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The Story of English in 100 Words
David Crystal
 
Featuring Latinate and Celtic words, weasel words and nonce-words, ancient word ('loaf') to advanced ('twittersphere') and spanning the indispensable words that shape our tongue ('and', 'what') to the more fanciful...
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Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing
Melissa Mohr
 
A humorous, trenchant and fascinating examination of how Western culture's taboo words have evolved over the millennia
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The English Language
Charles Barber; Joan Beal; Philip Shaw
 
This bestselling text by Charles Barber recounts the history of the English language from its ancestry to the present day.
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Plain Words
Plain Words (eBook ePub)
Gowers, Rebecca; Gowers, Ernest
 
'Be short, be simple, be human.'

When Sir Ernest Gowers first wrote Plain Words, it was intended simply as a guide to the proper use of English...
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Latin alive
Latin alive (Paperback)
Solodow, J.B.
 
This is the story of how Latin developed into modern French, Spanish, and Italian, and deeply affected English as well. Although the Romance languages evolved directly...
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English Historical Linguistics:...
Richard Dury; Maurizio Gotti; Marina...
 
The papers collected in this volume were first presented at the 14th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (Bergamo, 2006). Alongside studies of...
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One Language, Two Grammars?:...
Gunter Rohdenburg; Julia Schluter
 
An original volume focusing on British-American differences in the structure of words and sentences.
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Change, Chance, and Optimality
McMahon, April M.;
 
This book is about how languages change. It is also a critique of Optimality Theory - the dominant theory in contemporary phonology and increasingly influential throughout linguistics. The author sets...
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The Handbook of Historical...
Juan Manuel Hernandez Campoy; Juan...
 
The Handbook of Historical Sociolinguistics features 35 newly-written essays that explore how sociolinguistic theoretical models, methods, findings, and expertise can be applied to the process of reconstruction of a...
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The History of English Spelling
George Davidson; Christopher Upward
 
The History of English Spelling reveals the history of Modern English spelling, tracing its origins and development from Old English up to the present day. Includes a wealth of...
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Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction
P. H. Matthews
 
Covers the major aspects of linguistics. This guide begins at the 'arts' end of the subject and finishes at the 'science' end, with the discoveries regarding language in the brain...
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Languages: A Very Short Introduction
Stephen Anderson
 
How many languages are there? What differentiates one language from another? Are new languages still being discovered? Why are so many languages disappearing? These are some of the questions considered...
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An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary:...
E. A. Wallis Budge
 
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American Slang Dictionary and Thesaurus
Mary Elizabeth
 
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When the World Spoke French
Marc Fumaroli; Richard Howard
 
From the death of Louis XIV to the Revolution - in Sweden, Austria, Italy, Spain, England, Russia, and Germany; among kings and queens, diplomats, military leaders, writers, great ladies, and...
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