Strictly English

If you wince when you see "different than" in print, or are offended by people who think that "infer" and "imply" mean the same thing, then this book will provide reassurance that you are not alone.

Author: Simon Heffer

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446474792

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

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"Be in no doubt: the beer was drunk but the man drank the beer." "We must avoid vulgarities like 'front up'. If someone is 'fronting up' a television show, then he is presenting it." Simon Heffer's incisive and amusingly despairing emails to colleagues at the The Daily Telegraph about grammatical mistakes and stylistic slips have attracted a growing band of ardent fans over recent years. Now, in his new book Strictly English, he makes an impassioned case for an end to the sloppiness that has become such a hallmark of everyday speech and writing, and shows how accuracy and clarity are within the grasp of anyone who is prepared to take the time to master a few simple rules. If you wince when you see "different than" in print, or are offended by people who think that "infer" and "imply" mean the same thing, then this book will provide reassurance that you are not alone. And if you believe that precise and elegant English really does matter, then it will prove required reading.

Simply English

Also, many people who had read Strictly English were kind enough to write to me — some in great detail — about their own irritations with the abuse of ...

Author: Simon Heffer

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446473801

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 400

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In his best-selling Strictly English Simon Heffer explained how to write and speak our language well. In Simply English he offers an entertaining and supremely useful A–Z guide to frequent errors, common misunderstandings and stylistic howlers. What is the difference between amend and emend, between imply and infer, and between uninterested and disinterested? When should one put owing to rather than due to? Why should the temptation to write actually, basically or at this moment in time always be strenuously resisted? How does one use an apostrophe correctly, ensure that one understands what alibi really means, and avoid the perils of the double negative? With articles on everything from punctuation to tabloid English to adverbs and adjectives, Simply English is the essential companion for anyone who cares about the language and wants to use it correctly.

Complete IELTS Bands 5 6 5 Workbook Without Answers with Audio CD

STRICTLY ENGLISH British newspaper columnist Simon Hefler talks about his new book, 'Strictly English: the Correct Way to Write and Why It Matters', ...

Author: Mark Harrison

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107401969

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 61

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Complete IELTS Bands 5-6.5 Workbook without Answers features 8 topic based units for homework and self-study which cover reading, writing and listening skills, further practise in the grammar and vocabulary taught in the Student's Book and an Audio CD containing all the listening material for the Workbook.

Studying English Pope

'The rest of your life' is, literally and metaphorically, everythingelsethat isnot strictly 'English' but insome way relates toit – if onlybecause ...

Author: Rob Pope

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135696276

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

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Studying English Literature and Language is unique in offering both an introduction and a companion for students taking English Literature and Language degrees. Combining the functions of study guide, critical dictionary and text anthology, this is a freshly recast version of the highly acclaimed The English Studies Book. This third edition features: fresh sections on the essential skills and study strategies needed to complete a degree in English—from close reading, research and referencing to full guidelines and tips on essay-writing, participating in seminars, presentations and revision an authoritative guide to the life skills, further study options and career pathways open to graduates of the subject updated introductions to the major theoretical positions and approaches taken by scholars in the field, from earlier twentieth century practical criticism to the latest global and ecological perspectives extensive entries on key terms such as ‘author, ‘genre’, ‘narrative’ and ‘translation’ widely current in debates across language, literature and culture coverage of both local and global varieties of the English language in a range of media and discourses, including news, advertising, text messaging, rap, pop and street art an expansive anthology representing genres and discourses from early elegy and novel to contemporary performance, flash fiction, including writers as diverse as Aphra Behn, Emily Dickinson, J.M. Coetzee, Angela Carter, Russell Hoban, Adrienne Rich and Arundhati Roy a comprehensive, regularly updated companion website supplying further information and activities, sample analyses and a wealth of stimulating and reliable links to further online resources. Studying English Literature and Language is a wide-ranging and invaluable reference for anyone interested in the study of English language, literature and culture.

Bilingual Education and Language Policy in the Global South

national policy of straight-for-English, were hard to pin down on the ... strictly English: Class 1, Class 2, Class 3 you go strictly English—they are not ...

Author: Jo Arthur Shoba

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135068868

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 250

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This volume considers a range of ways in which bilingual programs can make a contribution to aspects of human and economic development in the global South. The authors examine the consequences of different policies, programs, and pedagogies for learners and local communities through recent ethnographic research on these topics. The revitalization of minority languages and local cultural practices, management of linguistic and cultural diversity, and promotion of equal opportunities (both social and economic) are all explored in this light.

Beyond the Nation

Das war strictly English. In this example, A.Meier contextualizes his codeswitchinto English (strictly English) witha preceding pause and asmilingvoice.

Author: Alexander Freund

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781442694873

Category: History

Page: 320

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Beyond the Nation? explores the lives of German-Canadian immigrants between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries — from the Moravian missionaries who came to Labrador in the 1770s to the German refugees who arrived in Canada after the Second World War. Internationally renowned historians of migration — including Dirk Hoerder and the late Christiane Harzig — detail these German-Canadians' experiences of immigration by investigating their imagined communities and collective memories. Beyond the Nation? outlines how German-Canadians invented ethnicity under Canadian expectations, and provides moving case studies of how notable immigrant groups integrated into Canadian society. Other topics explored include literary constructions of German-Canadian identity, analyses of language use among these immigrants, and aspects of their lives that can be interpreted as transcultural and gendered. Transcending the master narrative of immigration as nation building, Beyond the Nation? charts a new course for immigration studies.

Intercultural Voices in Contemporary British Literature

Byatts choice of thirty-seven stories is made on the premise of English meaning strictly English: For a collection of English stories necessarily excludes ...

Author: L. Sauerberg

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230598287

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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During the last decades of the twentieth century it has become increasingly difficult to consider British literature as 'national' or 'mainstream'. The book investigates contemporary fiction and poetry written in, or relating to, Britain and uncovers a distinct sense of a new and different national and social reality. Tracing literary effects of migration, globalization, and regionalization the book focuses on literary tradition as an inspiration or object of hate and frustration for the exploration and expression of post-Imperial experiences.

Godwin s Cabalistic Encyclopedia

... that some sounds in English have no Hebrew equivalent , and vice - versa . ... letter from which , strictly speaking , the English letter was derived .

Author: David Godwin

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 1567183247

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 664

View: 101


One of the most trusted reference works ever published on the Cabala has been revised and expanded. Featuring a new and more usable format, this book is a complete guide to cabalistic magick and gematria in which every demon, angel, power and name of God ... every Sephirah, Path, and Plane of the Tree of Life ... and each attribute and association is fully described and cross-indexed by the Hebrew, English, and numerical forms. All entries are now incorporated into one comprehensive dictionary. There are hundreds of new entries and illustrations, making this book even more beneficial for Cabalistic pathworking and meditation. It now has many new Hebrew words and names, as well as the terms of Freemasonry, the entities of the Cthulhu mythos, and the Aurum Solis spellings for the names of the demons of the Goetia. It contains authentic Hebrew spellings, and a new introduction that explains the uses of the book for meditation on God names. The Cabalistic schema is native to the human psyche, and Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia will be an invaluable reference tool for all Cabalists, magicians, scholars and scientists of all disciplines.


Steinbeck's . style, (13b) DESMOND: what do you mean by the strictly English school, EWAN: oh well American, The question-answer pair in 13a deals with the ...

Author: Jan P. de Ruiter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139851190

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


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The view that questions are 'requests for missing information' is too simple when language use is considered. Formally, utterances are questions when they are syntactically marked as such, or by prosodic marking. Functionally, questions request that certain information is made available in the next conversational turn. But functional and formal questionhood are independent: what is formally a question can be functionally something else, for instance, a statement, a complaint or a request. Conversely, what is functionally a question is often expressed as a statement. Also, verbal signals such as eye-gaze, head-nods or even practical actions can serve information-seeking functions that are very similar to the function of linguistic questions. With original cross-cultural and multidisciplinary contributions from linguists, anthropologists, psychologists and conversation analysts, this book asks what questions do and how a question can shape the answer it evokes.

The Contemporary Review

For Canada , very far from purely English in blood or speech , is pre - eminently English in the development of its political institutions . The phenomena of Canada at once supply an answer to the cavils which one sometimes hears on ...



ISBN: UOM:39015078140749

Category: Literature


View: 650


Lady Hewley s Charities The third act of the Controversy pending in the high Court of Chancery in the cause The Attorney General v Shore being the proceedings before the Master to determine the proper parties to be Trustees in the place of those removed

... and are strictly English orthodox Presbyterians , and are all persons of great respectability , and are in every respect fit and proper persons to be ...

Author: Lady Sarah HEWLEY


ISBN: BL:A0020144734



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Dynamics of Language Changes

Strictly English: the correct way to write ... and why it matters. London: Random House. Howard, G. (1993). The Good English Guide.

Author: Keith Allan

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811564307

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 289

View: 831


This book explores the dynamics of language changes from sociolinguistic and historical linguistic perspectives. With in-depth case studies from all around the world, it uses diverse approaches across sociolinguistics and historical linguistics to answer questions such as: How and why do language changes begin?; how do language changes spread?; and how can they ultimately be explained? Each chapter explores a different component of language change, including typology, syntax, morphology, phonology, semantics, lexicology, discourse strategies, diachronic change, synchronic change, how the deafblind modify sign language, and the accommodation of language to song. This book presents a comprehensive analysis of the dynamics of language change over time, simultaneously advancing current research and suggesting new directions in sociolinguistic and historical linguistic approaches.

The Imaginary Puritan

Our purpose for drawing this parallel between the origin of the English novel and ... of these studies assumed that it sprang from a strictly English past .

Author: Nancy Armstrong

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520086430

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 275

View: 388


"A tour de force that reconceptualizes literary history and repositions British literature to claim the imperial and trans-Atlantic origins of the British novel. "--Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, author of Disorderly Conduct "A very exciting piece of work, with important implications for how we conceive projects in literary, intellectual, and cultural history. . . . It is sure to be a controversial study, but it will get serious attention, not just as a study of 'novels' and texts but as a provocative account of English history and of models for studying history."--J. Paul Hunter, author of Before Novels

Queen Boudica and Historical Culture in Britain

... Britons had little place in what Freeman called 'strictly English history'.” But, in an irony almost too neat to be credited, the English John Thomas's ...

Author: Martha Vandrei

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192548689

Category: History

Page: 272

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Taking a long chronological view and a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary approach, this is an innovative and distinctive book. It is the definitive work on the posthumous reputation of the ever-popular warrior queen of the Iceni, Queen Boadicea/Boudica, exploring her presence in British historical discourse, from the early-modern rediscovery of the works of Tacitus to the first historical films of the early twentieth century. In doing so, the book seeks to demonstrate the continuity and persistence of historical ideas across time and throughout a variety of media. This focus on continuity leads into an examination of the nature of history as a cultural phenomenon and the implications this has for our own conceptions of history and its role in culture more generally. While providing contemporary contextual readings of Boudica's representations, Martha Vandrei also explores the unique nature of historical ideas as durable cultural phenomena, articulated by very different individuals over time, all of whom were nevertheless engaged in the creative process of making history. Thus this study presents a challenge to the axioms of cultural history, new historicism, and other mainstays of twentieth- and twenty-first- century historical scholarship. It shows how, long before professional historians sought to monopolise historical practice, audiences encountered visions of past ages created by antiquaries, playwrights, poets, novelists, and artists, all of which engaged with, articulated, and even defined the meaning of 'historical truth'. This book argues that these individual depictions, variable audience reactions, and the abiding notion of history as truth constitute the substance of historical culture.

Fiction Writing Technique

English is a language compounded of Anglo-Saxon and Latin and Greek elements. ... weep, laugh, smile—all are strictly English words of Teutonic origin, ...

Author: Robert Saunders Dowst


ISBN: 9781329176744

Category: Art

Page: 180

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Many books have been written on fiction technique, and the chief excuse for the present addition to the number is the complexity of the subject. Its range is so wide, it calls for so many and so different capacities in one attempting to discuss it, that a new work has more than a chance to meet at least two or three deficiencies in all other treatments. I believe that the chief deficiency in most works on fiction technique is that the author unconsciously has slipped from the viewpoint of a writer of a story to that of a reader. Now a reader without intention to try his own hand at the game is not playing fair in studying technique, and a book on technique has no business to entertain him. Accordingly, I have striven to keep to the viewpoint of one who seeks to learn how to write stories, and have made no attempt to analyze the work of masters of fiction for the sake of the analysis alone... Get Your Copy Today!

Becoming a Bilingual Family

Steve relates: “By about two years old, the kids were speaking strictly English to Mary and strictly Spanish to me. For ex- ample, at the dinner table ...

Author: Stephen Marks

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292743755

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 254

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Would you like your children to grow up bilingual, even if you aren't yet? Then speak to your kids in Spanish as you learn the language along with them. Becoming a Bilingual Family gives English-speaking parents the tools to start speaking Spanish with their kids in their earliest years, when children are most receptive to learning languages. It teaches the vocabulary and idioms for speaking to children in Spanish and offers practical, proven ways to create a language-learning environment at home. The first part of the book introduces parents to many resources—books, audio books, music, television, computer programs, childcare workers, school, and friends—that can help you establish a home environment conducive to the acquisition of Spanish. The second part is a Spanish phrasebook that takes you through all the typical activities that parents and children share, from getting up in the morning to going to bed at night. Few, if any, other Spanish study aids provide this much vocabulary and guidance for talking to small children about common daily activities. The authors also include a quick course in Spanish pronunciation and enough grammar to get a parent started. Spanish-language resources, kids' names in Spanish, and an easy-to-use index and glossary complete the book. Take the Markses' advice and start talking to your kids in Spanish, even if it's not perfect. You'll learn the language together and share the excitement of discovering the peoples and cultures that make up the Spanish-speaking world.

Turtle Recall

Strangely, the similarity of the English and Dutch languages is not always helpful. ... Strangely enough, to a Dutch reader a reference to strictly Dutch ...

Author: Stephen Briggs

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780575091214

Category: Fiction

Page: 672

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The Discworld, as everyone knows, is a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which, in turn, stand on the shell of the giant star turtle, the Great A'Tuin, as it slowly swims through space. It is also a global publishing phenomenon with sales of over 70 million books worldwide (but who's counting?). The publication of Snuff brought the Discworld canon to 39 books - not including the various guides, mapps, diaries and other side-projects. That's a lot of Discworld to keep track of - more than most people can manage with just the one head - but fear not: help is at hand! If you're looking for the ultimate authority on probably the most heavily populated - certainly the most hilarious - setting in fantasy literature... If you need a handy guide to Discworld locales from Ankh-Morpork to Zemphis... If you want help telling Achmed the Mad from Jack Zweiblumen... If your life depends on being able to distinguish the Agatean Empire from the Zoons... ...look no further than Turtle Recall - the latest Discworld Companion, fully updated and completely up to Snuff!

Between Nations

Simultaneously , the English Crown could be heard insisting on ( and then ... ancient treatises that he reveres into the strictly English history that seems ...

Author: David Baker

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 080478003X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

View: 166


Fusing historiography with literary criticism, Between Nations produces an array of unexpected readings of early modern texts. Starting from the premise that England has never been able to emerge or define itself in isolation from its neighbors on the British Isles, this book places Renaissance England and its literature at a meeting of English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh histories. It ranges from the late sixteenth through the late seventeenth centuries and deals with the "reigns" of three monarchs and one regicide—those of Elizabeth I, James I, Charles II, and Oliver Cromwell. However, it shifts the domain they ruled from the customary center into interactions between England and the other British polities. The author argues that England was able to develop into what we call a "nation" only in and by means of its relations with the other proto-"nations" that often it was also suppressing. Among the authors who served one or more of the four English rulers are Shakespeare, Spenser, and Marvell, who are studied here in the way they responded to the complexities of British history that encompassed their "nation." They not only participated in nation building/destroying, but their works are shown often to be meditations on that process and their own roles in the process. In Henry V, for example, Shakespeare both produces a vision of an ideal Britain and inscribes into his play the voices of various British peoples that are meant to be subsumed. Spenser's A View of the Present State of Ireland, which is often taken as an anti-Gaelic screed, is more plausibly seen as a text compounded of heterogeneous cultural influences, many of them originating from within Ireland. The complexity of the text reflects Spenser's own situation as a colonial official exiled from one British nation, England, to another, Ireland. In "An Horation Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland," Marvell explicitly considers the consequences of a campaign that historians have called the "War of the Three Kingdoms." In that, and in a later poem, "The Loyal Scot," Marvell emerges as a shrewd commentator on the British politics of his day. Throughout, the book demonstrates that historical readings of this period's English literary works can be as multivalent and multicentric as the British history that produced them.