Languages and linguistics round up

May 28, 2009

Words: A User's Guide

Authors: Graham Pointon and Stewart Clark

Edition: First

Publisher: Longman Pearson

Pages: 456

Price: £12.99

ISBN 9781405859158

This is an accessible and invaluable reference ideal for students, businesspeople and advanced learners of English. Examining more than 5,000 words, it provides examples of usage adapted from large national databases of contemporary English and illustrates each headword in typical contexts and phrases.

Language in Literature: Style and Foregrounding

Author: Geoffrey Leech

Edition: First

Publisher: Longman Pearson

Pages: 240

Price: £19.99

ISBN 9780582051096

Leech's book shows a continuity of approach across a period when all too often literary and linguistic studies have appeared to drift further apart. He sets the concept of "foregrounding" at the heart of the interplay between form and interpretation. Through practical and insightful examination of how poems, plays and prose produce special meaning, he counteracts the "flight from the text" that has characterised thinking about language and literature in the past 30 years.

Quantitative Research in Linguistics: An Introduction

Author: Sebastian M. Rasinger

Edition: First

Publisher: Continuum

Pages: 240

Price: £75.00 and £19.99

ISBN 97808264960 and 6034

Presenting a comprehensive introduction to analysing quantitative linguistic data, this text starts with an in-depth examination of what quantitative data are and how they differ from qualitative data. It examines how quantitative techniques can help us to arrive at meaningful and accurate conclusions.

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