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A History of German: What the Past Reveals about Today's Language

Second Edition

£21.99

Joseph Salmons

9780198723028
Paperback
August 2018

This textbook provides a detailed introduction to the development of the German language from prehistory to the present. This second edition has been extensively revised to include coverage of syntactic change, sociolinguistics, language variation, and language contact, as well as more detailed definitions and background information for beginners.

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An Introduction to Multilingualism: Language in a Changing World

£19.99

Florian Coulmas

9780198791119
Paperback
December 2017

Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics

This book offers an introduction to the many facets of multilingualism in a changing world, bringing in approaches from linguistics, sociology, history, political philosophy, and psychology. It provides the basic tools to analyse different kinds of multilingualism, and suggests questions and problems for discussion at the end of each chapter.

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Multilingualism: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

John C. Maher

9780198724995
Paperback
May 2017

Very Short Introductions

John C. Maher explains why societies everywhere have become more multilingual, despite the disappearance of hundreds of the world languages. He considers our notion of language as national or cultural identities, and discusses why nations cluster and survive around particular languages even as some territories pursue autonomy or nationhood.

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Slang: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Jonathon Green

9780198729532
Paperback
February 2016

Very Short Introductions

What words qualify as slang? Should slang be acknowledged as a language in itself? And what does the digital revolution mean for the future of slang? In this Very Short Introduction, Jonathon Green addresses these questions, considering the etymology, dating, and spelling of the words that have invaded and shaped the English language.

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Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

John Edwards

9780199858613
Paperback
July 2013

Very Short Introductions

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Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Richard Toye

9780199651368
Paperback
March 2013

Very Short Introductions

Society's attitudes to rhetoric are often very negative. Here, Richard Toye provides an engaging, historically informed introduction to rhetoric, from Ancient Greece to the present day. Wide-ranging in its scope, this Very Short Introduction is the essential starting point for understanding the art of persuasion.

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Sociolinguistic Typology: Social Determinants of Linguistic Complexity

£21.99

Peter Trudgill

9780199604357
Paperback
October 2011

This book considers how far social factors explain why human societies produce different kinds of language at different times and places and why some languages and dialects get simpler while others get more complex. It does so in the context of a wide range of languages and societies.

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