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Books > Language & Literature > Literary & linguistic reference works > Usage guides

Simply English - An A-Z Of Avoidable Errors (Paperback): Simon Heffer Simply English - An A-Z Of Avoidable Errors (Paperback)
Simon Heffer 1
R418 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In his best-selling Strictly English Simon Heffer explained how to write and speak our language well. In Simply English he offers an entertaining and supremely useful A-Z guide to frequent errors, common misunderstandings and stylistic howlers. What is the difference between amend and emend, between imply and infer, and between uninterested and disinterested? When should one put owing to rather than due to? Why should the temptation to write actually, basically or at this moment in time always be strenuously resisted? How does one use an apostrophe correctly, ensure that one understands what alibi really means, and avoid the perils of the double negative? With articles on everything from punctuation to tabloid English to adverbs and adjectives, Simply English is the essential companion for anyone who cares about the language and wants to use it correctly.

Semicolon - How a Misunderstood Punctuation Mark Can Improve Your Writing, Enrich Your Reading and Even Change Your Life... Semicolon - How a Misunderstood Punctuation Mark Can Improve Your Writing, Enrich Your Reading and Even Change Your Life (Hardcover)
Cecelia Watson 1
R285 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R76 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Fascinating... I loved this book; I really did' David Crystal, Spectator A biography of a much misunderstood punctuation mark and a call to arms in favour of clear expression and against stifling grammar rules. Cecelia Watson used to be obsessive about grammar rules. But then she began teaching. And that was when she realized that strict rules aren't always the best way of teaching people how to make words say what they want them to; that they are even, sometimes, best ignored. One punctuation mark encapsulates this thorny issue more clearly than any other. The semicolon. Hated by Stephen King, Hemingway, Vonnegut and Orwell, and loved by Herman Melville, Henry James and Rebecca Solnit, it is the most divisive punctuation mark in the English language, and many are too scared to go near it. But why? When is it effective? Have we been misusing it? Should we even care? In this warm, funny, enlightening and thoroughly original book, Cecelia Watson takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the surprising history of the semicolon and explores the remarkable power it can wield, if only we would stop being afraid of it. Forget the rules; you're in charge. It's time to make language do what you want it to.

English Grammar For Dummies (Paperback, UK Edition): Lesley J. Ward, Geraldine Woods English Grammar For Dummies (Paperback, UK Edition)
Lesley J. Ward, Geraldine Woods
R473 R348 Discovery Miles 3 480 Save R125 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

If you're confused by commas, perplexed by pronouns, and plain terrified by tenses, English Grammar For Dummies will put your fears to rest. Packed with expert guidance, it covers everything from sentence basics to rules even your English teacher didn't know - if you want to brush up on your grammar, this is the only guide you'll ever need. Discover how to: avoid common grammatical errors; get to grips with apostrophes; structure sentences correctly; use verbs and find the right tense; and decide when to use slang or formal English.

English Grammar in Use Supplementary Exercises Book with Answers - To Accompany English Grammar in Use Fifth Edition... English Grammar in Use Supplementary Exercises Book with Answers - To Accompany English Grammar in Use Fifth Edition (Paperback, 5th Revised edition)
Louise Hashemi; As told to Raymond Murphy
R532 R427 Discovery Miles 4 270 Save R105 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This new edition has been updated and revised to accompany the Fifth edition of English Grammar in Use, the first choice for intermediate (B1-B2) learners. This book contains 200 varied exercises to provide learners with extra practice of the grammar they have studied.

Easy Learning French Idioms (Paperback): Collins Dictionaries Easy Learning French Idioms (Paperback)
Collins Dictionaries
R282 R207 Discovery Miles 2 070 Save R75 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The home of trusted French dictionaries for everyday language learning. A unique guide to communicating in French. It will help learners discover expressions and idioms to make their French more natural and fluent, while developing an awareness of French culture. Designed for learners of French of all ages, whether you are learning at school, in evening classes, for business or to go on holiday. The text consists of 250 quirky and interesting French idioms which are arranged into different themes, and are given with simple example phrases to show them in context. Clear and concise language notes provide information on the meaning and background of some idioms, while handy culture notes help explain any cultural differences. Combined with a text which has a selection of illustrations, the Collins Easy Learning French Idioms takes you beyond beginners level and expands your knowledge of frequently-used, natural French expressions. * Get it right: key idioms and example phrases help improve your knowledge of real French. * Get there fast: clear themes help guide you to the type of idiom you're looking for. * Have confidence: a fun, useful guide to common French idioms helps you increase your knowledge of natural French and French culture.

Collins Italian Dictionary and Grammar - Two Books in One (Paperback, 4th Revised edition): Collins Dictionaries Collins Italian Dictionary and Grammar - Two Books in One (Paperback, 4th Revised edition)
Collins Dictionaries 1
R433 R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Save R107 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The home of trusted Italian dictionaries for everyday language learning. An up-to-date easy-reference Italian to English and English to Italian Collins dictionary and a user-friendly grammar guide in one handy volume. A clear layout, cultural notes and an easy-to-use, revised grammar section make this the ideal Italian reference for intermediate learners. Designed for all intermediate learners of Italian, whether at school, at home, or for business. 90,000 references and 120,000 translations will help those learning Italian take their language skills to the next level. * This edition has been revised and updated to offer extensive and relevant coverage of today's English and Italian with thousands of phrases and examples guiding the user to the most appropriate translation. * A comprehensive grammar guide presents detailed examples and translations to help users to understand Italian grammar - the perfect complement to the dictionary. * The clear Collins typography gives the text a contemporary feel, and along with the new alphabet tabs, ensures that users find the information they need quickly and easily.

Norme vir Afrikaans - Moderne standaardafrikaans (Afrikaans, Paperback, 6th ed): W.A.M. Carstens Norme vir Afrikaans - Moderne standaardafrikaans (Afrikaans, Paperback, 6th ed)
W.A.M. Carstens
R535 R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Save R69 (13%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

Norme vir Afrikaans (nou reeds in 'n sesde uitgawe) het sedert 1989 bewys gelewer dat dit 'n besonder effektiewe bron is vir gebruik in taalkundeklaskamers van tersiere instellings en selfs in skole. Die boek is aan die een kant 'n praktiese naslaanbron wat as basis vir eie taalontwikkeling kan dien. Aan ander kant word in die aanpak probeer om taalteorie en taalpraktyk te versoen. Dat die outeur hierin geslaag het, is bewys deur die gereelde bywerk van die boek en die wye gebruik daarvan. In die besonder fokus die boek op die verskeidenheid "norme" wat 'n mens in gedagte moet hou by die praktiese gebruik van Afrikaans, onder meer die beginsels onderliggend aan hierdie norme, en dan ook die identifisering van belangrike en nuttige bronne van taaladvies oor problematiese taalsake. Die doel van die boek is nie om streng "normatief" te probeer voorskryf nie, maar eerder om leiding te gee in die hantering van praktiese taalkwessies met as vertrekpunt gefundeerde taalteoretiese kennis oor die Afrikaanse taalkunde. Die boek is nou al deeglik gevestig as 'n omvattende en uiters bruikbare hulpmiddel vir sowel student as dosent en is die vrug van die outeur se jarelange ondervinding as taaldosent en navorser. Daar word ook rekening gehou met die geleidelike herstandaardisering van Afrikaans, vandaar die nuwe subtitel "Moderne Standaardafrikaans", wat 'n aanduiding is dat Afrikaans in die proses is om te moderniseer vir 'n nuwe geslag gebruikers. Die riglyne van die elfde uitgawe van die Afrikaanse Woordelys en Spelreels (AWS) (2017) is volledig in hierdie uitgawe verreken.

Pharos Afrikaansgids - Naslaanlyste en TaalreŽls Volgens die 2017-AWS (Afrikaans, Paperback): Nicolaas Faasen Pharos Afrikaansgids - Naslaanlyste en TaalreŽls Volgens die 2017-AWS (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Nicolaas Faasen
R325 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R46 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Die Pharos Afrikaansgids bied eenvoudige riglyne vir spelling en skryfwyses volgens die 2017-uitgawe van die Afrikaanse woordelys en spelreŽls en is KABV- geskik. Dit dek die belangrike taalsake wat oor leerders se pad kom en is 'n praktiese, alledaagse gids vir voorgraadse studente en ander taalgebruikers.

- Deel A bevat naslaanlyste van woorde wat dikwels spellingprobleme oplewer, meervoude en verkleining, intensiewe vorme, vergelykings en idiome.

- Deel B is ’n naslaangedeelte wat belangrike en algemene taalreŽls aan die hand van eenvoudige definisies en enkele voorbeelde verduidelik.

- Deel C bevat nuttige inligting oor byvoorbeeld sinsoorte, woordorde in sinne en die konstruksie van paragrawe. Daar is ook ’n kort oorsig oor tekstipes.

Grammar - Know Your Shit or Know You're Shit (Hardcover): Joanne Adams Grammar - Know Your Shit or Know You're Shit (Hardcover)
Joanne Adams 1
R260 R194 Discovery Miles 1 940 Save R66 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

`Let's eat Grandma' OR `Let's eat, Grandma'? This fun yet informative book offers bite-sized tips and advice on everything you need to know about grammar - including common misspellings, how to use punctuation correctly, applying the right tense - and will turn you from a logophobe to a grammarphile in no time!

Get It Right: KS3; 11-14: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar workbook 2 (Paperback): Frank Danes, Jill Carter Get It Right: KS3; 11-14: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar workbook 2 (Paperback)
Frank Danes, Jill Carter
R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Get It Right: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar provides an accessible introduction to the basics of spelling, punctuation and grammar for 11-14 year old students. This series offers a comprehensive package of teaching and practice in one and focuses on what students need to know to write fluently and accurately, as well as helping to prepare students for the demands of further English study. Each workbook also has a clear focus on grammar in context; the contextualised activities encourage students to apply grammar knowledge to their analysis of a range of carefully-selected, engaging source texts. Get It Right: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Workbook 2 builds on Workbook 1 and is the ideal resource for students' taking their next steps in understanding spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Semicolon - The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark (Hardcover): Cecelia Watson Semicolon - The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark (Hardcover)
Cecelia Watson
R458 R369 Discovery Miles 3 690 Save R89 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A page-turning, existential romp through the life and times of the world’s most polarizing punctuation mark

The semicolon. Stephen King, Hemingway, Vonnegut, and Orwell detest it. Herman Melville, Henry James, and Rebecca Solnit love it. But why? When is it effective? Have we been misusing it? Should we even care?

In Semicolon, Cecelia Watson charts the rise and fall of this infamous punctuation mark, which for years was the trendiest one in the world of letters. But in the nineteenth century, as grammar books became all the rage, the rules of how we use language became both stricter and more confusing, with the semicolon a prime victim. Taking us on a breezy journey through a range of examples—from Milton’s manuscripts to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letters from Birmingham Jail” to Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep—Watson reveals how traditional grammar rules make us less successful at communicating with each other than we’d think. Even the most die-hard grammar fanatics would be better served by tossing the rule books and learning a better way to engage with language.

Through her rollicking biography of the semicolon, Watson writes a guide to grammar that explains why we don’t need guides at all, and refocuses our attention on the deepest, most primary value of language: true communication.

Eats, Shoots and Leaves (Paperback): Lynne Truss Eats, Shoots and Leaves (Paperback)
Lynne Truss 4
R250 R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Save R68 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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. We all had the basic rules of punctuation drilled into us at school, but punctuation pedants have good reason to suspect they never sank in. 'Its Summer!' screams a sign that sets our teeth on edge. 'Pansy's ready', we learn to our considerable interest ('Is she?') as we browse among the bedding plants. It is not only the rules of punctuation that have come under attack but also a sense of why they matter. In this runaway bestseller, Lynne Truss takes the fight to emoticons and greengrocers' apostrophes with a war cry of 'Sticklers unite!'

Norme vir Afrikaans - Enkele riglyne by die gebruik van Afrikaans (Afrikaans, Paperback, 4th ed): Wannie A.M. Carstens Norme vir Afrikaans - Enkele riglyne by die gebruik van Afrikaans (Afrikaans, Paperback, 4th ed)
Wannie A.M. Carstens
R315 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R36 (11%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

Norme vir Afrikaans het oor die jare al bewys gelewer dat dit 'n bron is vir gebruik in taalkundeklaskamers van tersiere instellings en selfs in skole. Die titel is 'n praktiese naslaanbron wat as basis vir eie taalontwikkeling kan dien. In die aanpak word probeer om taalteorie en taalpraktyk versoen. In die besonder focus die titel op die 'norme' wat; 'n mens in gedagte moet hou by die praktiese gebruik van Afrikaans, onder meer die beginsels onderliggend aan hierdie norme, en dan ook die identifisering van belangrike en nuttige bronne van taaladvies oor problematiese taalsake. Die doel van die titel is nie om streng 'normatief' te probeer voorskryf nie, maar eerder om leiding te gee met die hantering van praktiese taalkwessies, met as vertrekpunt gefundeerde taalteoretiese kennis oor die Afrikaanse taalkunde. Die riglyne van die negende uitgawe van die Afrikaanse Woordelys en Spelreels (2002) is ook volledig in hierdie uitgawe verken.

The Vocabulary Builder Workbook - Simple Lessons and Activities to Teach Yourself Over 1,400 Must-Know Words (Paperback): Chris... The Vocabulary Builder Workbook - Simple Lessons and Activities to Teach Yourself Over 1,400 Must-Know Words (Paperback)
Chris Lele; As told to Magoosh
R303 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R44 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Teach Yourself Afrikaans (Paperback): Helena Van Schalkwyk Teach Yourself Afrikaans (Paperback)
Helena Van Schalkwyk
R180 R142 Discovery Miles 1 420 Save R38 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This completely revised and updated edition of Teach Yourself Afrikaans is for all those who seek to communicate in Afrikaans. It has been written for students with no previous experience or knowledge of the language, and is especially aimed at those who wish to study at home.

The grammar, syntax and vocabulary of Afrikaans are introduced in carefully graded stages, and are illustrated with examples and exercises. Spoken Afrikaans is also given close attention, with examples of everyday conversations, and a detailed section on pronunciation.

By working through the exercises and examples in this book, the student will gain a good basic knowledge of Afrikaans as it is spoken every day.

The Copyeditor's Handbook - A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications (Paperback, 4th edition): Amy... The Copyeditor's Handbook - A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications (Paperback, 4th edition)
Amy Einsohn, Marilyn Schwartz
R945 R741 Discovery Miles 7 410 Save R204 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Unstuffy, hip, and often funny, The Copyeditor's Handbook has become an indispensable resource both for new editors and for experienced hands who want to refresh their skills and broaden their understanding of the craft of copyediting. This fourth edition incorporates the latest advice from language authorities, usage guides, and new editions of major style manuals, including The Chicago Manual of Style. It registers the tectonic shifts in twenty-first-century copyediting: preparing text for digital formats, using new technologies, addressing global audiences, complying with plain language mandates, ensuring accessibility, and serving self-publishing authors and authors writing in English as a second language. The new edition also adds an extensive annotated list of editorial tools and references and includes a bit of light entertainment for language lovers, such as a brief history of punctuation marks that didn't make the grade, the strange case of razbliuto, and a few Easter eggs awaiting discovery by keen-eyed readers. The fourth edition features updates on the transformation of editorial roles in today's publishing environment new applications, processes, and protocols for on-screen editing major changes in editorial resources, such as online dictionaries and language corpora, new grammar and usage authorities, online editorial communities, and web-based research tools When you're ready to test your mettle, pick up The Copyeditor's Workbook: Exercises and Tips for Honing Your Editorial Judgment, the essential new companion to the handbook.

50 WAYS BRE PRESENTATION SKILLS IN ENGLISH SB (Paperback, Student edition): Bob Dignen 50 WAYS BRE PRESENTATION SKILLS IN ENGLISH SB (Paperback, Student edition)
Bob Dignen
R764 Discovery Miles 7 640 Ships in 15 - 25 working days

The 50 ways... series provides a range of instant ways to improve your communications skills in business. The 50 tips in these books will allow the learner to make noticeable improvement in their business English with minimum effort. This book of 50 practical tips and exercises, will allow students to build their confidence and make noticeable improvements when delivering professional presentations in English.

Don't Believe A Word - The Surprising Truth About Language (Hardcover): David Shariatmadari Don't Believe A Word - The Surprising Truth About Language (Hardcover)
David Shariatmadari 1
R484 R394 Discovery Miles 3 940 Save R90 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Wonderful. David Shariatmadari wears his deep learning with such an admirable and alluring lightness of touch . . . You finish the book more alive than ever to the enduring mystery and miracle of that thing that makes us most human' STEPHEN FRY Everyone likes to think they know a bit about language:There's a term in Portuguese you simply can't translate The origin of a word tells you how it should be used Standards of grammar have taken a nosedive recently The real meaning of 'disinterested' is 'unbiased' Computers will soon be able to speak like human beings A dialect is inferior to a language The problem is, none of these statements is true. Over the past few decades, we have reached new frontiers of linguistic knowledge. Linguists can now explain how and why language changes, describe its structures, and map its activity in the brain. But most of us know as much about language today as we did about physics before Galileo, and the little we know is still largely based on folklore, instinct or hearsay. In DON'T BELIEVE A WORD linguist David Shariatmadari takes us on a mind-boggling journey through the science of language, urging us to abandon our prejudices in a bid to uncover the (far more interesting) truth about what we do with words. Exploding nine widely-held myths about language while introducing us to some of the fundamental insights of modern linguistics, David Shariatmadari is an energetic guide to the beauty and quirkiness of humanity's greatest achievement.

Collins French Dictionary and Grammar - Two Books in One (Paperback, 8th Revised edition): Collins Dictionaries Collins French Dictionary and Grammar - Two Books in One (Paperback, 8th Revised edition)
Collins Dictionaries 1
R411 R348 Discovery Miles 3 480 Save R63 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The home of trusted French dictionaries for everyday language learning. An up-to-date easy-reference French to English and English to French Collins dictionary and a user-friendly grammar guide in one handy volume. A clear layout, cultural notes and an easy-to-use, revised grammar section make this the ideal French reference for intermediate learners. Designed for all intermediate learners of French, whether at school, at home, or for business. 96,000 references and 120,000 translations will help those learning French take their language skills to the next level. * This edition has been revised and updated to offer extensive and relevant coverage of today's English and French, with thousands of phrases and examples guiding the user to the most appropriate translation. * A comprehensive grammar guide presents detailed examples and translations to help users to understand French grammar - the perfect complement to the dictionary. * The clear Collins typography gives the text a contemporary feel, and along with the new alphabet tabs, ensures that users find the information they need quickly and easily.

The Copyeditor's Handbook and Workbook - The Complete Set (Paperback): Amy Einsohn, Marilyn Schwartz, Erika Buky The Copyeditor's Handbook and Workbook - The Complete Set (Paperback)
Amy Einsohn, Marilyn Schwartz, Erika Buky
R1,545 R1,214 Discovery Miles 12 140 Save R331 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This set includes two essential resources for writers and editors: The Copyeditor's Handbook, now in its fourth edition, and The Copyeditor's Workbook, the new companion to the bestselling Handbook. Unstuffy, hip, and often funny, The Copyeditor's Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications has become an indispensable resource both for new editors and for experienced hands who want to refresh their skills and broaden their understanding of the craft of copyediting. This fourth edition incorporates the latest advice from language authorities, usage guides, and new editions of major style manuals, including The Chicago Manual of Style. It registers the tectonic shifts in twenty-first-century copyediting: preparing text for digital formats, using new technologies, addressing global audiences, complying with plain language mandates, ensuring accessibility, and serving self-publishing authors and authors writing in English as a second language. The new edition also adds an extensive annotated list of editorial tools and references and includes a bit of light entertainment for language lovers, such as a brief history of punctuation marks that didn't make the grade, the strange case of razbliuto, and a few Easter eggs awaiting discovery by keen-eyed readers. The Copyeditor's Workbook: Exercises and Tips for Honing Your Editorial Judgment-a new companion to the Handbook-offers comprehensive and practical training in the art of copyediting for both aspiring and experienced editors. More than forty exercises of increasing difficulty and length, covering a range of subject matter, enable you to advance in skill and confidence. Detailed answer keys and explanations offer a grounding in editorial basics, appropriate usage choices for different contexts and audiences, and advice on communicating effectively and professionally with authors and clients. Whether the exercises are undertaken alone or alongside the new edition of The Copyeditor's Handbook, they provide a thorough workout in the essential knowledge and skills required of contemporary editors.

Have You Eaten Grandma? (Hardcover): Gyles Brandreth Have You Eaten Grandma? (Hardcover)
Gyles Brandreth 1
R291 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R48 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Pedantic about punctuation or scrupulous about spelling? You'll love this hilarious and definitive guide to 21st century language from grammar-guru Gyles Brandreth. 'Brilliant, clear, entertaining, very funny and often outright silly. Brandreth excels . . . in all his linguistic joie de vivre' Guardian __________ Why, like, does everyone keep saying 'like'? Why do apostrophe's keep turning up in the wrong place? Why do we get confused when using foreign phrases - and vice versa? Is it 'may be' or 'maybe'? Should it be 'past' or 'passed'? Is it 'referenda' or 'referendums'? FFS, what's happening to our language!? Our language is changing, literacy levels are dwindling and our grasp of grammar is at crisis point, so you wouldn't be alone in thinking WTF! But do not despair, Have You Eaten Grandma? is here: Gyles Brandreth's definitive (and hilarious) guide to punctuation, spelling, and good English for the twenty-first century. Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation) Gyles, the Just A Minute regular and self-confessed grammar guru, skewers the linguistic horrors of our time, tells us where we've been going wrong (and why), and reveals his tips and tricks to ensure that, in future, we make fewer (rather than 'less') mistakes. End of. (Is 'End of' alright? Is 'alright' all right? You'll find out right here . . . ) 'Best thing ever, laugh-a-lot, spanning everything. Great book, I'm loving this' Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2

Don't Believe A Word - The Surprising Truth About Language (Paperback): David Shariatmadari Don't Believe A Word - The Surprising Truth About Language (Paperback)
David Shariatmadari 1
R355 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R75 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Everyone likes to think they know a bit about language:There's a term in Portuguese you simply can't translate The origin of a word tells you how it should be used Standards of grammar have taken a nosedive recently The real meaning of 'disinterested' is 'unbiased' Computers will soon be able to speak like human beings A dialect is inferior to a language The problem is, none of these statements is true. Over the past few decades, we have reached new frontiers of linguistic knowledge. Linguists can now explain how and why language changes, describe its structures, and map its activity in the brain. But most of us know as much about language today as we did about physics before Galileo, and the little we know is still largely based on folklore, instinct or hearsay. In DON'T BELIEVE A WORD linguist David Shariatmadari takes us on a mind-boggling journey through the science of language, urging us to abandon our prejudices in a bid to uncover the (far more interesting) truth about what we do with words. Exploding nine widely-held myths about language while introducing us to some of the fundamental insights of modern linguistics, David Shariatmadari is an energetic guide to the beauty and quirkiness of humanity's greatest achievement.

English Grammar - An Introduction (Paperback, 3rd Ed. 2017): Peter Collins, Carmella Hollo English Grammar - An Introduction (Paperback, 3rd Ed. 2017)
Peter Collins, Carmella Hollo
R821 R699 Discovery Miles 6 990 Save R122 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This core textbook helps readers get to grips with the fundamentals of English grammar so that they can critically engage with a wide variety of texts. Combining contemporary linguistic approaches with the familiar terminology of traditional grammar, this lively book offers a hands-on introduction to English grammar. It begins by situating the study of grammar within its broader context, before moving on to look at the various categories that are used when analysing texts. Later chapters focus on the practical application of the skills acquired in the first part of the book. This is an indispensable text for students and teachers of English Language and Linguistics. It is also a valuable resource for those studying English as a second or foreign language.

World Lexicon of Grammaticalization (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Tania Kouteva, Bernd Heine, Bo Hong, Haiping Long, Heiko... World Lexicon of Grammaticalization (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Tania Kouteva, Bernd Heine, Bo Hong, Haiping Long, Heiko Narrog, …
R1,082 Discovery Miles 10 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Extensively revised and updated, this second edition provides, in an A-Z format, an analysis of the most important generalizations that have been made on the unidirectional change of grammatical forms and constructions. Based on the analysis of more than 1,000 languages, it reconstructs over 500 processes of grammatical change in the languages of the world, including East Asian languages such as Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Readers are provided with the tools to discover how lexical and grammatical meanings can be related to one another in a principled way, how such issues as polysemy, heterosemy, and transcategoriality are dealt with, and why certain linguistic forms have simultaneous lexical and grammatical functions. Definitions of lexical concepts are provided with examples from a broad variety of languages, and references to key relevant research literature. Linguists and other scholars will gain a better understanding of languages on a worldwide scale.

Easy Learning English Spelling (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Easy Learning English Spelling (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
R222 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R58 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The home of trusted English learner's dictionaries for everyday language learning. Collins Easy Learning English Spelling is suitable for anyone who wants to improve their spelling and write more accurately and impressively. By describing the important features of English spelling and rules to use, this book makes spelling easy. Using simple explanations and corpus examples, Collins Easy Learning English Spelling describes the patterns and rules you need to understand and predict how words are spelt in English. It also provides practical advice on learning words that are difficult to spell, and shows why some words can cause problems for even the most experienced users of English. With its alphabetical index of tricky words, along with useful tips for memorising these, Collins Easy Learning English Spelling is ideal for all users of English who want to become good spellers.

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