Two thousand years ago English was confined to a handful of savage tribes on the shores of north-west Europe; and now, in one form or another, it is spoken by a billion people around the world. This title offers a tale of the origins and development of the English language.
Completely revised and updated, this new edition of the Oxford Guide to Plain English is an essential tool for clear communication. It provides authoritative help on how to get your message across effectively. In 25 easy-to-follow chapters, it covers straightforward language, punctuation, grammar, writing emails, and much more.
An accessible, lively A-Z of over 3,000 words and their origins, drawn from Oxford's unrivalled dictionary research and language monitoring. Ideal for language lovers and students alike, the Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins relates the fascinating stories behind many of our most curious words and expressions.
Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage is an invaluable quick-reference work, providing clear, practical and up-to-date guidance on questions of grammar, spelling, style, and word choice. Jeremy Butterfield has judiciously revised the text to reflect the English usage practices and concerns of the 21st century.
A delightfully discursive, Bill Bryson-esque and personal journey through the groves and the thickets of the English language, by our foremost scholar of the history and structure of the English language.
Mr Gwynne believes passionately that we must regain our knowledge of the lost science of grammar before it is too late. Formerly a successful businessman, Mr Gwynne has for many years been teaching and tutoring just about every sort of subject to just about every sort of pupil in just about every sort of circumstance. This title tells his story.
Is there any PRESTIGE in a STRAITJACKET? When does a CLIQUE become a CLICHE? And what has MORRIS DANCING to do with MAURITANIA? In this witty volume, Graeme Donald explores the intriguing links between words with a common origin.
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.
The go-to guide for grammar, My Grammar and I offers amusing examples of awful grammar, while steering you in the direction of grammatical greatness. Refreshing everything you should have learnt at school and more, My Grammar and I is informative yet entertaining - an ideal buy for any English language enthusiast.
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.
This is the story of the battles both past and present surrounding English usage. So many of us are made to feel ashamed of how we use our language, but in this lively and authoritative contribution to the debate David Crystal argues for a more rational and balanced approach.
Lynda Mugglestone's hugely popular The Oxford History of English is republished in a reset and revised edition featuring David Crystal's new take on the future of English. With impeccable and approachable scholarship, it describes the changing sounds, words, and meanings of English. A book for everyone interested in the language.
How has the English language developed over time? How have words entered the English language, or changed their meaning? David Crystal takes us on a wonderful tour through the origins and evolution of 15 groups of words, from dying to spacecraft. His source is the monumental Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Adding endings and remembering when 'i' comes before 'e' are just some of the aspects of spelling that confront us with endless pitfalls. This easy-to-use A-Z guide does what no spellchecker can do: it offers both spellings for tricky words and rules that will help you develop good spelling.
This accessible and unique approach to grammar comes in two parts: the first section consists of a practical guide on how to understand and use grammar successfully, and the second is an extensive A-Z glossary of grammatical terms. It is ideal for both language students and anyone wanting to improve their written and spoken English.
Reissued with an attractive new cover, this A-Z provides 1001 words you need to know to make your writing and speaking effective and convincing. With clear guidance on choosing the right word, this book is essential for anyone wanting to achieve success in written and spoken tasks including essays, interviews, CVs and application letters, and more.
Provides a survey of the English language in its various forms. This book describes the structure of the language, the uses of English throughout the world and provides a history of English. It includes a chapter on 'The effect of technology' on the English language.