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The Welsh Language: A History

by Janet Davies

The most up-to-date history and assessment of one of Europe's oldest living languages.


The Naming of the Shrew

by John Wright

Latin names – frequently unpronounceable, all too often wrong and always a tiny puzzle to unravel – have been annoying the layman since they first became formalised as scientific terms in the eighteenth...


The Word at War

by Philip Gooden & Peter Lewis

War words have embedded themselves in our collective psyche; British politicians are fond of invoking the ‘Dunkirk spirit’ whenever the country is faced with major crisis or even minor adversity, and Roosevelt’s...


Not Like a Native Speaker: On Languaging as a Postcolonial Experience

by Rey Chow

Although the era of European colonialism has long passed, misgivings about the inequality of the encounters between European and non-European languages persist in many parts of the postcolonial world. This unfinished...


Historical Sociolinguistics

by Terttu Nevalainen & Helena Raumolin-Brunberg

This volume presents a sociolinguistic perspective on the history of the English language. Based on original empirical research, it discusses the social factors that promoted linguistic changes in earlier English,...


A History of American English

by J. L. Dillard

This impressive volume provides a chronological, narrative account of the development of American English from its earliest origins to the present day.


History of Linguistics Vol III: Renaissance and Early Modern Linguistics

by Giulio Lepschy

TheHistory of Linguistics, to be published in five volumes, aims to provide the reader with an authoritative and comprehensive account of the attitudes to language prevailing in different civilizations and in...


Mechanisms of Syntactic Change

by Charles N. Li

Historical linguistics, the oldest field in linguistics, has been traditionally dominated by phonological and etymological investigations. Only in the late twentieth century have linguists begun to focus their...


Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas

by John Pollack

A presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton explores the hidden power of analogy to fuel thought, connect ideas, spark innovation, and shape outcomes

From the meatpacking plants that inspired Henry Ford's...


War Slang: American Fighting Words & Phrases Since the Civil War, Third Edition

by Paul Dickson

From the homegrown "boodle" of the 19th century to current "misunderstandistan" in the Middle East, America's foremost expert on slang reveals military lingo at its most colorful, innovative, brutal, and ironic....


The Languages of Native America: Historical and Comparative Assessment

by Lyle Campbell & Marianne Mithun

These essays were drawn from the papers presented at the Linguistic Society of America's Summer Institute at the State University of New York at Oswego in 1976. The contents are as follows: Lyle Campbell and...


Varieties of Modern English: An Introduction

by Diane Davies

The 'story' of English is continually re-told and re-written, as more and more people use the language and have a part in shaping the way it develops.

Varieties of Modern English provides a critical introduction...


A Linguistic History of Italian

by Martin Maiden

A Linguistic History of Italian offers a clear and concise explanation of why modern Italian grammar has become the way it is. It focuses on the effects of historical changes on the modern structure of Italian,...


The English Language: Structure and Development

by Stanley Hussey

The 'correct' use of English has been the subject of vigorous debate in recent years. But what defines 'correctness' in our use of language? And how has this altered over time? In this authoritative survey of...


Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers

by Paul Dickson

An entertaining, illuminating lexicography of words coined by authors throughout the ages, published on the �sesquiquadricentennial� (450th anniversary) of Shakespeare's birth.

William Shakespeare's written...


Problems and Perspectives: Studies in the Modern French Language

by Wendy Ayres-Bennett, Janice Carruthers & Rosalind Temple

Problems and Perspectives- Studies in the Modern French Language looks at a number of interesting or problematic areas in the phonology, morphology, syntax and lexis of the French language and encourages the...


Aboriginal Ways of Using English

by Diana Eades

Written by one of the pioneers of the field of forensic linguistics, this collection presents 30 years of research and writings that focus on the distinct dialect of English spoken in Australia known as Aboriginal...


The History of the English Language: A Sourcebook

by DAVID BURNLEY

This second edition of The History of the English Language- A Sourcebook provides a comprehensive and accessible guide to the origins and development of the English language. First published in 1992, the book...


Japanese Hieroglossia

by Jean-Noël Robert & Liz Libbrecht

At a very early stage, Japanese civilization asserted itself in a relationship of “linguistic competition” with Chinese, in both the religious, the literary, and the intellectual spheres. This cultural symbiosis...


ZOUNDS!

by Mark Dunn & Sergio Aragones

From Geronimo! to gesundheit to haminahamina to holy mackerel, and from abracadabra to zoinks, Mark Dunn and Sergio Aragonés show you interjections like you've never seen them before.

Often thought of as unnecessary...