Best Linguistics Reference Books
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1. Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism
Author: by Amanda Montell
The author of the widely praised Wordslut analyzes the social science of cult influence: how cultish groups from Jonestown and Scientology to SoulCycle and social media gurus use language as the ultimate form of power. What makes cults so intriguing and frightening?
What makes them powerful? The reason why so many of us binge Manson documentaries by the dozen and fall down rabbit holes researching suburban moms gone QAnon is because we’re looking for a satisfying explanation for what causes people to joinand more importantly, stay inextreme groups.
We secretly want to know: could it happen to me? Amanda Montell’s argument is that, on some level, it already has … Our culture tends to provide pretty flimsy answers to questions of cult influence, mostly having to do with vague talk of brainwashing.
But the true answer has nothing to do with freaky mind-control wizardry or Kool-Aid. In Cultish, Montell argues that the key to manufacturing intense ideology, community, and us/them attitudes all comes down to language. In both positive ways and shadowy ones, cultish language is something we hearand are influenced byevery single day.
2. Highly Irregular: Why Tough, Through, and Dough Don't Rhyme―And Other Oddities of the English Language
Author: by Arika Okrent
Oxford University Press
Maybe you’ve been speaking English all your life, or maybe you learned it later on. But whether you use it just well enough to get your daily business done, or you’re an expert with a red pen who never omits a comma or misplaces a modifier, you must have noticed that there are some thingsabout this language that are just weird.
Perhaps you’re reading a book and stop to puzzle over absurd spelling rules (Why are there so many ways to say ‘-gh’?), or you hear someone talking and get stuck on an expression (Why do we say “How dare you” but not “How try you”?), or your kid quizzes you on homework (Why is it “eleven and twelve”instead of “oneteen and twoteen”?).
Suddenly you ask yourself, “Wait, why do we do it this way?” You think about it, try to explain it, and keep running into walls. It doesn’t conform to logic. It doesn’t work the way you’d expect it to. There doesn’t seem to be any rule at all.
There might not be a logical explanation, but there will be an explanation, and this book is here to help. In Highly Irregular, Arika Okrent answers these questions and many more. Along the way she tells the story of the many influences-from invading French armies to stubborn Flemish printers-that made our language the way it is today.
3. Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever
Author: by John McWhorter
Avery (May 4, 2021)
A New York Times bestseller One of the preeminent linguists of our time examines the realms of language that are considered shocking and taboo in order to understand what imbues curse words with such power-and why we love them so much.
Profanity has always been a deliciously vibrant part of our lexicon, an integral part of being human. In fact, our ability to curse comes from a different part of the brain than other parts of speech-the urgency with which we say “f&*k!” is instead related to the instinct that tells us to flee from danger.
Language evolves with time, and so does what we consider profane or unspeakable. Nine Nasty Words is a rollicking examination of profanity, explored from every angle: historical, sociological, political, linguistic. In a particularly coarse moment, when the public discourse is shaped in part by once-shocking words, nothing could be timelier.
4. Remembering the Kanji 1: A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters
Author: by James W. Heisig
University of Hawaii Press
Updated to include the 196 new kanji approved by the Japanese government in 2010 as general-use kanji, the sixth edition of this popular text aims to provide students with a simple method for correlating the writing and the meaning of Japanese characters in such a way as to make them both easy to remember.
It is intended not only for the beginner, but also for the more advanced student looking for some relief from the constant frustration of forgetting how to write the kanji, or for a way to systematize what he or she already knows.
The author begins with writing the kanji becausecontrary to first impressionsit is in fact simpler than learning how to the pronounce them. By ordering the kanji according to their component parts or primitive elements, and then assigning each of these parts a distinct meaning with its own distinct image, the student is led to harness the powers of imaginative memory to learn the various combinations that make up the kanji.
In addition, each kanji is given its own key word to represent the meaning, or one of the principal meanings, of that character. These key words provide the setting for a particular kanji’s story, whose protagonists are the primitive elements.
5. EASY-TO-READ CROSSWORD PUZZLES FOR ADULTS: LARGE-PRINT, MEDIUM-LEVEL PUZZLES THAT ENTERTAIN AND CHALLENGE
Author: by Jenny Patterson
These 80 Crossword Puzzles are Easy on the Eyes and Challenging to the MindThese challenges were written with the casual crossword puzzle aficionado in mind. I’ve always like to do the easy or medium puzzles, in fact, all the crossword books I own are completed up to the point the difficult ones begin.
Your mind and the minds of your friends deserve this entertaining workout, testing knowledge of words, trivia, and spelling. If you enjoy the daily or weekly crosswords in the New York Times or other such paper, the puzzles in this book will be too easy for you.
We’ve made our puzzles in large type to make them easier on the eyes. Even our solutions are in an easy-to-read format with six answer keys per page. This large-print crossword puzzle book offers:80 medium crossword puzzles to buoy the spirit and exercise the mindHours and hours of captivating challengesLarge-print puzzles and solutionsLarge grids make it easier to enter lettersMedium level crosswordsHundreds of clues to solveGreat for limbering up the mind during breakfast, an evening’s entertainment, a break at the office, or to pass the time enjoyably while on a train or plane.
6. Wheelock's Latin, 7th Edition (The Wheelock's Latin Series)
Author: by Frederic M. Wheelock
For nearly sixty years, Wheelock’s Latin has remained the optimus liber of beginning Latin textbooks. When Professor Frederic M. Wheelock’s Latin first appeared in 1956, the reviews extolled its thoroughness, organization, and conciseness; one reviewer predicted that the book “might well become the standard text” for introducing students to elementary Latin.
Now, nearly six decades later, that prediction has certainly proved accurate. This new edition of Wheelock’s Latin has all of the features, many of them improved and expanded, that have made it the bestselling single-volume beginning Latin textbook: 40 chapters with grammatical explanations and readings drawn from the works of Rome’s major prose and verse writers; Self-tutorial exercises, each with an answer key, for independent study; An extensive EnglishLatin/LatinEnglish vocabulary section; A rich selection of original Latin readingsunlike other Latin textbooks, which contain primarily made-up texts; Etymological aids, maps, and dozens of images illustrating aspects of the classical culture and mythology presented in the chapter readings.
7. The Well-Spoken Thesaurus: The Most Powerful Ways to Say Everyday Words and Phrases (Gifts for Writers, Authors, English Teachers)
Author: by Tom Heehler
The ultimate guide on how to speak eloquently, including 200 well-spoken alternatives to common words and phrases. If you’ve ever fumbled while trying to use a big word (‘lofty word,’ ‘pretentious word’) to impress a crowd, you know what it’s like to (‘know what it is to’) be poorly spoken.
The fear of mispronouncing or misusing complex words is real and leaves many of us consigned to the lower levels (‘lower reaches,’ ‘lower echelons’) of the English language. The secret to eloquence, however, lies in simplicitythe ability to use ordinary words in extraordinary ways.
The Well-Spoken Thesaurus is your guide to eloquence, featuring lessons from some of the most articulate speakers of our past and present. While a common thesaurus provides only synonyms as mere word-for-word equivalents, The Well-Spoken Thesaurus is filled with (‘awash in,’ ‘instilled with,’ ‘dense with,’ ‘rich in’) dynamic reinventions of standard words and phrases.
Lessons from history’s greatest writers and speakers, including:Margaret AtwoodBarack ObamaT.S. EliotEdith WhartonMartin Luther King, Jr.Henry JamesBarbara KingsolverJohn SteinbeckThe Well-Spoken Thesaurus is the ultimate vocabulary builder for adults seeking to improve their vocabulary and speak better.
8. American Sign Language Dictionary, Third Edition
Author: by Martin L.A. Sternberg
Deaf since the age of seven, Martin L.A.Sternberg, Ed.D., spent most of his career working with deaf people. Inspired by his sign language teacher at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, he devised this vital reference to help anyone learn to speak with their hands.
A must for parents, instructors, and students, American Sign Language Dictionary includes everything you need to know to communicate clearly using ASL. This illustrated abridgment of the most authoritative reference book on sign language features more than 5,000 signs and 8,000 illustrations, as well as clear, detailed instructions to help you master each sign.
9. The Great Book of American Idioms: A Dictionary of American Idioms, Sayings, Expressions & Phrases
Author: by Lingo Mastery
Published at: Independently published (October 13, 2019)
Do you feel that it’s like pulling teeth when you want to learn new sayings? Would you like to be able to discover new American idioms and phrases that will make communication a piece of cake? Sure, you can learn English with a language course or a textbook just fine, and climb up the ranks in terms of your grasp of the language but are you sure you can talk like a native?
For starters, many expressions used by fluent speakers of English can’t exactly be learned in a book, and it can be frustrating to realize that your formal learning hasn’t been enough to teach you the way people talk in real life.
Sometimes, it’s all about having the right tools at your disposal and this is where The Great Book of American Idioms comes in! Written to act as a powerful addition to your other English-learning resources, this book will allow you to:Discover over 1300 different idioms and sayings, covering hundreds of different subjectsLearn the correct definition and usage of each expression, ensuring that you know exactly when you can say them out loud during a conversationVisualize examples of the sayings in common conversations, helping you understand their contextTake advantage of important tips we provide you in the introduction and conclusion of the book, so that you can boost your learning and get a much better understanding of the English language.
10. Garner's Modern English Usage
Author: by Bryan Garner
Oxford University Press
With more than a thousand new entries and more than 2,300 word-frequency ratios, the magisterial fourth edition of this book-now renamed Garner’s Modern English Usage (GMEU)-reflects usage lexicography at its finest. Garner explains the nuances of grammar and vocabulary with thoroughness,finesse, and wit.
He discourages whatever is slovenly, pretentious, or pedantic. GMEU is the liveliest and most compulsively readable reference work for writers of our time. It delights while providing instruction on skillful, persuasive, and vivid writing. Garner liberates English from two extremes: both from the hidebound “purists” who mistakenly believe that split infinitivesand sentence-ending prepositions are malfeasances and from the linguistic relativists who believe that whatever people say or write must necessarily be accepted.
The judgments here are backed up not just by a lifetime of study but also by an empirical grounding in the largest linguistic corpus ever available. In this fourth edition, Garner has made extensive use of corpus linguistics to include ratios of standard terms as compared against variants in modernprint sources.
11. Linguistic Justice (NCTE-Routledge Research Series)
Author: by April Baker-Bell
Bringing together theory, research, and practice to dismantle Anti-Black Linguistic Racism and white linguistic supremacy, this book provides ethnographic snapshots of how Black students navigate and negotiate their linguistic and racial identities across multiple contexts. By highlighting the counterstories of Black students, Baker-Bell demonstrates how traditional approaches to language education do not account for the emotional harm, internalized linguistic racism, or consequences these approaches have on Black students’ sense of self and identity.
This book presents Anti-Black Linguistic Racism as a framework that explicitly names and richly captures the linguistic violence, persecution, dehumanization, and marginalization Black Language-speakers endure when using their language in schools and in everyday life. To move toward Black linguistic liberation, Baker-Bell introduces a new way forward through Antiracist Black Language Pedagogy, a pedagogical approach that intentionally and unapologetically centers the linguistic, cultural, racial, intellectual, and self-confidence needs of Black students.
12. Essential Linguistics, Second Edition: What Teachers Need to Know to Teach ESL, Reading, Spelling, and Grammar
Author: by David E Freeman
The bestselling first edition of Essential Linguistics presented the basic concepts of linguistics in everyday language, and showed the connections between linguistic theory and classroom practice. David and Yvonne Freeman make the Second Edition even more valuable by: clearly explaining English phonology, morphology, and syntax and the implications for teaching using the International Phonetic Alphabet to prepare students for the Praxis examination including chapters on first and second language acquisition research and theories reviewing ESL teaching methods.
With examples, activities, and end-of-chapter applications that link linguistic theory and classroom practice, the Freemans show teachers how to use their new understandings of linguistics to help student learning. Essential Linguistics, Second Edition will be your go-to resource for all things linguistics, now better than ever.
13. Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It
Author: by Gabriel Wyner
NATIONAL BESTSELLER For anyone who wants to learn a foreign language, this is the method that will finally make the words stick. A brilliant and thoroughly modern guide to learning new languages. Gary Marcus, cognitive psychologist and author of the New York Times bestseller Guitar Zero At thirty years old, Gabriel Wyner speaks six languages fluently.
He didn’t learn them in schoolwho does? Rather, he learned them in the past few years, working on his own and practicing on the subway, using simple techniques and free online resourcesand here he wants to show others what he’s discovered.
Starting with pronunciation, you’ll learn how to rewire your ears and turn foreign sounds into familiar sounds. You’ll retrain your tongue to produce those sounds accurately, using tricks from opera singers and actors. Next, you’ll begin to tackle words, and connect sounds and spellings to imagery rather than translations, which will enable you to think in a foreign language.
And with the help of sophisticated spaced-repetition techniques, you’ll be able to memorize hundreds of words a month in minutes every day. This is brain hacking at its most exciting, taking what we know about neuroscience and linguistics and using it to create the most efficient and enjoyable way to learn a foreign language in the spare minutes of your day.
14. Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology
Author: by Robert K. Barnhart
As all lovers of language know, words are the source of our very understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Often, however, our use of language is so automatic that we neglect to consider where those words came from and what they assume.
What are the implications, beyond the simple dictionary definitions, of using words such as privilege, hysteria, seminal, and gyp? Browsing through the pages of The Barhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology is like exploring the historical, political, and rhetorical wonderland of our linguistic heritage.
We see the evolution of ideas, as rootword connections that now seem arbitrary are traced to schools of thought from the past. We also find an opportunity to examine how the sometimes backwards, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes illuminating ideologies built into our language affect our modern thinking.
Written in a fresh, accessible style, this book provides the derivations of over 21,000 English-language words without resorting to the use of abbreviations, symbols, or technical terminology. Drawing on the most current American scholarship, and focusing onthe core words in contemporary English, The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology is both a diverting browse and a thinking person’s Bible.
15. Workbook for Wheelock's Latin
Author: by Paul T. Comeau
Make learning Latin faster and easier with this essential companion to the esteemed classic introductory textbook, Wheelock’s Latin. Reflecting the trend toward more active use of classroom Latin, this supplemental workbook focuses on listening and speaking skills to help students new to the language master its basics.
Workbook for Wheelock’s Latin offers forty lessons presented in an easy-to-read, clear layout. Each chapter begins with a detailed set of objectives (intellegenda) and continues with a series of questions designed to focus directly on newly introduced grammar (grammatica), as well as:Transformation drills, word and phrase translations, and other exercises to test and sharpen skills;Word Power sections that focus on vocabulary and derivatives;Reading comprehension questions and sentences for translation practice;Perforated pages for written homework assignments, including space for the student’s name, class, and date.
16. Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
Author: by Maryanne Wolf
“Human beings were never born to read,” writes Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert Maryanne Wolf. Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself to learn something new. In this ambitious, provocative book, Wolf chronicles the remarkable journey of the reading brain not only over the past five thousand years, since writing began, but also over the course of a single child’s life, showing in the process why children with dyslexia have reading difficulties and singular gifts.
Lively, erudite, and rich with examples, Proust and the Squid asserts that the brain that examined the tiny clay tablets of the Sumerians was a very different brain from the one that is immersed in today’s technology-driven literacy. The potential transformations in this changed reading brain, Wolf argues, have profound implications for every child and for the intellectual development of our species.