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Languages: A Very Short Introduction
Language: en
Pages: 135
Authors: Stephen R. Anderson
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-06-28 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

How many languages are there? Are new languages still being discovered? Why are so many languages disappearing? In this Very Short Introduction, eminent linguist Stephen Anderson addresses such questions as he illuminates the science behind languages. Considering a wide range of different languages and linguistic examples, Anderson provides the basic
English Literature: A Very Short Introduction
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Jonathan Bate
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-10-07 - Publisher: OUP Oxford

English Literature: A Very Short Introduction discusses why literature matters, how narrative works, and what is distinctly English about English literature. Jonathan Bate considers how we determine the content of the field, and looks at the three major kinds of imaginative literature - English poetry, English drama and The English
The English Language: A Very Short Introduction
Language: en
Pages: 152
Authors: Simon Horobin
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-01-18 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

The English language is spoken by more than a billion people throughout the world. But where did English come from? And how has it evolved into the language used today? In this Very Short Introduction Simon Horobin investigates how we have arrived at the English we know today, and celebrates
Hobbes: A Very Short Introduction
Language: en
Pages: 168
Authors: Richard Tuck
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002-05-30 - Publisher: OUP Oxford

Thomas Hobbes, the first great English political philosopher, has long had the reputation of being a pessimistic atheist, who saw human nature as inevitably evil and proposed a totalitarian state to subdue human failings. In this illuminating study, Richard Tuck re-evaluates Hobbes's philosophy and dispels these myths, revealing him to
Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: John Edwards
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-07-11 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Sociolinguistics deals with the social life of language, language in its sociocultural context. It is a branch of linguistics that looks less at the shape or sound of words--morphology or phonology--and more at how our words and sentences are influenced by the society around us--for instance, how the accent or