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Vocabulary

  • Word by Wordby Kory Stamper

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2017; US$ 26.95

    Do you have strong feelings about the word ?irregardless?? Have you ever tried to define the word ?is?? Brimming with intelligence and personality, this vastly entertaining account of how dictionaries are made is a must-read for word mavens. Many of us take dictionaries for granted, and few may realize that the process of writing dictionaries is,... more...

  • Summary and Analysis of The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionaryby Worth Books

    Worth Books 2017; US$ 3.50

    So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Professor and the Madman tells you what you need to know?before or after you read Simon Winchester?s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader.   This short summary and analysis of The... more...

  • Deutsche Orthografieby Peter Eisenberg; Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung

    De Gruyter 2017; US$ 16.10

    Das vorgelegte Buch beruht auf jahrelangen Erfahrungen, die der Autor in der Auseinandersetzung mit der Neuregelung der Orthografie von 1996 und insbesondere als Vertreter der Deutschen Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung im Rat für deutsche Rechtschreibung gesammelt hat. Im Ergebnis dieser Tätigkeiten wird ein vollständiges orthografisches Regelwerk... more...

  • Hong Kong Englishby May Wong

    Palgrave Macmillan UK 2017; US$ 46.29

    This book systematically examines the linguistic features and socio-cultural issues of ?Hong Kong English?. The author focuses on authentic data taken from the International Corpus of English (the Hong Kong component) and the Corpus of Global Web-based English to track the ways in which the English language in Hong Kong has been adapted by its users.... more...

  • Controlling Language in Industryby Stephen Crabbe

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 48.40

    This book provides an in-depth study of controlled languages used in technical documents from both a theoretical and practical perspective. It first explores the history of controlled languages employed by the manufacturing industry to shape and constrain the information in technical documents. The author then offers a comparative analysis of existing... more...

  • Comprehending and Speaking about Motion in L2 Spanishby Samuel A. Navarro Ortega

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 86.13

    This book presents a novel analysis of the learning of motion event descriptions by Anglophone students of Spanish. The author examines cross-linguistic differences between English and Spanish, focusing on the verbal patterns of motion events, to explore how learners overcome an entrenched first-language preference to move toward the lexicalization... more...

  • Fixing Babelby Rebecca Shapiro; Jack Lynch

    Bucknell University Press 2016; US$ 149.99

    Fixing Babel provides authoritative transcriptions of documents from the front matter of major English dictionaries over a two-hundred-year period. Fixing Babel provides commentary on and annotates a wide range of lexicographical concerns. more...

  • Speak and Read Chineseby Larry Herzberg

    Stone Bridge Press 2016; US$ 9.99

    A handy supplement to studying characters in class or independently that teaches useful tricks for remembering pronunciation and tones. more...

  • May We Borrow Your Language?by Philip Gooden

    Head of Zeus 2016; US$ 13.49

    A richly entertaining exploration of the origins of the words that English has borrowed from other languages over its 1500-year history. more...

  • A Christmas Cornucopiaby Mark Forsyth

    Penguin Books Ltd 2016; US$ 14.09

    The unpredictable origins and etymologies of our cracking Christmas customs For something that happens every year of our lives, we really don't know much about Christmas. We don't know that the date we celebrate was chosen by a madman, or that Christmas, etymologically speaking, means "Go away, Christ". Nor do we know that Christmas was first... more...