as discussing its abbreviations, symbols and associated meanings. Timelines and images allow us to see the letters during different historical eras...

      Was: $41.95
      Now: $19.95
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      Manglo-Saxon: Marvelously Mangled Meanings for Well-Worn Words.

      Publisher Description The great American lexicographer Noah Webster sought to change the spelling of many English words so they look the way they sound. To take the concept further could words be made to mean the way they look and sound?

      Was: $24.95
      Now: $9.95
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      Portmanteau A-Z: An Alphabet of Portmanteau Words.

      A portmanteau word is one that blends the sounds of two or more other words. It was coined by Lewis Carroll whose word inventions included 'chortle' from chuckle and snort and 'galumph' from gallop and triumph. Other examples we use (or should!) include...

      Was: $29.95
      Now: $3.95
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      This introduces us to pragmatics, the study of language in use. It discusses the scope, meaning and history of pragmatics, and shows how the subject relates to the study of semantics, syntax, and sociolinguistics and to such fields as the philosophy of...

      Was: $67.95
      Now: $12.95