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Vocabulary

  • Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Redby Andrew Thompson

    Ulysses Press 2017; US$ 12.95

    Over 400 intriguing, entertaining, and often hilarious etymological journey The English language is riddled with phrases that are complete nonsense. Ever met "a monkey's uncle," seen a "red-handed" thief, or "put a sock in it" when asked? You knows the real meaning of these common expressions, but do you know where, why, and how these idioms entered... more...

  • Hong Kong Englishby May Wong

    Palgrave Macmillan UK 2017; US$ 45.64

    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$ 47.72

    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$ 84.91

    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...

  • The Word Detectiveby John Simpson

    Little, Brown Book Group 2016; US$ 23.99

    Language is always changing. No one knows where it is going but the best way to future-cast is to look at the past. John Simpson animates for us a tradition of researching and editing, showing us both the technical lexicography needed to understand a word, and the careful poetry needed to construct its definition. He challenges both the idea that dictionaries... more...

  • Other-Wordlyby Yee-Lum Mak; Kelsey Garrity-Riley

    Chronicle Books LLC 2016; US$ 11.99

    Discover words to surprise, delight, and enamor. Learn terms for the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees, for dancing awkwardly but with relish, and for the look shared by two people who each wish the other would speak first. Other-Wordly is an irresistible ebook for lovers of words and those lost for words alike. more...