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  • Story of Englishby Joseph Piercy

    Michael O' Mara Books 2012; US$ 9.99

    Illustrates the history of how the relatively obscure dialects spoken by tribes from what are Denmark, the Low Countries and northern Germany, became the most widely spoken language in the world, and of how that language evolved during the last two millennia. more...

  • Spell It Outby David Crystal

    Profile Books 2012; US$ 11.98

    Why is there an 'h' in ghost? William Caxton, inventor of the printing press and his Flemish employees are to blame: without a dictionary or style guide to hand in fifteenth century Bruges, the typesetters simply spelled it the way it sounded to their foreign ears, and it stuck. Seventy-five per cent of English spelling is regular but twenty-five... more...

  • The American Swear Bookby Sterling Johnson

    Gibson Square 2012; US$ 5.99

    Great f***ing book' Stephen King If there is one thing that Hollywood has taught us, it's that Americans know how to swear. Whether you want to succeed in business, school, or social circles, a strong command of vocabulary is absolutely necessary. The American Swear Book provides the perfect way for both nonnative speakers to learn the basics and native... more...

  • Reden wie ein Profiby Der Schweizerische Beobachter; Krisztina Faller; Karin Negele; Patrick Rohr

    Beobachter-Edition 2011; US$ 46.99

    Selbstsicher reden und souverän wirken - das lässt sich jetzt noch einfacher lernen. Wie baue ich die Rede auf? Wie bringe ich meine Botschaft lebendig rüber? Schweizerdeutsch oder Hochdeutsch? Soll ich ablesen oder frei reden?Kommunikationsprofi Patrick Rohr verrät, welche rhetorischen Kniffe garantiert funktionieren und was gegen Nervosität hilft.... more...

  • Analysing 21st Century British Englishby Clive Upton; Bethan Davies

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 56.95

    The Voices project of the British Broadcasting Corporation, a recent high-profile media investigation, gathered contemporary English dialect samples from all over the UK and invited contributions from the public to a dedicated website. This book explores both issues of ideology and representation behind the media project and uses to which the emerging... more...

  • New Keywordsby Tony Bennett; Lawrence Grossberg; Meaghan Morris

    Wiley 2013; US$ 44.95 US$ 38.96

    Over 25 years ago, Raymond Williams’ Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society set the standard for how we understand and use the language of culture and society. Now, three luminaries in the field of cultural studies have assembled a volume that builds on and updates Williams’ classic, reflecting the transformation in culture and... more...

  • Short Stories Eurekaby Diana Tham

    Marshall Cavendish 2012; US$ 9.99

    Short Stories Eureka features the best of model narrative stories written by English Language and Literature specialist, Diana Tham. Through her stories, as well as works by her students, Diana shows students how to apply model structures and writing techniques to their own writing, providing them with strategies that will help to crystallise their... more...

  • The Snark Handbook: Clichés Editionby Lawrence Dorfman

    Skyhorse Publishing 2012; US$ 4.99

    CLICHÉ: noun Etymology: French, literally, printer's stereotype, from past participle of clichÉr, to stereotype, of imitative origin Date: 1892 1 : a trite phrase or expression; also : the idea expressed by it 2 : a hackneyed theme, characterization, or situation 3 : something that has become overly familiar or commonplace  In the words of Stephen... more...

  • The Economist Book of Ismsby John Andrews

    Profile Books 2010; US$ 13.31

    Entries include: Absurdism, Altruism, Antidisestablishmentarianism, Atheism, Bohemianism, Bonapartism, Buddhism, Capitalism, Careerism, Chauvinism, Colonialism, Cubism, Darwinism, Defeatism, Deism, Determinism, Eclecticism, Epicureanism, Eurocentrism, Expressionism, Fanaticism, Feminism, Freeganism, Freudianism, Futurism, Germanism, Globalism, Gnosticism,... more...

  • Spiel mit Grenzenby Andrea Schallenberg

    De Gruyter 2012; US$ 134.73

    Die kulturwissenschaftlich orientierte Studie untersucht die literarischen Konstruktionen von Geschlechterdifferenz in mittelhochdeutschen Verserzählungen. Als Merkmal einer genrespezifischen Poetik, so die These, wird in diesem spätmittelalterlichen Texttyp ein fiktionales 'Spiel' mit kulturell tradierten Entwürfen von Weiblichkeit und Männlichkeit... more...