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The ancient Egyptian language
Our Price: £22.49
This book, the first of its kind, examines how the phonology and grammar of the ancient Egyptian language changed over more than three thousand years ...
English compounds and their spelling
Our Price: £76.50
Anyone writing texts in English is constantly faced with the unavoidable question whether to use open spelling (drinking fountain), hyphenation (far-o...

Lingo
Our Price: £8.99
Welcome to Europe as you've never known it before, seen through the peculiarities of its languages and dialects. Combining linguistics and cultural hi...
The Accidental Apostrophe
Our Price: £7.19
Sunday Times bestselling author Caroline Taggart brings her usual gently humorous approach to punctuation, pointing out what really matters and what d...

The older person's guide to new stuff
Our Price: £9.99
A handy guide for anyone who says, 'The Facebook' or 'The Google' or who asks, 'Do they deliver emails on Sunday?' This is a book for the elderly and ...
Seriously funny, and other oxymorons
Our Price: £8.99
'Brilliant! Will make a perfect Xmas stocking filler' Bronya Ralley'Delightful. This dip-in-anywhere book put a smile on my face from the first page ....

Through the language glass
Our Price: £8.99
Guy Deutscher is that rare beast, an academic who talks good sense about linguistics... he argues in a playful and provocative way, that our mother t...
The unfolding of language
Our Price: £8.99
'Language is mankind's greatest invention - except of course, that it was never invented.' So begins Guy Deutscher's fascinating investigation into th...

Is that a fish in your ear?
Our Price: £8.99
Is That a Fish in Your Ear? by David Bellos asks: how do we really make ourselves understood to other people? This funny, wise and life-affirming lang...
Quantitative research methods for linguistics
Our Price: £28.79
Quantitative Research Methods for Linguistics provides an accessible introduction to research methods for undergraduates undertaking research for th...

The secret life of language
Our Price: £11.69
This book looks at how language has evolved around the globe from ancestral proto-languages to our recognisable modern tongues. It demonstrates how la...
Motherfocl?ir
Our Price: £9.89
Bestseller & Winner of the Popular Non-Fiction Irish Book Award. 'Thought-provoking, irreverent and often laugh-out-loud hilarious' Irish Independ...

Now you're talking
Our Price: £18.00
Being able to speak is what makes us human.If you've ever felt the shock of listening to a recording of your own voice, you realise how important your...
English grammar
Our Price: £44.99
This best-selling comprehensive descriptive grammar forms a complete course, ideal for all students studying English Language, whether on a course or ...

That's not English
Our Price: £8.09
In this brilliant transatlantic survival guide, Erin Moore examines the key differences between the British and the Americans through their language. ...
English with an accent
Our Price: £32.39
Since its initial publication, English with an Accent has provoked debate and controversy within classrooms through its in-depth scrutiny of American ...

The happiness dictionary
Our Price: £13.49
'A delightful compendium' - Evening StandardHave you ever had a feeling that you couldn't quite describe, because no English word exists for it?Indeed...
Stories of daily life from the Roman world
Our Price: £11.69
What did Roman children do first when they arrived at school in the morning? What excuse for missing school could be counted on to stave off a whippin...

Vulgar tongues
Our Price: £13.49
Slang is the language of pop culture, low culture, street culture, underground movements and secret societies; depending on your point of view, it is ...
Do not pluck the beard of a stranger ... and other wise Gaelic proverbs
Our Price: £5.99
A collection of proverbs in the original Gaelic, and translated into English covering family, work, money, self-Improvement and food and drink amongst...

Hellenistic and biblical Greek
Our Price: £27.89
This Hellenistic Greek reader is designed for students who have completed one or more years of Greek and wish to improve their reading ability and gai...
Red herrings and white elephants
Our Price: £7.19
Bold as brass, cold feet, cock and bull, off the cuff, red herrings and white elephants - we use these phrases every day and yet have only the vaguest idea of where many of them come from. The origins of hundreds of common phrases are explained in this book.

The story of be
Our Price: £11.69
It's the most simple, unassuming, innocent-looking verb: 'to be'. Yet it is jam-packed with more different meanings, forms, and uses than any other En...
Rhetorical processes and legal judgments
Our Price: £18.89
Over the last several decades legal scholars have plumbed law's rhetorical life. Scholars have done so under various rubrics, with law and literature ...

Photojournalism
Our Price: £80.99
This book explores the role of photographs in newspapers and online news, analyzing how meanings are made in images and exploring text-image relations...
Politicians and rhetoric
Our Price: £49.49
This analysis of the rhetoric of nine successfully persuasive politicians explains how their use of language created credible and consistent stories a...

Swear!ng is g*od f*r you
Our Price: £11.69
Swearing, it turns out, is an incredibly useful part of our linguistic repertoire. Not only has some form of swearing existed since the earliest human...
Coming home
Our Price: £11.69
'Some part of me believed I would become a more complete person if I spoke Irish, more in tune with my roots, my identity, my very being.' 'I was o...

The story of English in 100 words
Our Price: £8.09
Featuring Latinate and Celtic words, weasel words and nonce-words, ancient words ('loaf') to cutting edge ('twittersphere') and spanning the indispens...
The stories of linguistics
Our Price: £24.29
What is the nature of human language? How did it originate? How are different languages connected?Exploring over two thousand years of human enquiry, ...

Language and linguistics
Our Price: £17.99
A comprehensive and critical A-Z guide to the main terms and concepts used in the study of language and linguistics, definitions featured include: te...
Fucking apostrophes
Our Price: £6.29
'At last, a book that tells you exactly where to stick your apostrophe ... funny and useful, the perfect stocking filler.' David Marsh, Guardian Apos...

The horse, the wheel, and language
Our Price: £21.60
Roughly half the world's population speaks languages derived from a shared linguistic source known as Proto-Indo-European. But who were the early spea...
All that glisters ...
Our Price: £8.99
Quotations - or snippets from them - are commonly used in everyday speech, most often without the speaker knowing where they came from. From words of ...

Statistical analyses for language testing
Our Price: £31.49
Provides a step-by-step approach to the most useful statistical analyses for language test developers and researchers using IBM SPSS, Winsteps and Fac...
Oxford dictionary of word origins
Our Price: £9.99
Combining both accessibility and authority, the Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins describes the origins and development of over 3,000 words and phrase...

From amourette to Zal
Our Price: £8.99
Fjaka: the sublime state of aspiring to do absolutely nothing. Warmduscher: a 'warm showerer', meaning a bit of a wimp. Tener mano izquierda: literall...
Pardon my French
Our Price: £8.99
From sugar-cube etiquette to why the Marseillaise is all about slaughtering Austrians and Prussians as bloodily as possible, Charles Timoney lays bare the Gallic mindset alongside their bizarre language.

The horologicon
Our Price: £8.09
FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER THE ETYMOLOGICON Mark Forsyth presents a delightfully eccentric day in the life of unusual,...
English for journalists
Our Price: £19.79
English for Journalists has established itself as an invaluable guide to the basics of English in newsrooms the world over, focusing on the essential ...

Moranifesto
Our Price: £8.09
'I've lived through ten iOS upgrades on my Mac - and that's just something I use to muck about on Twitter. Surely capitalism is due an upgrade or two?...
The horologicon
Our Price: £11.69
The Horologicon (or book of hours) gives you the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to the hour of the day when yo...

An apple a day
Our Price: £6.29
Does absence really make the heart grow fonder? Can beggars be choosers? Is it always better late than never?Proverbs are short, well-known, pithy say...
The ultimate Cockney geezer's guide to rhyming slang
Our Price: £6.29
Would you Adam and Eve it? Over a hundred years after it was first heard on the streets of Ye Olde London Towne, Cockney rhyming slang is still going ...

Speaking in tongues
Our Price: £9.00
Ever feel like you are pedalling in the choucroute? Been caught with your beard in the mailbox again? Or maybe you just wish everyone would stop ironi...
A dictionary of R.A.F. slang
Our Price: £5.39
For ANYONE WHO IMAGINES THEMSELVES FLYING A SPITFIRE.Drop your visiting cards, put aside your beer-lever, stop being a half-pint hero and discover the...

The book of common prayer
Our Price: £9.89
'In the midst of life we are in death.' The words of the Book of Common Prayer have permeated deep into the English language all over the world. Fo...
Tip of the tongue
Our Price: £7.19
A thoughtful and deeply personal book by master theatre-maker Peter Brook, described by the Independent as 'our greatest living theatre director'. In...

English Gypsy language
Our Price: £7.19
George Henry Borrow was an English author who wrote novels and travelogues based on his own experiences around Europe. Over the course of his wanderings, he developed a close affinity with the Romani people. This book looks at English Gypsy language.
A little book of Latin for gardeners
Our Price: £11.69
How did the delphinium get its name? Which parts of the body lend their names to auriculas and orchids? Who are the gentian, lobelia and heuchera name...