Grammatical Variation in British English Dialects
A Study in Corpus-Based Dialectometry
Drawing on authentic speech data collected in over 30 counties, this book presents a new approach known as corpus-based dialectometry, which focuses on the joint quantitative measurement of dozens of grammatical features to gauge regional differences.
Roots of English
Exploring the History of Dialects
Many varieties of English are now spoken across the world, each gradually evolving from one generation to the next. But which key features of these dialects grew up in their new contexts and which are the legacy of their origins in England and Scotland? Tagliamonte's groundbreaking investigation focuses on the ways in which four dialects from northern Britain have influenced aspects of the language used in areas of the world where the founding populations came from these dialect regions.
Colloquial Scottish Gaelic
The Complete Course for Beginners
The recent resurgence of pride in Celtic identity has led to increased interest in Scottish Gaelic; this textbook provides a step-by-step introduction to the language as it is spoken today, using short dialogues covering a range of everday situations. With a full answer key, grammar summary, glossaries and English translations of the dialogues, the course is especially suitable for independent learners. Free online audio files, recorded by native speakers, complement the book.
The Routledge Intermediate Welsh Reader
Designed for learners with a knowledge of basic grammar and vocabulary, this compilation of stimulating texts aims to increase reading proficiency through 35 graded passages - both excerpts from modern literature and a range of magazine and newspaper articles covering topics as varied as JRR Tolkien, Lady Gaga, rugby, mental health and Plaid Cymru. Each is furnished with a list of vocabulary, discussion of grammar points and sets of comprehension questions in both English and Welsh.
A Student Grammar of Turkish
Based on her teaching at Yale University, Ketrez provides a comprehensive explanation of the fundamentals of Turkish grammar, setting it out in lucid, jargon-free style, summarizing key points in tables and providing illustrative examples. The book also provides over 200 exercises to test students' understanding of the material. The appendices include a glossary of grammatical terms, a reading list for further study and answers to the exercises.
You Say Potato
A Book About Accents
Everyone has an accent, though many of us think that we don't. What does ours say about us - and what do we assume about others when we hear theirs? Actor Ben Crystal and his linguist father David travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English, from Shakespeare's accent to the rise and fall of Received Pronunciation. Authoritative and packed with anecdotes, this book celebrates the rich variety of the English language.
Teach Yourself: Essential Italian Vocabulary
Part of the Teach Yourself series, this 5,000-word vocabulary for beginner to intermediate-level students provides essential key words and vocabulary lists on topics ranging from personal greetings and expressions to government, society and the media. The lists are clearly laid out with important words in bold and there are also 'test yourself' exercise pages. (Audio files can be downloaded from the Teach Yourself website.)
Cassell's French & English Dictionary
Widely regarded as the best compact guide to the French language, this French-English and English-French dictionary has a total of 55,000 entries. It includes words, phrases and idioms in everyday conversational use, technical and professional terms, extensive tables of French and English regular and irregular verbs, and a pronunciation guide.
Written in Stone
How are laburnum, Labradors, laboratories and astrolabes all connected with earlobes? Christopher Stevens delves deep into the archaeology of English words, using two centuries of research by linguists to uncover the single-syllable words, from ak to wid, that were used in the Indo-European language of our Neolithic ancestors. By examining the later development of these words in many languages, he demonstrates the quirky connections between items of everyday vocabulary.
This Spanish primer provides a comprehensive introduction to the language, arranged in an entertaining way with illustrations, quizzes and 'brain ticklers' interspersed with the core lessons and exercises. The method aims to teach the authentic Spanish of native speakers, and to introduce the culture and history of the Hispanic world. References in the book to interactive elements may no longer be valid. Slightly off-mint and American spelling. Age 11+
Evolving English Wordbank
A Glossary of Present-Day English Dialect and Slang
Jonathan Robinson curates the British Museum's archive of sound recordings illustrating British accents and dialects. He has compiled this quirky yet fascinating glossary by using such audio material collected from present-day dialect speakers, as well as old dictionaries' evidence of historical usage, so that the Wordbank not only provides a snapshot of vernacular English in the early 21st century but also reveals the ancient origins of many words and phrases in use today.
The Story of Spanish
Spanish is the official language of 21 countries on two continents - and the unofficial second language of the United States. But how did a quirky dialect spoken by remote cattle farmers gain such widespread popularity? The authors investigate the mesh of cultural influences that created the modern language, from ancient Celts and Phoenicians to today's hugely popular telenovelas. They also describe the development of 'Spanglish' and efforts to produce a standard form of the language that can be understood internationally.
As Right As Rain
The Meaning and Origins of Popular Expressions
Why is it bacon that we bring home? What is the lurch you could be left in? When did people start promising to eat their hats? And did Monty Python inspire the phrase 'sick as a parrot'? Caroline Taggart tracks down the first documented use of the English language's most absurd and quirky expressions, explaining the logic of their original meanings to make them a little less baffling for native speakers and language-learners alike.
Teach Yourself books have been used and trusted by language learners for over 70 years and now their new interactive 'Discovery Method' means rules are absorbed faster and are easier to remember. Comprising a 416-page book and two CDs, this beginner to intermediate course enables you to master the four key skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking French. References in the book to interactive elements may no longer be valid. Boxed set.