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CULTURES LANGUAGES

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Witold Tulasiewicz
Teaching the Mother Tongue in a Multilingual Europe

In a time when the increasing cultural diversity and population mobility of the continent calls for good communication skills, this fascinating book features a wealth of data and critical opinion on the topic of mother tongue education.

2.
Martin E. Huld
Basic Albanian Etymologies

Basic Albanian Etymologies is an examination of 250 “core” or essential lexical entries intended to provide Indo-Europeanists and historical linguists with a base from which the historical features of Albanian can be deduced. In evaluating previous etymological opinions, I have tried to remain skeptical even before the work of such masters of philologicallore as Pedersen, Jokl, and Hamp. I have done so out of no disrespect for their work but from a conviction that no etymology should be accepted for its author alone. I fully expect, and hope, that my own views will receive similar scrutiny in their turn.

In as far as the data permit, the dialect records have been assembled and checked in order to illuminate the anterior stages of Albanian linguistic history. For this reason I have specifically avoided relying on Kristoforidhi1s Ac£ikov since much of
that material cannot now be rechecked. In the absence of a definite relative chronology, the exactness of the two attempted stages of Proto-Albanian must remain provisional. More complete dialect documentation must appear before certainty in the reconstruction of Proto-Albanian is achieved. Pains, however, have been taken in reconstructing Indo-European etymologies in order to specify the phonetic shape of the proto-form as precisely as possible. …

3.
D. Weir
Ulysses Explained: How Homer, Dante, and Shakespeare Inform Joyce’s Modernist Vision

When it comes to James Joyce’s landmark work, Ulysses , the influence of three literary giants, Homer, Shakespeare, and Dante, cannot be overlooked. Examining Joyce in terms of Homeric narrative, Dantesque structure, and Shakespearean plot, Weir rediscovers Joyce’s novel through the lens of his renowned predecessors.

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Writing Blockbuster Plots: A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Plot, Structure, and Scene

Plotting a story filled with memorable, engaging scenes from beginning to end can feel like an insurmountable challenge. Having the right plan – and the tools to execute it – can make all the difference. Writing Blockbuster Plots pulls back the curtain on story structure with step-by-step strategies and visuals that turn plotting and scene writing into a no-stress endeavor.

In this completely revised and updated edition, celebrated writing instructor and plot consultant Martha Alderson helps you navigate the intricacies of story with the help of her exclusive Plot Planner and Scene Tracker tools. Using Alderson’s effective, accessible techniques, you’ll be able to:

PLOT your story from beginning to end with a focus on dramatic action, the emotional development of your characters, and thematic significance.
ENSURE that each scene contributes meaningfully to the narrative by tracking the seven essential elements of scene.
LINK scenes by cause and effect to create a tight, seamless narrative.
INJECT tension and conflict to keep readers glued to the page.
TARGET weak areas in your story and learn how to fix them.

Filled with examples from both classic and contemporary novels, as well as illustrations of the Plot Planner and Scene Tracker in action, Writing Blockbuster Plots strips the confusion out of the plotting process, enabling you to write a story that deserves a standing ovation.

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Richard E. Prior
The Everything Essential Latin Book: All You Need to Learn Latin in No Time

The basics of Latin made fun–and fast!

Learning the basics of Latin can vastly improve your vocabulary and even provide keys to understanding legal, medical, and scientific terminology. The Everything Essential Latin Book is your perfect introduction to this fascinating language. With easy-to-follow instructions and simple explanations, this portable guide covers the most important basics of Latin, including:

The Roman alphabet and translation
The all-important syntax of Latin
Getting someone’s attention and giving commands
Common questions and answers
Describing people and places
Verb tenses
Grammatical voice

With The Everything Essential Latin Book, you’ll be speaking like an ancient Roman in no time!

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