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Most popular linguistics books

The most popular linguistics books currently available. Updated weekly.
New Penguin Russian Course
Features a Russian language course for beginners. This book is designed to provide the student with an excellent command of basic Russian (the equivalent of A level standard). It features thirty lessons punctuated by revision exercises. It places an emphasis on acquiring vocabulary, experiencing conversational language and learning useful grammar.
Let's Sign BSL Flashcards: Early Years and Baby Signs (British Sign Language)
The Book of Pages: My Experience as a Congressional Page
Let's Sign Dictionary: Everyday BSL for Learners
Let's Sign for Work: BSL Guide for Service Providers
Why Are We Yelling: The Art of Productive Disagreement
A practical guide to having more honest and constructive arguments, featuring whimsical illustrations and real-world examples of arguments-gone-wrong
Manana Coursebook: Spanish B for the IB Diploma
An expertly written Spanish B course now updated for first examination 2020, providing students with thought-provoking materials to help them develop strong language skills and solid critical thinking.
Study of Language 6th Edition
This bestselling textbook is the most fundamental and easy-to-use introduction for beginner students. Broad yet concise, this overview of key topics draws students in. The sixth edition includes substantial changes to the chapters on phonetics, grammar and syntax, eighty new study questions and twenty new tasks.
Signs of Civilisation: How punctuation changed history
Signs of Civilisation provides an account of the rich cultural history of punctuation.
Bad Words: And What They Say About Us
Snowflake, elite, expert . . . What are today's 'bad words' and what do they say about us, both as individuals and as a society?
Language, Proof and Logic
A textbook/software package that covers first-order language in a method appropriate for a wide range of courses, from first logic courses for undergraduates (philosophy, mathematics, and computer science) to a first graduate logic course. It also includes applications for mobile devices, exercises, and a dedicated website.
Every Girl's Alphabet
Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words
Did you know that the Japanese have a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees?
Elements of Style
Teaching Tenses
Key Topics in Second Language Acquisition
This textbook offers an introductory overview of eight hotly-debated topics in second language acquisition research. It offers a glimpse of how SLA researchers have tried to answer common questions about second language acquisition rather than being a comprehensive introduction to SLA research.
Sounds & Furies: The Love-Hate Relationship between Women and Slang
Women as slang creators and users is perhaps the last, and very important, piece of the slang jigsaw. Women in slang is a pretty sorry story, but women and slang is an undiscovered territory, which this book explores, from fishwives and flappers to Mumsnet.
Picture of Dorian Gray / Le Portrait de Dorian Gray: Bilingual Parallel Text in English/Francais
Every Boy's Alphabet
Animal Languages: The secret conversations of the living world
A fascinating and philosophical exploration of animal intelligence and the way animals communicate with each other, and us.
Book of Feckin' Irish Slang that's great craic for cute hoors and bowsies
The almost incomprehensible wit and wonder of Irish slang words. Can you tell your bowsies from your gougers from your gurriers? No? Well, it's time to stop acting the maggot and find out, courtesy of this invaluable reference book that's been donkey's years in the making (only coddin').
You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships
Through research into the unique ways women talk to one another, this warm and wise exploration of female friendship will help women lean into the comfort these powerful relationships offer and avoid the hurt feelings that come from common miscommunications.
Wee Book a Glesca Banter: An A-Z of Glasgow Phrases
Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary
The making of the "Oxford English Dictionary" was a monumental 50 year task requiring thousands of volunteers. One of the keenest volunteers was a W C Minor who astonished everyone by refusing to come to Oxford to receive his congratulations. In the end, James Murray, the "OED's" editor, went to Crowthorne in Berkshire to meet him.
New Course in Reading Pali: Entering the Word of the Buddha
Let's Sign Pocket Dictionary: BSL Concise Beginner's Guide
God's Acre Beautiful; Or, the Cemeteries of the Future
Translation as Transhumance
A humanist meditation on the art of translation that also serves as a fascinating account of wartime danger, hospitality and human kinship.
Understanding Hieroglyphs: A Quick and Simple Guide
Learn how to unlock the secrets of an ancient civilization with the help of this book. Featuring hundreds of the most commonly used hieroglyphs, arranged in easy-to-use tables, with translations, plus examples from monuments, documents and museum exhibitions.
Rulebook for Arguments
Sign Language Link: A Pocket Dictionary of Signs
Smashing Grammar: A guide to improving your writing skills and avoiding common mistakes
A comprehensive guide to sharpening your grammar.
Let's Sign Early Years: BSL Building Blocks Child & Carer Guide
Second edition fully revised and in colour. British Sign Language (BSL) Building Blocks Child and Carer Guide.
Art of Rhetoric
This text examines Aristotle's "Rhetoric" as a classic treatise on the arts of public speaking and persuasion which played a role in the civic life of Greece. These arts, which evolved a highly formalized tradition of technique, were connected with the study of political and moral theory.
Orbs and the Attack of the Hair Spiders
Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language
An essential text for a new generation of twenty-first-century English language enthusiasts, its dual purpose as both a reference and textbook will appeal to English language lecturers and students as well as non-native English speakers. Audio resources recorded by David Crystal for this new edition bring the text to life.
Let's Sign BSL Feelings & Emotions Flashcards
An excellent reference point to explore and discuss feelings and emotions for children and adults with additional needs. Signs include 'anxious' 'calm' 'brave' 'bored' and many more 50 cards per pack.
Introducing Translation Studies: Theories and Applications
Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between British and American English
A laugh-out-loud dissection of the linguistic myths surrounding British and American English
Grammar Geek
Get your geek on.
Because Internet: Understanding how language is changing
Language, Culture, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
This introduction to linguistic anthropology includes basic concepts and methods, cognition, sociolinguistics, coverage of gender, race, and class, and an examination of communication in the digital age.
Lost World of the Torah: Law as Covenant and Wisdom in Ancient Context
Writing: Making Your Mark
This beautifully illustrated book, published to coincide with an interactive landmark British Library exhibition, celebrates the act of writing from across the globe and explores its complex and diverse history.
Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
English Phonetics and Phonology: An Introduction
Welsh Learner's Dictionary, The / Geiriadur y Dysgwyr
This Welsh dictionary provides learners with what they really need: complete examples of words and phrases in context. Readers can learn Welsh usages as well as words.
Introduction to the History of English
This introduction to the history of English includes chapters on language change, the Indo-European background of English, and on Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English and Late Modern English. It offers information about the socio-historical background, the core areas of linguistic structure, discourse, speech acts and genres.
Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language
Academic Foundations of Interpreting Studies - An Introduction to Its Theories
This is the first introductory course book that explores the theoretical foundations used in sign language interpreting studies.
Scouse-English Glossary
Scouse-English Glossary
Sounds Appealing: The Passionate Story of English Pronunciation
The newest volume in David Crystal's pentalogy of the English language, focusing on the subtleties of pronunciation
Uses of Literacy: Aspects of Working-Class Life
When a society becomes more affluent, does it lose other values? Are the skills that education and literacy gave millions wasted on consuming pop culture? Do the media coerce us into a world of the superficial and the material - or can they be a force for good? This book asks these questions.