Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

These are books and media new to the library and cataloged by the Inyo County Free Library.

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Babel no more: the search for the world's most extraordinary language learners

By Erard, Michael

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 400

Call Number: 401.93 ERA

An engaging assessment of famous historical "hyperpolyglot" linguistic high achievers who demonstrated an extraordinary capacity for learning and speaking languages explains the sources of such abilities and what their collective talents reveal about the nature of memory and language. By the author of Umů: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Dictionary days: a defining passion

By Stavans, Ilan

Publishing Date: c2005

Classification: 400

Call Number: 413.028 STA

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The mother tongue: English & how it got that way

By Bryson, Bill

Publishing Date: 2001

Classification: 400

Call Number: 420.9 BRY

With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson--the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent--brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can't), to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world's largest growth industries. - (HARPERCOLL)

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The word museum: the most remarkable English ever forgotten

By Kacirk, Jeffrey

Publishing Date: c2000

Classification: 400

Call Number: 423.1 KAC

As the largest and most dynamic collection of words ever assembled, the English language continues to expand. But as hundreds of new words are added annually, older ones are sacrificed. Now from the author of Forgotten English comes a collection of fascinating archaic words and phrases, providing an enticing glimpse into the past. With beguiling period illustrations, The Word Museum offers up the marvelous oddities and peculiar enchantments of old and unusual words. - (Blackwell North Amer)

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Literally, the best language book ever: annoying words and abused phrases you should never use again

By Yeager, Paul

Publishing Date: c2008

Classification: 400

Call Number: 428 YEA

An entertaining, iconoclastic guide to enhancing one's communication skills identifies hundreds of illogical expressions, misappropriated meanings, overused words, and grammatically incorrect phrases that frequently appear in modern-day English usage. Original. - (Baker & Taylor)

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