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The Language Instinct: The New Science of Language and Mind
4.05
**spoiler alert** Pinker is entertaining as he explains the basic tenets of language development for laypeople or beginning students of linguistics. H...more
Jul 2005
Oct 05, 2007
 
The Practice of English Language Teaching
4.03
What can I say about a coursebook I had to read, tear apart and rearrange into dry essays on teaching theory?

Useful, but not fun.
Jun 09, 2011
May 04, 2011
 
The Meaning Of Everything
3.96
I'm disturbed by the current trend of history authors focusing more on the biographies of the inviduals involved in a project rather than the ideas be...more
May 04, 2012
May 02, 2012
 
Speak German!
3.17
An der Uni vor ein paar Jahren habe ich eine Arbeit genau zu diesem Thema geschrieben: die englische Sprache, das eigentliche Kind von Französisch und...more
Mar 14, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
 
Songs, Roars, and Rituals: Communication in Birds, Mammals, and Other Animals
3.43
I appreciate how often the authors insist that animal communication is so complex and our knowledge of it so limited that very few assumptions should...more
Jul 25, 2011
Jul 22, 2011
 
Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod: Ein Wegweiser durch den Irrgarten der deutschen Sprache (Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod, #1)
3.53
It was somewhat useful in its reiteration of many rules of German, but not at all witty (as I had hoped). Any efforts to match the brilliant self-mock...more
Nov 26, 2010
Oct 06, 2007
 
Mit Zwei Sprachen Groß Werden. Mehrsprachige Erziehung In Familie, Kindergarten Und Schule
4.00
A very positive book with idealistic views presented through realistic guidelines. Her basic thesis is that nothing of course can be guaranteed until...more
Feb 2007
Oct 06, 2007
 
The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Official Style Guide Used by the Writers and Editors of the World's Most Authoritative Newspaper
4.31
This is a great reference for proofreading, editing, or keeping one's own non-fiction writing à la mode, grammatically infallible, and politically up-...more
Jan 2007
Oct 05, 2007
 
Orality and Literacy
4.10
Authors of Non-Fiction do take note: THIS is how you impart information poetically, how you make your passion for your subject contagious.

Jun 27, 2011
Jun 23, 2011
 
Made in America
3.86
A cute history of the United States and the words it has contributed to the English language. I would have preferred a more concentrated focus on the...more
Feb 2007
Oct 05, 2007
 
How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs If You Ever Want to Get Published
4.01
I fell off the couch laughing. At old me, at current me, and so many of my fellow amateur writers.

At times the advice is diconcertingly broad (especia...more
Jan 25, 2011
Jan 23, 2011
 
The Genius of Language: Fifteen Writers Reflect on Their Mother Tongue
3.55
Ultimately lacking specific information on bilingualism or universal truth on multi-cultural identities, the collection seems to be for entertainment'...more
May 08, 2009
Jul 20, 2008
 
The Bilingual Family
3.38
Interesting and helpful, especially to those wanting to raise their children bilingual. I especially liked the explanations on children's language dev...more
Jan 31, 2009
Dec 03, 2008
 
Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences; With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory
3.62
Like Harryette Mullen, Roy Blount Jr. gets it that language is supposed to taste good.
Feb 05, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
 
Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages
3.64
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Nov 2010
Dec 13, 2010
 
dtv-Atlas Deutsche Sprache
4.08
None
Apr 2004
Jul 18, 2008
 
The Seven Words You Can't Say on Television
3.86
None
Jun 29, 2009
Jun 29, 2009
 
Translation/History/Culture: A Sourcebook
4.00
None
Nov 2002
Mar 06, 2010
 
Translation Studies
3.57
None
Sep 2002
Mar 06, 2010
 
Languages in Competition
4.33
None
Nov 2004
Mar 06, 2010
 
Postcolonial Translation: Theory and Practice
3.70
None
Oct 2002
Mar 06, 2010
 
The Translation Studies Reader
3.88
None
Dec 2002
Sep 28, 2008
 
Of Grammatology
3.91
None
Nov 2002
Oct 06, 2007
 
The Rustle of Language
4.06
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Oct 05, 2002
Mar 05, 2011
 
The Frontiers of Language and Nationality in Europe
3.00
None
Dec 2004
Mar 06, 2011
 
The State of the Language
3.50
None
Dec 2004
Mar 06, 2011
 
English Around the World: Sociolinguistic Perspectives
3.00
None
Dec 2004
Mar 06, 2011
 
History of Foreign Words in English
3.00
None
Nov 2004
Mar 06, 2011
 
Variation in German: A Critical Approach to German Sociolinguistics
3.86
None
Nov 2004
Mar 06, 2011
 
German Language Today: Its Patterns & Background
3.00
None
Dec 2004
Mar 06, 2011
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