CULTURES / LANGUAGES
Teach Yourself. Correct English
This classic book by Brian Phythian has been updated and simplified to make it accessible and relevant to today’s readers. Never has the ability to express yourself well – in job interviews and presentations as well as in the writing of letters and reports – been more important. With an analysis of how English is used in a wide variety of contexts, ranging from the simple transmission of factual material (including journalism and advertising) to the sophisticated use of language in creative writing, this book will help you to improve your ability to express yourself clearly and correctly in both spoken and written English.
Paul Listen, Robert Di Donato
The Big Yellow Book of German Verbs: 555 Fully Conjuated Verbs
MGH’s Big Books not only include more verbs and a better selection than their competitors, but they also provide ample contextual examples that show you how the verbs are actually used. Features include:
555 fully conjugated verbs
Extensive examples illustrating basic meanings for the top 50 verbs
Clear coverage of the unique aspects of the language’s verbs
Family Life in the Middle Ages (Family Life Through History)
Mitchell takes a regional approach in exploring the lives of families in the Middle Ages. Starting with the late Roman families the first five chapters explore the roles of family members defined by tradition and law, what constituted a legal marriage and a family, to whom the children belonged, and who was included in the extended family.
Robert W. Bly
The Big Book Of Words You Should Know To Sound Smart: A Guide for Aspiring Intellectuals
The ultimate word book for aspiring intellectuals!
The most compendious collection of words for aspiring scholars, this book helps you hold your own in intellectual discourse. Featuring 2,400 sophisticated, obscure, and obtuse terms, each page provides you with the definitions you need to know to lock academic horns with the clerisy. From antebellum and eleemosynary to impasto and putative, you will quickly master hundreds of erudite phrases that will improve your conversational elegance.
Complete with definitions and sample sentences for each entry, The Big Book of Words You Should Know to Sound Smart will elevate your lexicon as you impress the susurration out of the perfervid hoi polloi.
Daniel Schreier, Marianne Hundt
English as a Contact Language
Recent developments in contact linguistics suggest considerable overlap of branches such as historical linguistics, variationist sociolinguistics, pidgin/creole linguistics, language acquisition, etc. This book highlights the complexity of contact-induced language change throughout the history of English by bringing together cutting-edge research from these fields. Special focus is on recent debates surrounding substratal influence in earlier forms of English (particularly Celtic influence in Old English), on language shift processes (the formation of Irish and overseas varieties) but also on dialects in contact, the contact origins of Standard English, the notion of new epicentres in World English, the role of children and adults in language change as well as transfer and language learning. With contributions from leading experts, the book offers fresh and exciting perspectives for research and is at the same time an up-to-date overview of the state of the art in the respective fields.