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Speaking American: How Y’all, Youse , and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide

By: Katz, Josh

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ISBN: 0544703391

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Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World

By: Kelly, Nataly/Zetzsche, Jost

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Publisher: PERIGEE BOOKS:

Seller ID: 9780399537974

ISBN: 039953797X

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Translation. It's everywhere we look, but seldom seen--until now. "Found in Translation" reveals the surprising and complex ways that translation shapes the world. Covering everything from holy books to hurricane warnings and poetry to peace treaties, Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche offer language lovers and pop culture fans alike an insider's view of the ways in which translation spreads culture, fuels the global economy, prevents wars, and stops the outbreak of disease. Examples include how translation plays a key role at Google, Facebook, NASA, the United Nations, the Olympics, and more.... View more info

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Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms

By: Keyes, Ralph

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Publisher: LITTLE BROWN & CO INC:

Seller ID: 9780316056564

ISBN: 0316056561

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How did die become kick the bucket, underwear become unmentionables, and having an affair become hiking the Appalachian trail? Originally used to avoid blasphemy, honor taboos, and make nice, euphemisms have become embedded in the fabric of our language. EUPHEMANIA traces the origins of euphemisms from a tool of the church to a form of gentility to today's instrument of commercial, political, and postmodern doublespeak. As much social commentary as a book for word lovers, EUPHEMANIA is a lively and thought-provoking look at the power of words and our power over them. View more info

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Language and Culture (Oxford Introductions to Language Study)

By: Kramsch, Claire

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Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PR:

Seller ID: 9780194372145

ISBN: 0194372146

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This book offers an accessible survey of key language concepts such as social context and cultural authenticity, using insights from fields including linguistics, sociology, and anthropology. View more info

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Metaphors We Live By

By: Lakoff, George

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Publisher: UNIV OF CHICAGO PR:

Seller ID: 9780226468013

ISBN: 0226468011

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The now-classic "Metaphors We Live By" changed our understanding of metaphor and its role in language and the mind. Metaphor, the authors explain, is a fundamental mechanism of mind, one that allows us to use what we know about our physical and social experience to provide understanding of countless other subjects. Because such metaphors structure our most basic understandings of our experience, they are "metaphors we live by"--metaphors that can shape our perceptions and actions without our ever noticing them. In this updated edition of Lakoff and Johnson's influential book, the authors s... View more info

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Lexicographer's Dilemma: The Evolution of 'Proper' English, from Shakespeare to

By: Lynch, Jack

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Publisher: FRANK R WALKER CO (IL):

Seller ID: 9780802717009

ISBN: 0802717004

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For language buffs and lexicographers, copy editors and proofreaders, and anyone who appreciates the connection between language and culture--the illuminating story of "proper English." In its long history, the English language has had many lawmakers--those who have tried to regulate, or otherwise organize, the way we speak. "The Lexicographer's Dilemma "offers the first narrative history of these endeavors, showing clearly that what we now regard as the only "correct" way to speak emerged out of specific historical and social conditions over the course of centuries. As literary historia... View more info

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What is English?: And Why Should We Care?

By: Machan, Tim WIlliam

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Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PR: 7/21/2016

Seller ID: 9780199601257

ISBN: 0199601259

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What is English? Can we be as certain as we usually are when we say something is not English? To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them. Finding an account that fits the constantly changing varieties of English is, Tim Machan finds, anything but simple. But he rises to the challenge, grappling with i... View more info

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Do You Speak American?

By: MacNeil, Robert

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Seller ID: 9780385511988

ISBN: 0385511981

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Is American English in decline? Are regional dialects dying out? Is there a difference between men and women in how they adapt to linguistic variations? These questions, and more, about our language catapulted Robert MacNeil and William Cran--the authors (with Robert McCrum) of the language classic "The Story of English"--across the country in search of the answers. "Do You Speak American?" is the tale of their discoveries, which provocatively show how the standard for American English--if a standard exists--is changing quickly and dramatically. On a journey that takes them from the No... View more info

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Globish

By: McCrum, Robert

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Publisher: W W NORTON & CO INC: 8/22/2012

Seller ID: 9780393062557

ISBN: 0393062554

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It seems impossible: a small island in the North Atlantic, colonized by Rome, then pillaged for hundreds of years by marauding neighbors, becomes the dominant world power in the nineteenth century. Equally unlikely, a colony of that island nation, across the Atlantic, grows into the military and cultural colossus of the twentieth century. How? By the sword, of course; by trade and industrial ingenuity; but principally, and most surprisingly, by the power of their common language. In this provocative and compelling new look at the course of empire, Robert McCrum, coauthor of the best-selling bo... View more info

Story of English

By: McCrum, Robert

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Publisher: 4/19/2017

Seller ID: 9780670804672

ISBN: 0670804673

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Story of English

By: McCrum, Robert

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Publisher: 4/19/2017

Seller ID: 42250800

ISBN: 42250800

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American Language: An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United Sta

By: Mencken, H. L.

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Publisher: 4/21/2013

Seller ID: 314847

ISBN: 314847

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American Language: An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United Sta

By: Mencken, H. L.

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Publisher: 4/21/2013

Seller ID: 59324199

ISBN: 59324199

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American Language: An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United Stat

By: Mencken, H. L.

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Publisher: 4/21/2013

Edition: 4

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ISBN: 0394733150

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American Language: Fourth Edition, Correct Englarged and Rewrtitten

By: Mencken, H.L.

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Publisher: 6/9/2013

Seller ID: 255961

ISBN: 255961

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Less than Words can Say

By: Mitchell, Richard

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Seller ID: 0316575062

ISBN: 0316575062

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Way We Talk Now

By: Nunberg, Geoffrey

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Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN: 4/25/2014

Seller ID: 9780618116034

ISBN: 0618116036

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Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language

By: O'Conner, Patricia T.

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Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE INC:

Seller ID: 9780812978100

ISBN: 0812978102

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Do you cringe when a talking head pronounces "niche" as NITCH? Do you get bent out of shape when your teenager begins a sentence with "and"? Do you think British spellings are more "civilised" than the American versions? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you're myth-informed. In Origins of the Specious, word mavens Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman reveal why some of grammar's best-known "rules" aren't--and never were--rules at all. This playfully witty, rigorously researched book sets the record straight about bogus word origins, politically correct fictions, phony ... View more info

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Orality and Literacy (New Accents)

By: Ong, Watler J.

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Seller ID: 9780415027960

ISBN: 0415027969

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'Professor Ong has managed to synthesize an incredible amount of thought and at the same time has carried some of his earlier ideas still further. Orality and Literacy should become a classic. It is eminently assignable for undergraduate courses' - Professor John Ahern 'No comparable work on this important subject exists. Thanks to the lucidity of its style and presentation of complex thought, this is a work that will be accessible and useful...it will be the standard introduction to this topic for some years to come' - Choice 'Professor Walter Ong's new book explores some of the prof... View more info

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Language Instinct

By: Pinker, Steven

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Publisher: 8/9/2013

Seller ID: 9780060976514

ISBN: 0060976519

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