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The Official Dictionary of Unofficial English

By Grant Barrett
  • ISBN Code: : 0071491635
  • Publisher : McGraw Hill Professional
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Reference
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The words come from different countries where English is spoken, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, South Africa, and others The author's website has received more than 1.2 million hits since its launch in 2004, and he is frequently interviewed about language in publications such as the New York Times

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By Ruth Knott-Schroeder
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  • Publisher : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Book Code : 9781846429651
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Family & Relationships
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Parenting a child with autism can be isolating, draining, and stressful. Parenting a neurotypical child alongside them is even more complicated and confusing. Coach Yourself through the Autism Spectrum offers an opportunity to access your inner creativity, resourcefulness, strengths, and abilities in order to create positive change in your family. Short sections on common problems such as visits to the doctor, community outings, bullying and child care make this book easy to read from start to finish, or dip into as needed. There are tips for taking care of your own physical and emotional health, and each section features relevant examples from other families in the same situation, and practical and thought-provoking coaching exercises to help you decide on an action plan that's right for you. This book offers hope and support for anyone parenting or caring for a child on the autism spectrum.

The Life of Slang

By Julie Coleman
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  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Book Code : 0191630721
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 593
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Bad-ass, bee's knees, and bomb-diffity - slang rules Teachers, politicians, broadcasters, and parents complain of the slang-infested language of today's teenagers. But slang has been around for centuries, always troubling those who take a purist line on the English language. In this entertaining book, Julie Coleman traces the development of slang across the English-speaking world and explores why and how it flourishes. She makes use of a marvellous array of sources, including newly available online records of the Old Bailey, machine-searchable historical newspaper collections, slang users themselves, scholarly works, and the latest tweets. It is a book guaranteed to teach you some new words that you shold never use in polite company.

Essays on Lexicon, Lexicography, Terminography in Russian, American and Other Cultures

By Olga Karpova,Faina Kartashkova
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  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Book Code : 1443806455
  • Total of Pages : 265
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 790
  • Pdf File: essays-on-lexicon-lexicography-terminography-in-russian-american-and-other-cultures.pdf

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The book contains a collection of works devoted to the most topical issues of modern linguistics, including сross-cultural communication, various aspects of theoretical and practical lexicography, terminology and terminography. Papers contributed are divided into four major sections. Cultural Aspects in Different Linguistic and Lexicographic Traditions deals with analysis of cultural aspects of language and lexicography with special reference to English, Russian, German, French, Arabic and other languages. User’s Perspective and Dictionary Use is devoted to discussion of research results in the field of user’s needs and demands received during social surveys in different countries. Terminology and Terminography reveals the latest tendencies in modern terminology formation, scientific knowledge engineering in languages for special purposes and professional communication, while New Dictionaries Projects presents models of new reference works. All those and many other topics were discussed at the VI-th International School-Seminar Lexicon, Lexicography, Terminography in Russian, American and Other Cultures held at Ivanovo State University, Russia, September 12-14, 2005.

Word by Word

By Kory Stamper
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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Book Code : 1101870958
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Reference
  • Members : 731
  • Pdf File: word.pdf

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“We think of English as a fortress to be defended, but a better analogy is to think of English as a child. We love and nurture it into being, and once it gains gross motor skills, it starts going exactly where we don’t want it to go: it heads right for the goddamned electrical sockets.” With wit and irreverence, lexicographer Kory Stamper cracks open the obsessive world of dictionary writing, from the agonizing decisions about what to define and how to do it to the knotty questions of ever-changing word usage. Filled with fun facts—for example, the first documented usage of “OMG” was in a letter to Winston Churchill—and Stamper’s own stories from the linguistic front lines (including how she became America’s foremost “irregardless” apologist, despite loathing the word), Word by Word is an endlessly entertaining look at the wonderful complexities and eccentricities of the English language.

Spanish-English Codeswitching in the Caribbean and the US

By Rosa E. Guzzardo Tamargo,Catherine M. Mazak,M. Carmen Parafita Couto
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  • Publisher : John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Book Code : 9027266670
  • Total of Pages : 326
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 850
  • Pdf File: spanish-english-codeswitching-in-the-caribbean-and-the-us.pdf

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This volume provides a sample of the most recent studies on Spanish-English codeswitching both in the Caribbean and among bilinguals in the United States. In thirteen chapters, it brings together the work of leading scholars representing diverse disciplinary perspectives within linguistics, including psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, theoretical linguistics, and applied linguistics, as well as various methodological approaches, such as the collection of naturalistic oral and written data, the use of reading comprehension tasks, the elicitation of acceptability judgments, and computational methods. The volume surpasses the limits of different fields in order to enable a rich characterization of the cognitive, linguistic, and socio-pragmatic factors that affect codeswitching, therefore, leading interested students, professors, and researchers to a better understanding of the regularities governing Spanish-English codeswitches, the representation and processing of codeswitches in the bilingual brain, the interaction between bilinguals’ languages and their mutual influence during linguistic expression.

A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries

By Julie Coleman
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  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Book Code : 0191563587
  • Total of Pages : 520
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 146
  • Pdf File: a-history-of-cant-and-slang-dictionaries.pdf

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This book continues Julie Coleman's acclaimed history of dictionaries of English slang and cant. It describes the increasingly systematic and scholarly way in which such terms were recorded and classified in the UK, the USA, Australia, and elsewhere, and the huge growth in the publication of and public appetite for dictionaries, glossaries, and guides to the distinctive vocabularies of different social groups, classes, districts, regions, and nations. Dr Coleman describes the origins of words and phrases and explores their history. By copious example she shows how they cast light on everyday life across the globe - from settlers in Canada and Australia and cockneys in London to gang-members in New York and soldiers fighting in the Boer and First World Wars - as well as on the operations of the narcotics trade and the entertainment business and the lives of those attending American colleges and British public schools. The slang lexicographers were a colourful bunch. Those featured in this book include spiritualists, aristocrats, socialists, journalists, psychiatrists, school-boys, criminals, hoboes, police officers, and a serial bigamist. One provided the inspiration for Robert Lewis Stevenson's Long John Silver. Another was allegedly killed by a pork pie. Julie Coleman's account will interest historians of language, crime, poverty, sexuality, and the criminal underworld.

Remade in France

By Valérie Saugera
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0190625554
  • Total of Pages : 200
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 523
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Remade in France: Anglicisms in the Lexicon and Morphology of French chronicles the current status of French Anglicisms, a popular topic in the history of the French language and a compelling example of the influence of global English. The abundant data come from primary sources-a large online newspaper corpus (for unofficial Anglicisms) and the dictionary (for official Anglicisms)-and secondary sources. This book examines the appearance and behavior of English items in the lexicon and morphology of French, and explains them in the context of French neology and lexical activity. The first phase of the latest contact period (1990-2015) has its own complex linguistic characterization, including a significant influx of nonce borrowings and very low frequency Anglicisms, heterogeneous and creative borrowing outcomes, and direct phraseological borrowing. This book is a counterargument to the well-known criticism that Anglicisms are lexical polluters. On the contrary, the use of Anglicisms requires the inventive application of complex linguistic rules, and the borrowing of Anglicisms into the French lexicon is convincing proof that language change is systematic. The findings bring novel interdisciplinary insights to the domains of borrowing in a non-bilingual contact setting; global English as a source of lexical creativity in the French lexicon; the phases, patterns and processes of integration of English loanwords; the morphology of borrowing; and computational corpus linguistics. The appended database is a snapshot of a synchronic period of linguistic contact and a useful lexicographic resource.

Ethnocentrism and the English Dictionary

By Phil Benson
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134599595
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 254
  • Pdf File: ethnocentrism-and-the-english-dictionary.pdf

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This unique work challenges the assumption that dictionaries act as objective records of our language, and instead argues that the English dictionary is a fundamentally ethnocentric work. Using theoretical, historical and empirical analyses, Phil Benson shows how English dictionaries have filtered knowledge through predominantly Anglo-American perspectives. The book includes a major case study of the most recent edition of the Oxford English Dictionary and its treatment of China.

The Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa (Travel Guide eBook)

By Rough Guides
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  • Publisher : Apa Publications (UK) Limited
  • Book Code : 1789195519
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  • Category : Travel
  • Members : 803
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The Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa Make the most of your time on Earth with the ultimate travel guides. World-renowned 'tell it like it is' travel guide, now with free eBook. Discover the Game Parks of South Africa with this comprehensive and entertaining travel guide, packed with practical information and honest recommendations by our independent experts. Whether you plan to take a jeep safari, tick off the big five or sleep in a camp in the lap of luxury, The Rough Guide to the Game Parks of South Africa will help you discover the best places to explore, eat, drink, shop and sleep along the way. Features of this travel guide to Game Parks of South Africa: - Detailed regional coverage: provides practical information for every kind of trip, from off-the-beaten-track adventures to chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas - Honest and independent reviews: written with Rough Guides' trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, our writers will help you make the most from your trip to South Africa - Meticulous mapping: practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys. Find your way around Kruger National Park, aHluhluwe-Imfolozi Park and many more locations without needing to get online - Fabulous full-colour photography: features inspirational colour photography, including a field guide to the animals you are likely to see - Time-saving itineraries: carefully planned routes will help inspire and inform your on-the-road experiences - Things not to miss: Rough Guides' rundown of the animals you shouldn't miss and the parks' best sights and top experiences - Travel tips and info: packed with essential pre-departure information including getting around, accommodation, food and drink, health and outdoor activities, culture and etiquette, shopping and more - Background information: comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter provides fascinating insights into the wildlife of South Africa - The ultimate travel tool: download the free eBook to access all this from your phone or tablet You may also be interested in: Rough Guide to South Africa; Rough Guide to Kenya; Rough Guide to Cape Town The Winelands and The Garden Route About Rough Guides: Rough Guides have been inspiring travellers for over 35 years, with over 30 million copies sold globally. Synonymous with practical travel tips, quality writing and a trustworthy 'tell it like it is' ethos, the Rough Guides list includes more than 260 travel guides to 120+ destinations, gift-books and phrasebooks.

Безупречный английский. Самоучитель для начинающих

By Грант Барретт
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  • Publisher : Litres
  • Book Code : 5042246959
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  • Category : Foreign Language Study
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  • Pdf File: Безупречный-английский-Самоучитель-для-начинающих.pdf

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Данное издание предназначено для изучения грамматики английского языка и развития «внутреннего чувства языка». Использование данного пособия возможно на любом уровне владения языком.Издание состоит из 17 глав, в которых рассматриваются наиболее актуальные вопросы английского языка. Лингвист-эксперт Грант Барретт предлагает методы для улучшения коммуникативных навыков, композиционные рекомендации по написанию эссе и других письменных работ, разбирает особенности словоупотребления и приводит яркие запоминающиеся примеры.Продуманная цветовая навигация поможет быстро сориентироваться в содержании книги и легко найти ответы на интересующие вопросы.