The Genius of Language: Fifteen Writers Reflect on Their Mother Tongue

By Wendy Lesser

Fifteen remarkable writers responded editor Wendy Lesser’s demand unique essays just about language–the one they grew up with, and the English during which they write.Despite American assumptions approximately well mannered chinese language discourse, Amy Tan believes that there has been not anything discreet in regards to the chinese with which she grew up. Leonard Michaels spoke in basic terms Yiddish till he was once 5, and nonetheless discovered its lines in his English language writing. Belgian-born Luc Sante enjoyed his French Tintin and his Sartre, yet simply in English may perhaps he locate “words of 1 syllable” that evoke American bars and bus stops. And even though Louis Begley writes novels in English and addresses family in Polish, he nonetheless speaks French along with his wife–the language in their courtship. As intimate as one’s goals, as inner most as a mystery identification, those essays research and display the writers’ delight, ache, and delight in studying a brand new tongue, revisiting an outdated one, and reconciling the fun and frustrations of every.

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Word Histories and Mysteries: From Abracadabra to Zeus (American Heritage Dictionaries)

Did you recognize that cats are comparable etymologically to caterpillars? Or that Thomas Edison performed a key function in popularizing using the greeting “Hello”? Or that muscular tissues have been initially mice, on the grounds that a flexed biceps feels like a bit rodent scurrying below the skin?

Word Histories and Mysteries presents a breathtaking view of the original richness of English, uncovering the origins of 5 hundred daily phrases whose superb and sometimes fun tales supply insights into the background of humankind. prepared in handy alphabetical order, the notes are written in a full of life and interesting kind excellent for looking. The reader can learn the way the most contemporary phrases, reminiscent of the pc time period wiki, have been coined, or hint the origins of English again to the Indo-European language spoken lengthy sooner than the discovery of writing.

A brief advent outlines the suggestions linguists use to track the historical past of phrases, and a convenient thesaurus explains the linguistic phrases that describe the ways that language adjustments over the years. pictures and drawings support familiarize the reader with the traditional gadgets or cultural practices from which our phrases have sprung.

Fascinating and enjoyable to learn, observe Histories and Mysteries is a perfect present for prime university or students attracted to language and for an individual who desires to recognize extra concerning the curious sounds we make to speak each day.

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There's a Word for It: The Explosion of the American Language Since 1900

By Sol Steinmetz

Be aware geeks (1984), have a good time! Crack open those covers and immerse your self in a mind-expanding (1963) compendium of the recent phrases (or new meanings of phrases) that experience sprung from American lifestyles to ignite the main very important, artistic, fruitful, and A-OK (1961) lexicographical tremendous Bang (1950) because the first no-brow (1922) Neanderthal grunted meaningfully.

From the flip of the 20th century to this day, our language has grown from round 90,000 new phrases to a few 500,000—at least, that’s today’s top guesstimate (1936). What bills for this quantum bounce (1924)? In There’s a note for It, language specialist Sol Steinmetz takes us on a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (1949) joyride (1908) via our nation’s cultural background, as visible during the neato (1951) phrases and phrases we’ve invented to explain all of it. From the quaintly genteel days of the 1900s (when we first heard phrases corresponding to nickelodeon, escalator, and, think it or no longer, Ms.) throughout the Roaring Twenties (the time of flappers, jalopies, and bootleg booze) to the postwar ’50s (the years of rock ’n’ roll, beatniks, and blast-offs) and into the recent millennium (with its blogs, Google, and Obamamania), this banquet for be aware fanatics is a boffo (1934) get together of linguistic esoterica (1929).

In chapters equipped through decade, each one with a full of life and informative narrative of the existence and language of the time, in addition to year-by-year lists of phrases that have been making their first visual appeal, There’s a be aware for It reveals how the yank tradition contributed to the evolution and growth of the English language and vice versa. in actual fact, it’s must-reading (1940). and never to disparage any of the umpteen (1918) different language books at the shelf—though they've got their percentage of hokum (1917) and gobbledygook (1944)—but this one really is the bee’s knees and the cat’s pajamas (1920s).

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International Handbook of English Language Teaching (Springer International Handbooks of Education)

This quantity guide offers a finished exam of coverage, perform, examine and conception with regards to English Language instructing in foreign contexts. greater than 70 chapters spotlight the examine beginning for most sensible practices, frameworks for coverage judgements, and components of consensus and controversy in moment language acquisition and pedagogy. The guide presents a different source for coverage makers, academic directors, and researchers excited by assembly the expanding call for for potent English language educating. It deals a strongly socio-cultural view of language studying and instructing. it truly is complete and worldwide in viewpoint with a variety of clean new voices in English language educating research.

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Premodifiers in English: Their Structure and Significance (Studies in English Language)

By Jim Feist

The order and behavior of the premodifier (an adjective, or different editing notice that looks prior to a noun) has lengthy been a puzzle to syntacticians and semanticists. Why do we say 'the real crimson ball', yet now not 'the purple real ball'? And why, conversely, perform a little different premodifiers have loose edition in sentences; for instance we will be able to say either 'German and English audio system' and 'English and German speakers'? Why do a little premodifiers switch the that means of a word in a few contexts; for instance 'young man', can suggest 'boyfriend', instead of 'man who's young'? Drawing on a corpus of over 4,000 examples of English premodifiers from a number genres comparable to ads, fiction and medical texts, and throughout a number of different types of English, this booklet synthesises learn into premodifiers and gives a brand new rationalization in their behaviour, order and use.

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Syntax: Structure, Meaning, and Function (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)

This e-book is an creation to syntactic idea and research that are used for either introductory and complicated classes in theoretical syntax. supplying a substitute for the traditional generative view of the topic, it offers with the foremost concerns in syntax with which all theories are involved. It offers syntactic phenomena from quite a lot of languages and introduces scholars to the foremost typological matters that syntactic theories needs to tackle. A beneficiant variety of workouts is incorporated, which offer perform with the thoughts brought within the textual content and likewise reveal the scholar to in-depth research of information from many languages. every one bankruptcy comprises feedback for extra analyzing which surround paintings from many theoretical views. A separate educating consultant is accessible.

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101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles at Normandy

By Mark Bando

This extraordinary examine the one hundred and first Airborne comprises images so infrequent, you will not think your eyes! Mark Bando made a big locate while he unearthed 50 colour pictures of the Screaming Eagles taken at Normandy. those photos, including firsthand debts and daily, minute-by-minute historical past of the a hundred and first Airborne, inform the tale of this elite struggling with crew. those tremendous infrequent photos, including greater than two hundred formerly unpublished archival pictures from the author's personal assortment, offer a dynamic examine those bold international conflict II paratroopers.

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Desperate Sons: Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, and the Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War

By Les Standiford

A groundbreaking narrative—a ancient political thriller—that explores the position of the Sons of Liberty within the American Revolution.

greater than 200 years in the past, a gaggle of British colonists in the US made up our minds that the stipulations lower than which they have been ruled had develop into insupportable. offended and annoyed that King George III and the British Parliament had neglected their lawful lawsuits and petitions, they determined to do so.

figuring out that their deeds—often directed at participants and property—were unlawful, and punishable via imprisonment or even demise, those agitators plotted and performed their missions in mystery to guard their identities in addition to the identities of these who supported them. Calling themselves the Sons of Liberty, they accumulated jointly in an intensive society dedicated to implementing forcible swap. these decided men—including moment cousins Samuel and John Adams, Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, and John Hancock—saw themselves as patriots. but to the Crown, and to a number of the Sons' fellow colonists, the revolutionaries have been terrorists who deserved demise for his or her treason.

during this gripping narrative, Les Standiford unearths how this crew of clever, devoted males, inspired via economics and political trust, begun a cautious crusade of interlocking occasions that might channel emotions of obscure injustice into an armed uprising of universal reason, which might defeat an empire and provides start to an intensive political experiment—a new kingdom often called the U.S..

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The Elephants of Style : A Trunkload of Tips on the Big Issues and Gray Areas of Contemporary American English

By Bill Walsh

recommendation on stable writing from everybody's favourite editorial curmudgeon

Persnickety, cantankerous, opinionated, enjoyable, hilarious, wise...these are a number of the adjectives reviewers used to explain good-writing maven invoice Walsh's past e-book, Lapsing right into a Comma. Now, deciding on up the place he left off in Lapsing, Walsh addresses the dozen or so largest concerns that each author or editor needs to grasp. He additionally bargains a trunkload of fine suggestion at the many little issues that upload as much as sturdy writing. that includes the entire parts that made Lapsing such a enjoyable learn, together with Walsh's trademark acerbic wit and interesting digressions on language and its discontents, The Elephants of favor provides:

  • Tips on how you can tame the "elephants of style"--the most crucial, often burdened components of fine writing
  • More of Walsh's renowned "Curmudgeon's Stylebook"--includes entries equivalent to Snarky Specificity, Metaphors, close to and much, truly is the recent Like, and different makes use of and misuses of language
  • Expert recommendation for writers and editors on how one can interact for top effects

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Command English (COEN) - Students' Book

By James Arnold, Robert Sacco

“Command English” via James Arnold and Robert Sacco. it's the first publication that includes army vocabulary i've got learn in my lifestyles. It’s a good well-known and got e-book, which because of many illustrations permits rookies to familiarize with the army vocabulary. the entire booklet is split into 20 devices, them all that includes thematic vocabulary on a specific topic – a space of army lifestyles. The booklet additionally comprises 4 growth exams, each one of them trying out five next devices. to aid the reader out with observe seek there's additionally a vocabulary record on the finish of the booklet. during this record, you could simply locate an unknown note and discuss with the correct bankruptcy for its utilization.

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