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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


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Title: Understanding English Grammar
Subtitle: A Linguistic Introduction
Written By: Thomas E Payne
Description:

Language is primarily a tool for communication, yet many textbooks still treat
English grammar as simply a set of rules and facts to be memorised by rote.
This new textbook is made for students who are frustrated with this approach
and would like instead to understand grammar and how it works. Why are there
two future tenses in English? What are auxiliaries and why are they so
confusing? Why are English motion verbs hard to use? Why are determiners so
important in English? These and many other frequently asked questions are
answered in this handy guide. Student learning is supported with numerous
exercises, chapter summaries and suggestions for further reading. An
accompanying website offers further resources, including additional classroom
exercises and a chance to interact with the author. It is the essential
grammar toolkit for students of English language and linguistics and future
teachers of English as a Second Language.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Documentation
Morphology
Syntax
Typology
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521763290
ISBN-13: 9780521763295
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521757118
ISBN-13: 9780521757119
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