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  • Expletive Deletedby Ruth Wajnryb

    Free Press 2005; US$ 19.99

    Have we always "sworn like sailors"? Has creative cursing developed because we can't just slug people when they make us angry? And if such verbal aggression is universal, why is it that some languages (Japanese, for instance) supposedly do not contain any nasty words? Throughout the twentieth century there seems to have been a dramatic escalation in... more...

  • Language Most Foulby Ruth Wajnryb

    Allen & Unwin 2005; US$ 22.68

    A meticulously researched, highly entertaining, idiosyncratic look at the how, why and what of bad language around the world. more...

  • Cheerio Tom, Dick and Harryby Ruth Wajnryb

    Allen & Unwin 2007; US$ 22.68

    From wordmeister Ruth Wajnryb, a witty and thought provoking examination of the words that once peppered our language but are now fading from use. more...

  • The Silenceby Ruth Wajnryb

    Allen & Unwin 2001; US$ 31.81

    A passionate and highly readable analysis of the unspoken vocabulary of trauma among families of survivors. more...

  • You Know what I Mean?by Ruth Wajnryb

    Cambridge University Press 2008; US$ 20.00

    Celebrated writer and linguist Ruth Wajnryb explores how and why our language works the way it does. more...

  • Cheerio Tom, Dick and Harryby Ruth Wajnryb

    Allen & Unwin 2008; US$ 27.26

    Written with charm and quaint wit, this study embarks on a voyage of discovery among the words that once peppered the language of baby boomers and their parents to discover why they seem to be slipping from common use. Why is it that people don't say cheerio any more? Why did they in the first place? Do people still tinker with jalopies? And... more...

  • The Silenceby Ruth Wajnryb

    Allen & Unwin 2002; US$ 31.82

    Silence is often the most powerful form of communication and it is silence that still dominates the homes of Holocaust survivors and their families, even after half a century. Through interviews with children of survivors, this book explores communication in survivor families from the perspective of the postwar generation. Explaining the effects of... more...

  • RBT: Grammar Dictionby Ruth Wajnryb

    Oxford University Press 1985; US$ 20.75

    Grammar Dictation offers an innovative approach to the study of grammar in the language classroom - the 'grammar dictation' or 'dictogloss' procedure. A text is dictated at normal speed, after which students try and reconstruct their own version of the original text. The correction process then enables students to understand their errors... more...

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