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Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane
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A wonderful if idiosyncratic book on the language of landscape and nature.

Part of the book is a glossary of dialect, regional, slang, jargon and new coinages, organised by subject. These glossaries are lists of words and places where they are in use - linguists may note that the sources are rather selective.

The glossary sections are interspersed with essays that explain how this information was collected, and explore the worlds of some of Macfarlane's favourite nature writers - there is also a fascinating section on young children, their childish language and their experiences of nature. Some of this material (notably the chapters on Nan Shepherd and Roger Deakin) will seem familiar to those who have read Macfarlane's previous books.

This paperback edition also contains a new appendix describing and listing some additions sent by readers of the original hardback.
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July 17, 2016 – Shelved
January 15, 2017 – Started Reading
January 16, 2017 –
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January 17, 2017 –
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January 18, 2017 – Finished Reading

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Christie This sounds exactly like my sort of book! Maybe our library will get it or something so I can read it.

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