In the Middle Ages, it was believed they had come out of Egypt. And yet their language shares a number of words with Greek, and has its roots in India...
Explores the complex role that language plays in the construction of sexuality and gender, two concepts that are often discussed separately, although in practice are closely intertwined. This book draws...
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This Very Short Introduction deals with the social life of language, presenting a succinct account of the most important aspects - both "micro" and "macro" - of sociolinguistics, such as...
Many of the popular, often prophetic, phrases that we use on a day-to-day basis have their roots in traditional folklore. This book is filled with sayings, legends and proverbs derived...
Raymond Williams' seminal exploration of the history of meaning of some of the most important words in the English language.
Idioms are often hilarious, and they provide a wonderful window on how different cultures see the world. Whether you are a linguist or just a lover of words and ...
Including information about English language, culture, history and power, this title traces the way that the English language as twisted and turned in response to the way the world has...
Lexicon of the Mouth surveys the oral cavity as the central channel by which self and surrounding are brought into relation. Questions of embodiment and agency,...
Umberto Eco; William Weaver
The extraordinary historical consequences of errors and fictional inventions.
Surprising, thought-provoking and incredibly enjoyable, there is no other book like it - Steven Pinker will revolutionise the way you think about language. He analyses...
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...
Let me be clear. This book does not contain a raft of measures to address issues around the abuse of the English language. It is not a forward offering to...
Half the world's languages are threatened with extinction, as English and other top 20 languages drive all before them. This work offers the author's journeys among the speakers of languages...
Explore the hidden meaning of symbols with this unique, illustrated thesaurus packed with 1,001 symbols from East and West throughout the ages