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Complete Plain Words

7, 24/09/1987, £9.99
Suitable for those who needs to express themselves clearly, fluently and accurately in writing, this title helps you lead through the intricacies, problems and pleasures of the English language with wit, common sense and authority. It deals with the dangers of jargon, cliche and superfluous words.

Evolving English

Paperback, 01/10/2010, £16.95
In this illustrated history David Crystal charts the development of the language from the earliest runic inscriptions in Old English, through the emergence of a standard variety of English between 1400 and 1800, to the most modern forms of the language in 'concrete' and 'text' poetry.

Rethinking Writing

7, 01/03/2005, £16.99
His book is a major contribution to current debates about human communication written and spoken.

Approaches to Teaching the History of the English Language: Pedagogy in Practice

Paperback, 26/10/2017, £38.49
-First Edition published in Paperback 2001.-

English for Academic Purposes: A Handbook for Students

Paperback, 01/10/2018, £24.99
Essential reading for all international students studying for a British qualification at university, providing a clear guide to researching and producing a well presented and cohesive piece of academic writing.


Paperback, 13/06/2019, £28.50
The second level in the Oxford Practice Grammar series. Grammar structures are explained in detail with extended practice activities to build your confidence.


Paperback, 30/06/2006, £42.99
Introduces the major theories, approaches and controversies in the field and gathers together influential readings from key names in the discipline, including: John Swales, Alistair Pennycook, and Greg Myers. This work is a useful resource for students and researchers of Applied Linguistics.

Study Writing: A Course in Written English for Academic Purposes

Paperback, 27/07/2006, £27.72
A course in written English for academic purposes.


Paperback, 05/01/2011, £37.20
EAP Now! 2nd Edition has been significantly updated with a format that is more teacher and student friendly.

Skills in English Student's Book: A Course in REading Skills for Academic Purposes 2ed

Paperback, 14/10/2004, £27.72
A complete course for students who are currently attending a university or college or who hope to begin university or college studies soon.

Study Reading: A Course in Reading Skills for Academic Purposes

Paperback, 14/10/2004, £27.72
This book for intermediate and above students includes authentic texts from textbooks, journals, reference works and study guides.

Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins 3ed

Paperback, 22/07/2021, £11.99
An absorbing A-Z which explores the origins and development of over 3,000 words in the English language. Drawing on Oxford's unrivalled dictionary research programme and language monitoring it brings to light the intriguing and often unusual stories of some of our most used words and phrases.

Introduction to Old English 3ed

Paperback, 17/02/2012, £29.95
Introduction to Old English is a leading text designed to help students engage with Old English literature for the first time. The 3rd edition includes numerous chapter updates, as well as expanded coverage of Old English manuscripts, runes, and other inscriptions.

Changing English 2ed

Paperback, 28/11/2006, £36.99
Focuses on the radical changes that have taken place in the structure of English over a millennium and a half, detailing the influences of migration, colonialism and many other historical, social and cultural phenomena. This work introduces many key debates relating to the English language, illustrated by specific examples of data in context.

Stylistics and the Teaching of Literature

Paperback, £44.99
First published in 1976. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Lexical Priming: New Theory of Words and Language

7, 29/04/2005, £36.99
Theoretically adventurous and suitable for use with a wide range of language studies, Hoey's book reverses the roles of lexis and grammar to present a radical new theory of the lexicon.

Eats Shoots and Leaves

Paperback, 01/10/2009, £8.99
Anxious about the apostrophe? Confused by the comma? Stumped by the semicolon? Join Lynne Truss on a hilarious tour through the rules of punctuation that is sure to sort the dashes from the hyphens.

Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

7, 03/06/1993, £10.99
Provides a brief account of the origins, history, and sense-development of a large part of the vocabulary of modern English, including both basic words and a wide selection of derivative forms.

Practical introduction to Phonestics

Paperback, 22/11/2001, £27.99
This title is an introduction to general phonetics which explores the entire range of human sounds, systematically covering all types of modification of speech, articulation, and prosodic features. The entire range of phonetic categories is introduced in 124 "experiments".

Disappearing Dictionary: A Treasury of Lost English Dialect Words

Hardback, 21/05/2015, £12.99
A beautiful gift book that collects together brilliantly quirky English dialect words, before they disappear for ever.

Grammar Rules: Writing with Military Precision

Hardback, 25/08/2011, £10.99
Suitable for Brits and Americans, this grammar-reference book offers well-crafted 'grammar lite' explanations as well as hundreds of tips and workarounds.

Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

Paperback, 06/09/2012, £8.99
The massive Christmas 2011 bestseller and Radio 4 Book of the Week

Little Book of Language

Paperback, 01/03/2011, £10.99
From the first words of an infant to the peculiar modern dialect of text messaging, this book reveals language's myriad intricacies and quirks. It sheds light on the development of unique linguistic styles, the origins of obscure accents, and the search for the first written word.

Fucking Apostrophes

Hardback, 03/11/2016, £7.99
A hilarious, furious and profoundly useful short guide to the most maddening punctuation in English.

Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language

Paperback, 03/11/2016, £9.99
A new cover look for all three of Mark Forsyth's brilliant books on words and phrases, on the 5th anniversary of The Etymologicon's publication.

Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase

Paperback, 03/11/2016, £9.99
Mark Forsyth's 'sparkling' (Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph) and idiosyncratically brilliant third book.

Scientific Babel: The Language of Science from the Fall of Latin to the Rise of English

Paperback, 16/03/2017, £9.99
'Michael Gordin's excellent Scientific Babel asks what drives the languages science uses, and how English came to dominate.' - New Scientist

Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works

Hardback, 02/05/2017, £11.99

Oxford A-Z of English Usage

Paperback, 15/08/2013, £7.99
This handy guide provides crystal-clear help with writing correctly and appropriately in everyday situations. Arranged alphabetically, the book contains concise entries with guidance on individual words and phrases, and longer entries on broader topics such as overused words, bullet points, and avoiding sexist language.

I Before e (Except after c)

Hardback, 09/08/2007, £9.99
Ever find yourself struggling to remember simple facts and rules? Is the ever-increasing pace of life and glut of information challenging your memory? This is the definitive guide to help you to unjumble your mind and improve your ability to recall names, dates, facts, figures and events, and contains all the mnemonics you'll ever need to know.

Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar 2ed

Paperback, 16/01/2014, £11.99
This book is an accessible and authoritative A-Z that provides up-to-date definitions of over 1,600 current grammatical terms, with hundreds of useful example sentences and helpful quotations from the scholarly literature. An invaluable guide to all those interested in the English language.

How English Became English: A Short History of a Global Language

Hardback, 28/01/2016, £10.99
The English language is a subject of fascination for many people and is frequently the subject of lively debate in the media. In this book, Simon Horobin considers the rich history of the English language, before moving to discuss its role, status, and future.

Course Book in English Grammar

Paperback, 24/05/1995, £37.99
A revised and expanded edition which has additional chapters and material. A new opening chapter discusses the concept of "grammatically correct English" and various approaches to the writing of grammar books. The book itself describes Standard English and has authentic written and spoken examples.

Stories of English

Paperback, 05/05/2005, £14.99
This superbly well-informed - and also wonderfully entertaining - history of the English language answers all these questions, showing how the many strands of English (Standard English, dialect and slang among them) developed to create the richly-varied language of today.

Meaning of Everything

Paperback, 23/09/2004, £16.99
The Meaning of Everything is the story behind the making of the first Oxford English Dictionary. In this account of the OED's creation, Winchester introduces a host of characters, from the murderer who contributed from his prison cell to the self-taught draper's son who guided the project towards fruition.

Life After...Languages and Literature

7, 18/05/2006, £22.99
Written specifically to help students make informed choices about their future, this book covers such topics as: identifying a career path that interests you; seeking out an opportunity that matches your skills and aspirations; staying motivated and pursuing your goals; networking; self-promotion; and, making the transition from scholar to worker.

Dictionary of Lexicography

Paperback, 07/06/2001, £56.99
This handbook and reference work provides a detailed examination of the theoretical and practical aspects of lexicography.

Pronunciation of English

7, £44.11
This book provides, in a lucid and authoritative manner, the basic information on pronunciation of English needed by foreign students.

Weeds in the Garden of Words

Paperback, 16/06/2005, £25.00
Kate Burridge provides an entertaining look at 'unacceptable' words, phrases and pronunciations in English.

From Old English to Standard English: A Course Book in Language Variations Across Time 3ed

Paperback, 06/10/2006, £38.99
This practical course book explores the development of the language from Old English to the establishment of Standard English. This third edition has been expanded to provide further background information, with a supplementary website and new sections to outline the development of writing hands and provide a brief introduction to palaeography.

English Phonetics and Phonology 4ed

26/03/2009, £43.26
This is a complete basic course in English phonetics and phonology.

History of the English Language

Paperback, 17/03/2008, £45.99
A complete history of English, from the earliest known writings to its status today as a dominant world language.

Research Perspectives on English for Academic Purposes

7, 15/03/2001, £41.99
This volume of specially commissioned articles examines theory and practice in EAP.

Rediscover Grammar

Paperback, 30/03/2004, £35.99
The best-selling grammar reference - essential for all teachers and students of English. It provides an effortless tour through the structures and terminology of the English Language

Making Sense of Grammar

Paperback, 21/04/2004, £33.59
The author explains structure and then shows how it works in different language contexts - the literary, the non-literary, the spoken and the written. He explores a wide range of linguistic themes including sociolinguistics, language acquisition and register, and shows how our language can be interpreted.

Using English 2ed

Paperback, 13/12/2006, £36.99
Provides an introduction to the study of English for students of language and linguistics. This title examines the way in which the English language is used in different contexts and in many parts of the world, by both native and non-native speakers. It explores the issues of language use in speech and writing, in work and play, and in persuading.

Literature in the Language Classroom

Paperback, 17/12/1987, £29.99
A variety of imaginative techniques for integrating literature work with language learning.

English as a Global Language 2ed

Paperback, 28/07/2003, £16.99
Crystal presents an account of the rise and status of English as a global language.
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