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  • Hispano-romanisches Namenbuchby Lidia Becker

    De Gruyter 2009; US$ 358.30

    The introduction provides an overview of medieval personal nomenclature and of linguistic structures. There are some 110 entries in the dictionary; besides commentaries on cultural and linguistic history, they contain representative lists of instances of the names from editions of medieval documents. The commentaries deal with etymology,... more...

  • Language in Australiaby Suzanne Romaine

    Cambridge University Press 2004; US$ 80.00 US$ 65.60

    Linguists and non-linguists will find in this volume a guide and reference source to the rich linguistic heritage of Australia. more...

  • The Secret Life of Wordsby Henry Hitchings

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009; US$ 27.99

    Words are essential to our everyday lives. An average person spends his or her day enveloped in conversations, e-mails, phone calls, text messages, directions, headlines, and more. But how often do we stop to think about the origins of the words we use? Have you ever thought about which words in English have been borrowed from Arabic, Dutch, or Portuguese?... more...

  • Wordwatchingby Alex Horne

    Ebury Publishing 2011; US$ 14.09

    Alex Horne loves words. He loves them so much, in fact, that he's gone on a mental safari and invented some of his own ... all he needs to do now is get them into the dictionary. But, as Alex discovers, gaining entry into the official lexicon takes more than just a gentle word in the ear of the editor. Evidence is required - Alex needs what the dictionary... more...

  • Pukka and Fremdby Doug Pike

    Mushroom Publishing 2011; US$ 2.99

    Ever had a tranq slipped into your twanky? Ever come across a pawky chouser that was adept at loo? Or (and I promise, this is the last one), have you ever swilled skookum saloop? If your answer to all of the above is a resounding no and you?re curious as to what those bizarre words mean, then Pukka & Fremd is the book for you. Pukka & Fremd is not,... more...

  • Beyond Wordsby John Humphrys

    Hodder & Stoughton 2009; US$ 12.99

    From the huge response to Lost for Words , it?s clear that many of us share John?s strong feelings about the use and misuse of the English language. Not because we want to split hairs (or infinitives) but because how we use words reveals so much about the way we see the world. Here John takes a sharp look at phrases and expressions in current use... more...

  • Practice Makes Perfect English Vocabulary for Beginning ESL Learnersby Jean Yates

    McGraw-Hill Education 2011; US$ 15.00 US$ 12.30

    Master the words and phrases necessary for handling everyday situations Practice Makes Perfect: English Vocabulary for Beginning ESL Learners helps you develop your vocabulary by providing practice in word-building and encouraging you to analyze new words for an ever-increasing vocabulary. Each chapter of this comprehensive book focuses on a... more...

  • In Love with Norma Loquendiby William Safire

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 25.00

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist describes his lifelong fascination with  Norma Loquendi --common speech--in a collection of columns that celebrates the mysteries and continual evolution of the English language. From the Hardcover edition. more...

  • The Surgeon of Crowthorneby Simon Winchester

    Penguin Books Ltd 2002; US$ 14.09

    The making of the Oxford English Dictionary was a monumental 50 year task requiring thousands of volunteers. One of the keenest volunteers was a W C Minor who astonished everyone by refusing to come to Oxford to receive his congratulations. In the end, James Murray, the OED's editor, went to Crowthorne in Berkshire to meet him. What he found was incredible... more...

  • Port Out, Starboard Homeby Michael Quinion

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    Can it really be true that 'golf' stands for 'Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden'? Or that 'rule of thumb' comes from an archaic legal principle that a man may chastise his wife, but only with a rod no thicker than his thumb? These and hundreds of other stories are commonly told and retold whenever people meet. They grow up in part because expressions... more...