A Look at Cuba Through Art and Words
Paperback ISBN: 1633534545
Spanish is a unique language. From Argentina to Spain, accents, meanings, connotations and more get lost between borders. Cubanisms by Pedro Menocal details the diverse history of the Spanish language as it evolved in the Lost City. With beautifully-traditional illustrations from noted Cuban artist Pablo Cano, Cubanisms embraces the hilarious and historic value of words and their interpretations. Funny as well as informative, this laugh-out-loud collection will keep you laughing and learning–from Havana or Santiago.
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
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.
The Emoji Code
The Linguistics Behind Smiley Faces and Scaredy Cats
Hardcover ISBN: 1250129060
Drawing from disciplines as diverse as linguistics, cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience, The Emoji Code explores how emojis are expanding communication and not ending it. For all the handwringing about the imminent death of written language, emoji—those happy faces and hearts—is not taking us backward to the dark ages of illiteracy. Every day 41.5 billion texts are sent by one quarter of the world, using 6 million emoji. Evans argues that these symbols enrich our ability to communicate and allow us to express our emotions and induce empathy—ultimately making us all better communicators. Vyvyan Evans's Emoji Code charts the evolutionary origins of language, the social and cultural factors that govern its use, change, and development; as well as what it reveals about the human mind. In most communication, nonverbal cues are our emotional expression, signal our personality, and are our attitude toward our addressee. They provide the essential means of nuance and are essential to getting our ideas across. But in digital communication, these cues are missing, which can lead to miscommunication. The explosion of emoji, in less than four years, has arisen precisely because it fulfills exactly these functions which are essential for communication but are otherwise absent in texts and emails. Evans persuasively argues that emoji add tone and an emotional voice and nuance, making us more effective communicators in the digital age.
A Collection of Rare Gems for Word Lovers
Paperback ISBN: 1632204533
Afterwit, agathism, ambsace, anacampserote, antepenultimate, antimony, and more! When a word perfectly captures a human truth, humans respond to it in the same way that they respond to a beautiful melody. They smile. They nod their heads. They tell others of their discovery.” So says Simon Hertnon in his introduction to Endangered Words, and after wrapping your tongue around the lexical rarities he offers up to his readers, you’ll have to agree! Hertnon provides one hundred hand-selected rarities, and, in a virtuoso display of concinnity, breathes life into them with his lucid descriptions of their meaning and engaging examples of their usage. Perhaps you are an arriviste enjoying a newfound sense of nikhedonia as you demonstrate your sprezzatura in a given subject. Or maybe you are a desipient plutomaniac destined to a life of poshlost. If this doesn’t describe you, then take your pick of the many wonderful words in this book: Omnistrain Trilemma Aporia Or maybe these are all schlimmbesserungs! Thanks to Endangered Words, you no longer have to be at a loss for words or reach for the clichéd and commonplace. The English language is brimming with ambrosial alternatives, and this compendium offers the cream of the crop. Filled with words to be treasured for their elegant precision, from apophenia to zemblanity, Endangered Words is the perfect handbook for writers, an excellent resource for communicators, and an entertaining read for anyone with an appetite for the very brightest gems of the English language.
Essential Japanese Kanji
Paperback ISBN: 480531379x
Essential Japanese Kanji is an easy approach to learning the most basic kanji encountered in everyday situations in Japan. Packed with fun quizzes and useful exercises for those wishing to improve their Japanese ability. Advanced Placement (AP) Exam practice questions make this an invaluable resource for students. There are 1.3 million Japanese Americans, and heritage learners form a large portion of the market for this book. Business travel and interest in Japanese manga, anime, music, cosplay and other factors driving the market for Japanese language learning This new edition has been repackaged and thoroughly revised. This new edition has been repackaged in a more compact, value-for-money size at a significantly reduced price while losing none of the content that has made it a long-selling favorite. - Provides a systematic introduction to the basic kanji characters - Includes compounds, radicals, readings, stroke counts, and definitions - Helpful writing practice guides teach you how to write each kanji - Example sentences show how each kanji is used in context Everyday tasks like finding a street address or buying a train ticket in Japan require a basic working knowledge of kanjiuthe Japanese system of writing based on Chinese characters. Essential japanese Kanji,/i> teaches you the kanji you'll actually need in everyday situations in lessons prepared by teachers from the prestigious University of Tokyo.
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