The Complete Guide to Japanese Kanji: Remembering and Understanding the 2,136 Standard Characters
The Complete Guide to Japanese Kanji
Remembering and Understanding the 2,136 Standard Characters
Paperback      ISBN: 4805311703
Learn over 2,000 Japanese Kanji characters with this user-friendly Japanese language-learning book. This unique Kanji study guide provides a comprehensive introduction to all the Kanji characters on the Japanese Ministry of Education's official Joyo ("General Use") list—providing detailed notes on the historical development of each character as well as all information needed by students to read and write them. As fascinating as it is useful, this is the book every Japanese language learners keeps on his or her desk and visits over and over. This Kanji book includes: - Clear, large-sized entries - All of the General Use Joyo Kanji Characters - Japanese readings and English meanings - stroke-count - stroke order - usage examples - mnemonic hints for easy memorization The components which make up each character are detailed and the Kanji are graded in difficulty according to Ministry of Education guidelines, allowing students to prioritize the order in which the Kanji are learned and track their progress. This book is essential to anyone who is planning to take the official Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) and will appeal to beginning students as well as those who wish to attain higher-level mastery of the Japanese language. It is the only book that also provides historical and etymological information about the Japanese Kanji. This latest edition has been updated to include all of the 2,136 Kanji on the expanded Joyo list issued by the Japanese government in 2010. Many entries have been revised to include the most recent research on character etymologies.

Complete Middle Egyptian: A New Method for Understanding Hieroglyphs: Reading Texts in Context
Complete Middle Egyptian
A New Method for Understanding Hieroglyphs: Reading Texts in Context
Paperback      ISBN: 1473609798
Designed for complete beginners, and tested for years with real learners, Complete Middle Egyptian offers a bridge from the textbook to the real world, enabling you to learn the grammar, access inscriptions in documents and monuments and even teaching you how to draw hieroglyphs yourself. Structured around key artefacts and introducing both the original hieroglyphs and transliteration (for easier understanding) this course also features: -16 learning units plus pronunciation section, grammar reference, sign list overview and sign list explanation -Stepped progression - clearly graduated progress through different levels of the language -Authentic materials - language taught through key artefacts and texts -Teaches the key skills - reading and understanding hieroglyphs -Culture insights - learn about the culture, society and politics of Middle Egypt -Self tests and learning activities - see and track your own progress Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.
A Conspiracy of Ravens: A Compendium of Collective Nouns for Birds
A Conspiracy of Ravens
A Compendium of Collective Nouns for Birds
Hardcover      ISBN: 1851244093
A charm of goldfinches. An ostentation of peacocks. A murder of crows. The English language brims with witty words for flocks of birds! Thought to have originated from hunting manuals, the practice of inventing collective nouns for birds has since evolved into a sport all its own, with new words striving to perfectly capture the essence of each bird. A Conspiracy of Ravens presents readers with a compendium of collective bird nouns from the distant and not-so-distant past. Some of the nouns are portentous, like a tiding of magpies. Others, like a murmuration of starlings or a chattering of choughs, convey sound. Still more reflect with literary flourish the beauty of the bird: what could be more celebratory than a crown of kingfishers or an exaltation of larks? Featuring songbirds, aquatic birds, garden favorites, and birds of prey, this book collects more than one hundred of the best and most imaginative expressions and illustrates them with charming woodcuts by the eighteenth-century artist and naturalist Thomas Bewick. A beautiful and entertaining read, A Conspiracy of Ravens will delight bird-lovers and word-lovers in equal measure.
Contradictionary: A bestiary of words in revolt
A bestiary of words in revolt
Paperback      ISBN: 0970910193
Contradictionary is a glossary of capitalist cant and anarchist argot—a field operations manual for the war within every word. In the tradition of The Devil's Dictionary, it concentrates a wealth of ideas and history into aphorisms and anecdotes, alternately scathing and sublime.

Dictionary of Maya Hieroglyphs
Dictionary of Maya Hieroglyphs
Paperback      ISBN: 0781808626
This work is a visual dictionary of Maya glyphs, offering a comprehensive catalogue of 1100 secured glyphs. Each entry includes the illustrated glyph, its phonetic transcription, Mayan equivalent, part of speech and meaning.
Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Paperback      ISBN: 0874840538
One of the outstanding problems of the biologist, whether he be beginning student or specialists, is that of understanding technical terms. The best way to understand and remember technical terms is to understand first their component parts, or roots. This dictionary has been designed primarily to meet the needs of the beginning student, the medical student, and the taxonomist, but it should be of value to all biologists.
Directions for Historical Linguistics: Reprint of the 1968 Original
Directions for Historical Linguistics
Reprint of the 1968 Original
Paperback      ISBN: 9004351892
A reprint of one of the classics of historical linguistics (which has been out of print), this book consists of five papers originally presented at a 1966 symposium at the U. of Texas at Austin. Scholars from the US and France address Ferdinand de Saussure
The Elements of Eloquence: Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase
The Elements of Eloquence
Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase
Paperback      ISBN: 042527618x
Examines popular and famous witty phrases to distill their stylistic significance, and provides tips and guidelines for writing one's own witty one-liners.
The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
The Etymologicon
A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
Paperback      ISBN: 0425260798
The writer behind the popular and humorous blog Inky Fool explores the interesting and surprising connections between words in the English language, including how one can go from being “gruntled
The F-Word
The F-Word
Hardcover      ISBN: 0195393112
We all know what frak, popularized by television's cult hit Battlestar Galactica, really means. But what about feck? Or ferkin? Or foul--as in FUBAR, or "Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition"? In a thoroughly updated edition of The F-Word, Jesse Sheidlower offers a rich, revealing look at the f-bomb and its illimitable uses. Since the fifteenth century, no other word has been adapted, interpreted, euphemized, censored, and shouted with as much ardor or force; imagine Dick Cheney telling Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy to "go damn himself" on the Senate floor--it doesn't have quite the same impact as what was really said. Sheidlower cites this and other notorious examples throughout history, from the satiric sixteenth-century poetry of James Cranstoun to the bawdy parodies of Lord Rochester in the seventeenth century, to more recent uses by Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, Ann Sexton, Norman Mailer, Liz Phair, Anthony Bourdain, Junot Diaz, Jenna Jameson, Amy Winehouse, Jon Stewart, and Bono (whose use of the word at the Grammys nearly got him fined by the FCC). Collectively, these references and the more than one hundred new entries they illustrate double the size of The F-Word since its previous edition. Thousands of added quotations come from newly available electronic databases and the resources of the OED, expanding the range of quotations to cover British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Irish, and South African uses in addition to American ones. Thus we learn why a fugly must hone his or her sense of humor, why Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau muttered "fuddle duddle" in the Commons, and why Fanny Adams is so sweet. A fascinating introductory essay explores the word's history, reputation, and changing popularity over time. and a new Foreword by comedian, actor, and author Lewis Black offers readers a smart and entertaining take on the book and its subject matter. Oxford dictionaries have won renown for their expansive, historical approach to words and their etymologies. The F-Word offers all that and more in an entertaining and informative look at a word that, while now largely accepted as an integral part of the English language, still confounds, provokes, and scandalizes.