A Rhetoric of Irony (Phoenix Books)

By Wayne C. Booth

Perhaps no different severe label has been made to hide extra flooring than "irony," and in our time irony has come to have such a lot of meanings that on its own it capability virtually not anything. during this paintings, Wayne C. sales space cuts during the ensuing confusions through interpreting how we have the ability to proportion particularly particular ironies—and why we regularly fail once we attempt to achieve this. How does a reader or listener realize the type of assertion which calls for him to reject its "clear" and "obvious" which means? and the way does any reader understand the place to forestall, as soon as he has launched into the harmful and exhilarating course of rejecting "what the phrases say" and reconstructing "what the writer means"?

In the 1st and longer a part of his paintings, sales space offers with the workings of what he calls "stable irony," irony with a transparent rhetorical motive. He then turns to meant instabilities—ironies that face up to interpretation and at last result in the "infinite absolute negativities" that experience obsessed feedback because the Romantic period.

Professor sales space is often mockingly acutely aware that not anyone can fathom the unfathomable. yet through having a look heavily at risky ironists like Samuel Becket, he exhibits that at the least a few of our commonplaces approximately meaninglessness require revision. eventually, he explores—with the aid of Plato—the wry paradoxes that threaten any uncompromising statement that every one statement could be undermined through the spirit of irony.

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German Quickly: A Grammar for Reading German

By April Wilson

German quick: A Grammar for examining German is an intensive, common textbook with a feeling of enjoyable. It teaches the basics for studying German literary and scholarly texts of all degrees of hassle. it may be used as an introductory textual content for students with out heritage in German, or it may well function a reference textual content for college kids wishing to study German. The grammar reasons are targeted and transparent, addressing universal difficulties scholars come upon whereas studying to learn German. This e-book contains thought-provoking and exciting interpreting decisions consisting often of aphorisms and proverbs. There also are twelve appendices, together with a precis of German grammar, descriptions of German dictionaries, a partial resolution key, ideas for studying German, and a humanities vocabulary part of approximately 3,800 phrases.

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The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World (Oxford Linguistics)

By J. P. Mallory

This booklet introduces Proto-Indo-European, describes the way it used to be reconstructed from its descendant languages, and exhibits what it unearths in regards to the those who spoke it among 5,500 and 8,000 years in the past. utilizing comparable proof from archaeology and common heritage the authors discover the lives, techniques, passions, tradition, society, economic system, heritage, and atmosphere of the Proto-Indo-Europeans. They comprise chapters on fauna, flowers, family members and kinship, garments and textiles, foods and drinks, house and time, feelings, mythology, and faith, and describe the hunt to find the Proto-Indo-European homeland.

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The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

By Melvyn Bragg

Here is the riveting tale of the English language, from its humble beginnings as a local dialect to its present preeminence because the one international language, spoken by way of greater than billion humans world wide. during this groundbreaking booklet, Melvyn Bragg exhibits how English conquered the realm. it's a brilliant experience, packed with jealousy, intrigue, and war—against a hoard of invaders, all armed with their very own conquering languages, which little by little, the audio system of English absorbed and made their own.

alongside the way in which, its colourful tale takes in a number of outstanding humans, areas, and occasions: the Norman invasion of britain in 1066; the arriving of The Canterbury Tales and a “coarse” playwright named William Shakespeare, who additional 2,000 phrases to the language; the songs of slaves; the phrases of Davy Crockett; and the Lewis and Clark day trip, which resulted in hundreds of thousands of latest phrases because the explorers found unknown wildlife. The experience of English is a captivating tale not just of energy, faith, and exchange, but additionally of a humans and the way they replaced the world.

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The Vulgar Tongue: Buckish Slang and Pickpocket Eloquence

By Francis Grose

flash lingo n. The canting or slang language

A attention-grabbing and hilarious choice of all of the phrases and words that raised eyebrows within the 18th century. the unique 1796 substitute dictionary of 'The Vulgar Tongue', proficient readers within the right utilization of colloquialisms, slang and previous English idioms.

Includes these regular entries corresponding to 'mealy-mouthed', initially that means over-modest, and revives classics that are meant to by no means were forgotten, resembling 'apple dumplin shop' for a woman's bosom, 'nit squeeger' (a hairdresser) and 'flaybottomist' (a teacher). So, you won't be a 'Jason's Fleece' if you purchase this ebook. in reality, take complete benefit of the Vulgar Tongue and you'll be less of a 'nigmenog'. No real aspiring vulgarite should still depart domestic with no it!

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Language, Meaning, Interpretation: 2 (Philosophical Problems Today)

Philosophy of good judgment and language, and of that means and conversation are significant to this quantity. The dialogue of those concerns consists of analytical methods, together with semantics and semiotics, philosophy of technology, mathematical common sense, phenomenology, hermeneutics and a few elements of philosophical anthropology and aesthetics. Philosophy of absolutely the additionally belongs to this vast repertoire of philosophical difficulties and disciplines. a few difficulties and viewpoints derive from the metaphysical method; any relativistic view on moral values, for example, is sensible when it comes to a few absolute. Metaphysical approach construction could have come to an finish, yet in any case it belongs to philosophy to remind us of our earlier.

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Watching My Language:: Adventures in the Word Trade

By William Safire

"The 9th quantity of tidbits of stylistic wit and knowledge from a guy prepared to exhibit his grammar in public. . . . another time, readers will locate that William Safire's it sounds as if unending ability to be fascinated with language is extremely contagious. "
--Kirkus Reviews

America's so much wonderful language maven is again with extra phrases to dwell by way of in his most modern exploration of scorching catchphrases, syntactical controversies, and different issues of nationwide linguistic importance.

Before you scratch that seven-year-itch, you have to comprehend the place it got here from. And ahead of a person blurts, "You simply do not get it,"  perhaps you might want to seek advice the Pulitzer Prize profitable language columnist at the origins of that snappy feminist motto.

In Watching My Language, William Safire investigates those questions and so forth, including:

What language used to be invoice Clinton talking whilst he fumed, "I are looking to placed a fist midway down their throats with this. . . . i would like their the teeth at the sidewalk ?"
Why is Ukraine now not the Ukraine? should still there be an rebel in contrast usage?
Did baseball supervisor Leo Durocher relatively say, "Nice men end final" ?
Who merits credits for coining the expressions coverage wonk, digerati, and Not!?

William Safire, a guy hip sufficient to discover the that means of hip-hop, solutions those questions and plenty of extra during this witty and enlightening collection.

Praise for William Safire
"Safire infuses his verbiage with humor, well timed examples, and fees, leading to mini-essays which are informative and exciting. "  
--Nashville Banner

"Wonderful. . . . the place as soon as stood your seventh-grade English instructor guarding the slender gates of fine utilization and proper grammar now stands William Safire. . . . His precise calling is chasing down first-time makes use of of a classy word, recognizing literary allusions, and such a lot of all, preserving the yank language at the directly and slim. . . . Your previous English instructor may approve."    
--The Dallas Morning News

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Manipulation and Ideologies in the Twentieth Century: Discourse, language, mind (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture)

This ebook is a suite of 12 papers facing manipulation and beliefs within the twentieth century, as a rule just about political speeches via the leaders of significant totalitarian regimes, but additionally addressing propaganda inside modern right-wing populism and western ideological rhetoric. This booklet goals at bringing jointly researchers within the box of ideology copy to be able to higher comprehend the underlying mechanisms of speaker-favourable trust inculcation via language use. The publication covers a variety of theoretical views, from psychosocial techniques and discourse research to semantics and cognitive linguistics and pragmatics. The book’s principal crisis is to supply not just a reference paintings with updated info at the research of manipulation in discourse but in addition a couple of instruments for the student, a few of them being built inside of theories initially now not designed to deal with belief-change via language interpretation. Foreword by way of Frans van Eemeren.

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Gwynne's Latin: The Ultimate Introduction to Latin Including the Latin in Everyday English

By N. M. Gwynne

The final advisor to Latin, for its personal sake, to enhance your English, and to make you larger at every thing else

Latin is "it", the main amazing "thing". it really is mind-enhancing, character-improving, spell binding, interesting, deeply pleasurable, and worthy. My sturdy choice is to spare no pains to do it the justice that its value demands.

Mr Gwynne, writer of Gwynne’s Grammar, is simply as emphatic in regards to the value of Latin as he's in regards to the value of grammar. From the beginner to the extra well-versed, Gwynne’s Latin is vital for an individual attracted to studying Latin; Mr. Gwynne supplies to educate you extra Latin in part an hour than you are going to study from years of being taught Latin in school. He additionally incorporates a attention-grabbing part on daily Latin utilization, which discusses the entire Latin phrases and idioms we nonetheless use at the present time, equivalent to quid seasoned quo and sui generis. although we want no additional convincing—as we all know, Mr Gwynne is rarely wrong—here are only the various many explanation why Latin is completely superb: Latin is a tutorial topic effortless adequate for the least clever folks to understand all of the simple parts of, and but tricky adequate to be difficult for its maximum students. For good over 1,000 years it was once the technique of conversation that united the complete of Europe culturally and in any other major method. it's the direct ancestor of, among them, the 5 so much widely-spoken ecu languages, and either one of the professional South American languages. it's the ancestor and resource of greater than half the English language, in part at once and partially via French, which for a few centuries was once England’s authentic language. Following within the comparable fantastically designed footsteps of Gwynne’s Grammar, Gwynne’s Latin will educate you the entire basics of Latin speedy, completely, and higher than all of the competition.

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Filthy English: The How, Why, When And What of Everyday Swearing

A frank, humorous, and provocative trip during the foreign tradition of swearing, from the stunned seventies to the naughty noughties
For a long time the main offensive observe within the English language begun with an F, then a few ****s determined that it all started with a C—although nowadays to actually offend humans you should use the N observe. This renowned heritage strains how, while, and why this transition and others love it have occurred, and their importance. It also explores when and why English audio system moved from blasphemy to sexual swear phrases, and such different questions as Are racial insults the final last no-go quarter? Why do mom insults lower so deep within the Mediterranean? And who offers a **** anyway? contemplating the cultural nuances of profane language, this booklet offers a witty examine swearing and the influence of its new acceptability on language, manners, and society.

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