Books in Humanities

Out of the Loud Hound of Darkness: A Dictionarrative

Traveling on from The Deluxe Transitive Vampire and Torn Wings and Faux Pas (chosen by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as one of the best books of 1997), Karen Elizabeth Gordon continues her wildly imaginative romp with Out of the Loud Hound of Darkness through a gothic landscape of language and her mythically Balkan world, a howling terrain and a cast of rampageous, eer

Genre: Humanities

Word Play: What Happens When People Talk

Why do certain words make us blush or wince? Why do men and women really speak different languages? Why do nursery rhymes in vastly different societies possess similar rhyme and rhythm patterns? What do slang, riddles and puns secretly have in common?This erudite yet irresistibly readable book examines the game of language: its players, strategies, and hidden rules. Drawi

Humanities books

The Story of Spanish

Just how did a dialect spoken by a handful of shepherds in Northern Spain become the worlds second most spoken language, the official language of twenty-one countries on two continents, and the unofficial second language of the United States? Jean-Benoit Nadeau and Julie Barlow, the husband-and-wife team who chronicled the history of the French language in The Story of Fr


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