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Language: history & general works

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Don't Believe A Word: The Surprising Truth About Language

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Don't Believe A Word: The Surprising Truth About Language

David Shariatmadari

Usage & grammar guides; Language: history & general works; linguistics; Grammar, syntax; Advocate - Poetry & Writing

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A mind-boggling journey through the phenomenon of language, busting nine common myths about humanity's greatest achievement... [more]

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Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

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Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

Mary Norris

Language: history & general works; Humour; Travel & holiday; Travel writing

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The Comma Queen returns with a fun, witty and wise romp through language and the crystalline Greek coast. [more]

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Now You're Talking: Human Conversation from the Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence

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Now You're Talking: Human Conversation from the Neanderthals to Artificial...

Trevor Cox

Language: history & general works; Mathematics & Sciences; Impact of science & technology on society; History of science; Popular science; Human biology

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`A lively, intelligent and persuasive history of speech...<br /><br />Expertly... [more]

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Bad Words: And What They Say About Us

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Bad Words: And What They Say About Us

Philip Gooden

Language: history & general works; linguistics; Dialect, slang & jargon

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Snowflake, elite, expert . . . What are today's 'bad words' and what do they say about us, both as individuals and as a society?... [more]

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The Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek

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The Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek

Evert van Emde Boas, Albert Rijksbaron, Luuk Huitink, Mathieu de Bakker

Language: history & general works; Grammar, syntax; Literary studies: classical, early & medieval; History; Classical history & classical civilisation

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This entirely new, comprehensive reference grammar of Classical Greek is aimed at students, teachers and academics. It combines... [more]

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A History of Reading

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A History of Reading

Steven Fischer

Language: history & general works; Literacy

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Describing ancient forms of reading and the various modes that were necessary to read different writing systems and scripts,... [more]

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Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History

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Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History

Rebecca Romney, J. P. Romney

Language: history & general works

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A funny and entertaining history of printed books as told through absurd moments in the lives of authors and printers, collected... [more]

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The Dictionary Wars: The American Fight over the English Language

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The Dictionary Wars: The American Fight over the English Language

Peter Martin

Language: history & general works; linguistics; Lexicography; History of the Americas; Social & cultural history

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A compelling history of the national conflicts that resulted from efforts to produce the first definitive American dictionary... [more]

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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

David Crystal (University of Reading)

Language: history & general works; linguistics; Encyclopaedias & reference works

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An essential text for a new generation of twenty-first-century English language enthusiasts, its dual purpose as both a reference... [more]

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Curious English Words and Phrases: The Truth Behind the Expressions We Use

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Curious English Words and Phrases: The Truth Behind the Expressions We Use...

Max Cryer

Language: history & general works; Historical & comparative linguistics; Reference

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Language expert Max Cryer's new book is an up-to-date guide to some of the most interesting words and phrases in the English... [more]

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Around the World in 80 Words: A Journey Through the English Language

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Around the World in 80 Words: A Journey Through the English Language

Paul Anthony Jones

Language: history & general works; linguistics; Slang & dialect humour

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For armchair travellers and language nerds: the surprising stories behind places that have become words. [more]

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The Story of Hebrew

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The Story of Hebrew

Lewis Glinert

Language: history & general works; History

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The Story of Hebrew explores the extraordinary hold that Hebrew has had... [more]

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The Real McCoy and 149 other Eponyms

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The Real McCoy and 149 other Eponyms

Claire Cock-Starkey

Language: history & general works; Dialect, slang & jargon; Reference

Hardback

Encompassing eponyms from medicine, botany, invention, science, fashion, food and literature, this book uncovers the intriguing... [more]

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A Little Book of Latin for Gardeners

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A Little Book of Latin for Gardeners

Peter Parker

Language: history & general works; History; Gardening: plants; Trees, wildflowers & plants

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The book, beautifully illustrated with old woodcuts, explains how and why plants have been named, includes handy lists of... [more]

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Words That Go Ping: The ridiculously wonderful world of onomatopoeia

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Words That Go Ping: The ridiculously wonderful world of onomatopoeia

Barbara Lasserre

Language: history & general works; linguistics

Hardback

Barbara Lasserre brings the neglected world of onomatopoeia to life in this witty little gem of a book which will delight... [more]

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'And I quote...': A history of using other people's words

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'And I quote...': A history of using other people's words

Elizabeth Knowles (Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations; historical lexicographer and author)

Language: history & general works; Historical & comparative linguistics; Reference

Hardback

How and why do we quote? And how do quotations develop and morph over time?<br... [more]

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The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

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The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

Simon Winchester

Language: history & general works; linguistics; Social & cultural history

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The creation of the first Oxford English Dictionary was an extraordinary endeavour, lasting over 70 years. In The Professor... [more]

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In Other Words: Weird and Wonderful Words from Around the World

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In Other Words: Weird and Wonderful Words from Around the World

Christopher J. Moore

Language: history & general works; linguistics

Hardback

All languages have their limitations--should English fall short, the expression may lie elsewhere. That's where this book... [more]

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Applied Translation Studies

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Applied Translation Studies

Tong-King Lee

Language: history & general works; Translation & interpretation; Languages & ESL

Paperback

This textbook is a practical and interactive reader designed to give anyone interested in language and communication a rigorous... [more]

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The English Language: A Very Short Introduction

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The English Language: A Very Short Introduction

Simon Horobin

Language: history & general works; linguistics

Paperback

How has the English language evolved into the version we know today? How will it develop in future? Is it changing for the... [more]

$17.95

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The Stories of Slang: Language at its most human

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The Stories of Slang: Language at its most human

Jonathon Green

Language: history & general works; linguistics; Dialect, slang & jargon

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The revealing stories behind slang, the language that shows us at our most human [more]

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Swearing Is Good For You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language

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Swearing Is Good For You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language

Emma Byrne

Language: history & general works; linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Popular science; Neurosciences

Paperback

Entertaining and thought-provoking.... Byrne's enthusiasm for her esoteric subject is contagious, damn it. -Melissa Dahl,... [more]

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Make Grammar Great Again: Crimes Against the English Language in 140 Characters

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Make Grammar Great Again: Crimes Against the English Language in 140 Characters...

Meredith Forrester

Usage & grammar guides; Language: history & general works; Fiction & Literature

Paperback

Since the announcement of the Presidential election in November 2016, Author Meredith Forrester has been using the power of... [more]

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Vulgar Tongues: An Alternative History of English Slang

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Vulgar Tongues: An Alternative History of English Slang

Max Decharne

Language: history & general works; linguistics; Dialect, slang & jargon

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This rollercoaster ride through the colorful history of slang-from highwaymen to hip-hop-is a fresh and exciting take on the... [more]

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Motherfocloir: Dispatches from a Not So Dead Language

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Motherfocloir: Dispatches from a Not So Dead Language

Darach O'Seaghdha

Language: history & general works; Social & cultural history; Slang & dialect humour; Languages & ESL

Paperback

A humorous investigation of the Irish language. [more]

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