Language: history & general works

    How Language Began: The Story of Humanity\'s Greatest Invention

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    In his groundbreaking new book Daniel Everett seeks answers to questions that have perplexed thinkers from Plato to Chomsky: when and how did language begin? What is it? And what is it for? Daniel Everett confounds the conventional wisdom that language originated with Homo sapiens 150,000 years ago and that...

    Business Bullshit

    By Andre Spicer

    Paperback £16.88

    Our organizations are flooded with empty talk. We are constantly "going forward" to lands of "deliverables", stopping off on the "journey" to "drill down" into "best practice". Being an expert at using management speak has become more important in corporate life than delivering long lasting results. The upshot is that...

    English Phonetics and Pronunciation Practice

    By Inger M. Mees

    Paperback £23.68

    English Phonetics and Pronunciation Practice provides a unique introduction to basic articulatory phonetics for students of English. Built around an extensive collection of practice materials, this book teaches the pronunciation of modern standard non-regional British English to intermediate and advanced learners worldwide. This book: provides an up-to-date description of the...

    Seriously Funny, and Other Oxymorons

    By Simon Brett

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    A humorous gift book: collection of oxymorons, amusingly illustrated by Paul Thomas.

    Motherfocloir

    By Darach O'Seaghdha

    Hardback £9.05

    A humorous investigation of the Irish language.

    Literature of the Gaelic Landscape

    By John Murray

    Paperback £13.85

    Literature of the Gaelic Landscape compares Gaelic literature with other world traditions and their relationship to place and storytelling, providing an overview of how the literature relates to landscape and place over the ages.

    Away with Words

    By Joe Berkowitz

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    Fast Company reporter Joe Berkowitz investigates the bizarre and hilarious world of pun competitions from the Punderdome 3000 in Brooklyn to the World competition in Austin.When Joe Berkowitz witnessed his first Punderdome competition, it felt wrong in the best way.

    That\'s The Way It Crumbles: The American Conquest of English

    By Matthew Engel

    Hardback £12.65

    Are we tired of hearing that fall is a season, sick of being offered fries and told about the latest movie? Yeah. Have we noticed the sly interpolation of Americanisms into our everyday speech? You betcha. And are we outraged? Hell, yes. But do we do anything? Too much hassle....

    Quid Pro Quo

    By Peter Jones

    Paperback £8.45

    Emoji Code

    By Vyvyan Evans

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    The Emoji Code shows that, far from signalling the death knell of language, emoji works alongside the same structures that language has used for millennia and enriches our ability to communicate with one another - making us all better communicators.

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