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  • Don't Believe A Word

    The Surprising Truth About Language

    ***'Wonderful. You finish the book more alive than ever to the enduring mystery and miracle of that thing that makes us most human' STEPHEN FRY'Most popular books on language dumb down; Shariatmadari's smartens things up, and is all the more entertaining for it' THE SUNDAY TIMES, a Book of the Year'A meaty, rewarding and necessary read' GUARDIAN'Fascinating and thought-provoking . . . cramme... ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Don't Sleep, There are Snakes

    Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

    Although Daniel Everett was a missionary, far from converting the Pirahãs, they converted him. He shows the slow, meticulous steps by which he gradually mastered their language and his gradual realisation that its unusual nature closely reflected its speakers' startlingly original perceptions of the world.Everett describes how he began to realise that his discoveries about the Pirahã language ... Read more

    $12.31 AUD

  • The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition

    'The Elements of Style' (1918), by William Strunk, Jr., is an American English writing style guide. It is the best-known, most influential prescriptive treatment of English grammar and usage, and often is required reading and usage in U.S. high school and university composition classes. This edition of 'The Elements of Style' details eight elementary rules of usage, ten elementary principles of ... Read more

    $0.99 AUD

  • Word Perfect

    Etymological Entertainment For Every Day of the Year

    by Susie Dent ...
    'Susie Dent is a one-off. She breathes life and fun into words and language' Pam Ayres'Susie Dent is a national treasure' Richard OsmanWelcome to a year of wonder with Susie Dent, lexicographer, logophile, and longtime queen of Countdown's Dictionary Corner.From the real Jack the Lad to the theatrically literal story behind stealing someone's thunder, from tartle (forgetting someone... ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • A Place For Everything

    The Curious History of Alphabetical Order

    Few of us think much of the alphabet and its familiar sing-song order once we’ve learned it as children. And yet the order of the alphabet, that simple knowledge that we take for granted, plays far more of a role in our lives than we usually consider. From the school register to the telephone book, from dictionaries and encyclopaedias to the library shelves, our lives are ordered from A to Z.This ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • Can You Eat, Shoot and Leave? (Workbook)

    The punctuation workout for sticklers and rookies alike.The punctuation panda is back!Armed with a permanent marker, a smidgen of confidence, and a copy of ‘Can You Eat, Shoot and Leave?’, everyone now has the chance to become a member of the punctuation elite.Established punctuation sticklers:Fine-tune existing skills, taking guilty pleasure from testing your (already somewhat unsettling) seventh ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • Wordslut

    A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

    A brash, enlightening and wildly entertaining feminist look at gendered language and the way it shapes us.English is scattered with perfectly innocuous words that have devolved into insults hurled at women. The word “bitch” originally meant male or female genitalia. “Hussy” was simply a housewife, and “slut” was an untidy man or woman.Feminist linguist Amanda Montell explains why words matter and ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Have You Eaten Grandma?

    Pedantic about punctuation or scrupulous about spelling? You'll love this hilarious and definitive guide to 21st century language from grammar-guru Gyles Brandreth'Brilliant, clear, entertaining, very funny and often outright silly. Brandreth excels . . . in all his linguistic joie de vivre' Guardian__________Why, like, does everyone keep saying 'like'?Why do apostrophe's keep turning up in t... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • English Grammar: The Basics

    series The Basics
    English Grammar: The Basics offers a clear, non-jargonistic introduction to English grammar and its place in society. Rather than taking a prescriptive approach, this book helps the reader become aware of the social implications of choices they make to use standard or non-standard (regional/dialect) forms.Readers will consider:• what grammar is and how it fits into the structure of language;• how ... Read more

    $30.24 AUD

  • The Story of English

    How the English language conquered the world

    by Philip Gooden ...
    Born as a Germanic tongue with the arrival in Britain of the Anglo-Saxons in the early medieval period, heavily influenced by Norman French from the 11th century, and finally emerging as modern English from the late Middle Ages, the English language has grown to become the linguistic equivalent of a superpower.Worldwide some 380 million people speak English as a first language and some 600 million ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • The Mother Tongue

    English and How it Got that Way

    by Bill Bryson ...
    “Vastly informative and vastly entertaining…A scholarly and fascinating book.” —Los Angeles TimesWith dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language.From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can’t), to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Exploring English Grammar

    From formal to functional

    This engaging textbook bridges the gap between traditional and functional grammar. Starting with a traditional approach, students will develop a firm grasp of traditional tools for analysis and learn how SFG (Systemic Functional Grammar) can be used to enrich the traditional formal approach.Using a problem-solving approach, readers explore how grammatical structures function in different contexts ... Read more

    $71.05 AUD

  • Guns, Germs And Steel

    A short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years

    by Jared Diamond ...
    This book answers the most obvious, the most important, yet the most difficult question about human history: why history unfolded so differently on different continents. Geography and biogeography, not race, moulded the contrasting fates of Europeans, Asians, Native Americans, sub-Saharan Africans, and aboriginal Australians.An ambitious synthesis of history, biology, ecology and linguistics, Guns ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Surgeon of Crowthorne

    A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary

    The making of the Oxford English Dictionary was a monumental 50 year task requiring thousands of volunteers. One of the keenest volunteers was a W C Minor who astonished everyone by refusing to come to Oxford to receive his congratulations. In the end, James Murray, the OED's editor, went to Crowthorne in Berkshire to meet him. What he found was incredible - Minor was a millionaire American civil ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Cultural Amnesia

    Notes in the Margin of My Time

    by Clive James ...
    'A gigantic book on a gigantic theme' - Sunday Times'Aphoristic and acutely provocative: a crash course in civilization' - J. M. CoetzeeWith three new essays and an introduction to the extras from the author, the special edition eBook adds new depth to an already absorbing book.A lifetime in the making, Cultural Amnesia is the book Clive James has always wanted to write. Organized from A through ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • The Etymologicon

    A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

    by Mark Forsyth ...
    THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER.'Witty and erudite ... stuffed with the kind of arcane information that nobody strictly needs to know, but which is a pleasure to learn nonetheless.' Nick Duerden, Independent.'Particularly good ... Forsyth takes words and draws us into their, and our, murky history.' William Leith, Evening Standard.The Etymologicon is an occasionally ribald, ... ... Read more

    $9.89 AUD

  • In a Manner of Speaking

    Phrases, Expressions, and Proverbs and How We Use and Misuse Them

    by Colin McNairn ...
    What do the whole kit and caboodle,” the whole shebang,” the whole megillah,” the whole enchilada,” the whole nine yards,” the whole box and dice,” and the full Monty” have in common? They’re all expressions that mean the entire quantity,” and they’re all examples of the breadth and depth of the English-speaking world’s vocabulary.From the multitude of words and phrases in daily use, the author of ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • The Story of English in 100 Words

    In this unique new history of the world's most ubiquitous language, linguistics expert David Crystal draws on words that best illustrate the huge variety of sources, influences and events that have helped to shape our vernacular since the first definitively English word was written down in the fifth century ('roe', in case you are wondering). Featuring Latinate and Celtic words, weasel words and ... Read more

    $10.11 AUD

  • Planet Word

    Unravel the mysteries of language with J.P. Davidson's remarkable Planet Word.'The way you speak is who you are and the tones of your voice and the tricks of your emailing and tweeting and letter-writing, can be recognised unmistakably in the minds of those who know and love you.' Stephen FryFrom feral children to fairy-tale princesses, secrets codes, invented languages - even a language that was ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

  • Quid Pro Quo

    What the Romans Really Gave the English Language

    by Peter Jones ...
    series Classic Civilisations
    Did you know that the word 'prestige' derives from the Latin word for 'illusion'? Or that 'infantry' stems from a Latin word meaning one who could not speak?In this original and highly entertaining book, Peter Jones reveals the roots of Latin words that are now common in the English language and shows how Romans actually used them in the ancient world.Covering every aspect of Roman life - from ... Read more

    $8.46 AUD

  • The Language Instinct

    How the Mind Creates Language

    by Steven Pinker ...
    'Dazzling...Pinker's big idea is that language is an instinct...as innate to us as flying is to geese...Words can hardly do justice to the superlative range and liveliness of Pinker's investigations'- Independent'A marvellously readable book...illuminates every facet of human language: its biological origin, its uniqueness to humanity, it acquisition by children, its grammatical structure, the ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Sense of Style

    The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

    by Steven Pinker ...
    Bad writing can't be blamed on the Internet, or on 'the kids today'. Good writing has always been hard: a performance requiring pretense, empathy, and a drive for coherence. In The Sense of Style, cognitive scientist and linguist Steven Pinker uses the latest scientific insights to bring us a style and usage guide for the 21st century. What do skilful writers know about the link between syntax and ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Dictionary of Clichés

    A Word Lover's Guide to 4,000 Overused Phrases and Almost-Pleasing Platitudes

    The largest, most comprehensive, and most entertaining reference of its kind, The Dictionary of Clichés features more than four thousand unique clichés and common expressions. Author Christine Ammer explores the phrases and terms that enliven our language and uncovers expressions that have long been considered dead. With each entry, she includes a thorough definition, origin of the term, and an ... Read more

    $18.99 AUD

  • Gift of the Gob

    Morsels of English Language History

    by Kate Burridge ...
    A book about the quirks of the English language from an Australian point of view, from popular author and ABC TV and Radio regular Kate Burridge. Morsels of English Language History. Why can we fall in love but not in hate?. What do codswallop and poppycock share?. Why not one house and two hice?. How come we scream blue murder, sing the blues and turn the air blue?In GIFt OF tHE GOB Professor of ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD