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Re: Book Challenge Thread 2019

#341  Postby UncertainSloth » Nov 26, 2019 10:36 pm

1. the twisted tree - rachel burge - 6/10
2. mr splitfoot - samantha hunt - 5/10
3. a wayne in a manger - gervaise phinn - 5/10
4. the moor - sam haysom - 8/10
5. the general theory of haunting - richard easter - 9/10
6. angry people in local newspapers - alistair coleman- 8/10
7. who let the gods out? - maz evans - 6/10
8. a house of ghosts - w.c. ryan - 8/10
9. a winter haunting - dan simmons - 8/10
10. cunk on everything - philomena cunk - 8/10
11. whistle in the dark - emma healey - 9/10
12. the priest hole - amy cross
13. the book of hidden things - francesco dimitri - 8/10
14. the corset - sarah purcell - 9/10
15, the lighthouse - alison moore - 7/10
16 .comfort break - abandoned - carol mcmahon...so much potential, so little good - kindle novelette...
17. before you wake - adam nevill - 3 short stories - 8/10 -
18. moorehead manor - some bloke - meh...there;s a half decent idea in there somewhere but this author didn't find it....
19. the passage- justin cronin - 10/10 - awesomesauce...
20. hidden company -s e england - 8/10
21. dark isle - david longhorn- 6/10
22. white tears - hari kunzru - 8/10
23. the lucifer chord - fg cottam -7/10
24. the wonder - emma donoghue -8/10...
25. speak - louisa hall - 9/10
26. rotherweird - andrew caldecott- 9/10
27. wakenhyrst- michelle paver-10/10
28. lanny -max porter-9/10
29. the hoarder - jess kidd - 8/10
30. lud in the mist - hope mirrlees - 8/10
31. underland - robert macfarlane - awesome/10
32. the summer we all ran away - cassandra parkin - 8/10
33. the lingering - sj holliday - 8/10
34. the dead men stood together - 8/10
35. elevation - stephen king - 8/10
36. in the night wood - dale bailey - 10/10
37. edgar & lucy - victor lodato - 10/10
38. the glass woman - caroline lea - 8/10
39. how to be right in a world gone wrong - james o'brien - 8/10
40. the enchanted - rene denfeld - 9/10
41. grief is the thing with feathers - max porter - 9/10
42. humans - a brief history of how we fucked it all up - tom phillips - 9/10
43. the asshole survival guide - robert sutton- 7/10
44. the ghost of lily painter - caitlin davies - 8/10
45. haverscroft - sa harris - 8/10
46. don't look back - ben cheetham - 8/10
47. the warlow experiment - alix somebody - 7/10
48. house of windows - john langan - 10/10
49. the jolly corner - henry james - 8/10
50. the bone clocks - david Mitchell - 10/10
51. the auguries - fg cottam - 6/10
52. the reddening - adam nevill - 9/10
53. paperbacks from hell - grady Hendrix - 9/10
54. we don't go back: a watcher' guide to folk horror - howard ingham - 10/10
55. the pale ones - bartholomew bennett - 7/10 - an mr james-esque story through a more modern, almost surreal, filter about second hand books and the history they carry....intriguing read and, despite his flowery name, i'd seek out more by him

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btw, rejigged my numbers because it was twisting my melons how it conflicted with my goodreads number, sadsack that i am...
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Re: Book Challenge Thread 2019

#342  Postby don't get me started » Nov 26, 2019 11:25 pm

Spearthrower wrote:The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World

Very good book. My nerdy party tricks of guessing words in European languages I don't speak is at least partly derived from this book! :)



Yeah, it was a fascinating read. Once you know where to look and get a sense of the way in which language change occurs, you start seeing the cognates everywhere.
I'm not sure about how you get on with Thai, but some of the aspects of Japanese are so different from English and the other European languages that I have some familiarity with that I remember with a kind of indulgent fondness my struggles with German grammar and vocabulary...How little did I know! How unchallenging it seems in retrospect. :doh:

Mind you, book number 50 on my list notes that although rare features in languages are commonly correlated with 'small' and endangered languages, German makes it into the top 100 of languages with rare features. (It places 66th. Mandarin and Cantonese come in at 60 and 66 respectively on the list.) (p. 265.)

How are you getting on with the Thai copulas? (เป็น bpen, อยู่ yuu and คือ keu) I've been looking at 'be verbs' and copulas in various languages (they are the same in English but not so in other languages) and the Thai ones are a bit of a head scratcher to be honest.
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Re: Book Challenge Thread 2019

#343  Postby don't get me started » Nov 26, 2019 11:33 pm

Blip wrote:Congrats, don't get me started.

don't get me started wrote:[...]
The 50 book challenge is a good motivator to keep me reading and crack open a volume when other distractions beckon.
[...]


That's it in a nutshell. Although I haven't done so well these last couple of years.



Cheers Blip.

The number is not really the main thing for me. Just having a background idea and keep plugging away at it.
I'm anticipating a less intense year next year. I've got a project underway that will involve a lot of re-reading and referencing books and articles I have already read, so I'm not sure that I'll reach 50 in 2020. More like one, two or three chapters each out of substantially more than 50 books. You do what you can...

Its also a plus to have the support of the members here. Reading is essentially a solitary activity and its nice to have a social side to one's reading endeavors.
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Re: Book Challenge Thread 2019

#344  Postby Blip » Nov 30, 2019 9:27 am

1. Bang!: The Complete History of the Universe by Brian May, Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott
2. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
3. Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver
4. Experimental Film by Gemma Files
5. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
6. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
7. The Green Road by Anne Enright
8. Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
9. The Man Who Spoke Snakish by Andrus Kivirähk, translated by Christopher Moseley
10. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
11. Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander
12. West by Carys Davies
13. The Overstory by Richard Powers
14. Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
15. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
16. Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks
17. Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James
18. John Crow's Devil by Marlon James
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Re: Book Challenge Thread 2019

#345  Postby NamelessFaceless » Dec 03, 2019 3:45 pm

Congrats don't get me started and UncertainSloth! :cheers:
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Re: Book Challenge Thread 2019

#346  Postby NamelessFaceless » Dec 03, 2019 3:47 pm

Audiobooks in Italics

1. The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
2. The Secret Adversary - Agatha Christie
3. The Quiet American - Graham Greene
4. Baltimore Blues - Laura Lippman
5. People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished From the Streets of Tokyo - And The Evil That Swallowed Her Up - Richard Lloyd Parry
6. Miao Dao - Joyce Carol Oates
7. Catch Me if You Can - Frank W. Abegnale
8. Some Do Not . . . - Ford Madox Ford
9. Mafia Prince - Phillip Leonetti, Scott Burnstein, and Christopher Graziano
10. Alex Rider: Skeleton Key - Anthony Horowitz
11. No More Parades - Ford Madox Ford
12. A Man Could Stand Up - Ford Madox Ford
13. The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Charles Dickens
14. Animal Farm - George Orwell
15. Bloodchild and Other Stories - Octavia E. Butler
16. The End of Eternity - Isaac Asimov
17. Shards of Honor - Lois McMaster Bujold
18. Last Post - Ford Madox Ford
19. Farewell: The Greatest Spy Story of the Twentieth Century - Sergei Kostin, Eric Raynaud
20. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
21. A Higher Call - Adam Makos
22. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
23. What It Is Like to Go to War - Karl Marlantes
24. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
25. SEAL Team Six - Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin

26. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
27. Goodbye, Darkness - William Manchester
28. Silas Marner - George Eliot
29. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
30. The Magdalen Girls - V.S. Alexander
31. Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott
32. Finegan's Wake - James Joyce :dance: :dance: :dance:
33. Finegan's Wake: A Plot Summary - John Gordon :dopey:
34. All the Lasting Things - David Hopson
35. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
36. The Book of the Unnamed Midwife - Meg Elison
37. The Satanic Verses - Salmon Rushdie
38. The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights - Sir James Knowles
39. Walden - Henry David Thoreau
40. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
41. Arrowsmith - Sinclair Lewis
42. Fear - L. Ron Hubbard
43. The Time Machine - H.G. Wells
44. The Body in the Dales - J.R. Ellis
45. Those Who Wander: America's Lost Street Kids - Vivian Ho
46. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
47. The Testaments - Margaret Atwood
48. Disturbed - Jennifer Jaynes
49. Jacob's Room - Virginia Woolf
50. The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole
51. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
52. Doctrine & Covenants - Joseph Smith, et al (I've been reading this a little at a time for the last 2-3 years, but I finally finished it!)
53. The King in Yellow - Robert W. Chambers
54. The Lady With the Dog and Other Stories - Anton Chekhov
55. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume I - Edgar Allan Poe
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Re: Book Challenge Thread 2019

#347  Postby don't get me started » Dec 04, 2019 12:42 pm

Thanks NamelessFaceless :cheers:

I was looking over your reading list again and there are some real classics there.
I am minded of an article that I once read (can't remember the source) and it outlined the components of a good education. Development of critical thinking skills, building social skills, learning to deal with adversity and so on were in there alongside the basic literacy and numeracy skills. And there was another item on the list which I though was a really interesting goal – to develop a familiarity with the products of high culture. Your list certainly demonstrates that! Good work :thumbup:
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#348  Postby don't get me started » Dec 04, 2019 1:12 pm

1. Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics – Dianne Larsen-Freeman & Lynne Cameron
2. Around the World in 80 Words: A Journey Through the English language – Paul Anthony Jones
3. Cognitive Linguistic analysis of Visual Perception Verbs in Natural Language- With Special Reference to English Verbs ‘Look’ and See’ - Mika Kubota
4. Reporting Talk: Reported Speech in Interaction - Elizabeth Holt & Rebecca Clift (Eds.)
5. Making Sense: The Glamorous Story of English Grammar – David Crystal
6.Writing Systems - Geoffrey Sampson
7. 世界の中で、愛をさけぶ。片山恭一
8. Writing Systems of the World: Alphabets, Syllabaries, Pictograms – Akira Nakanishi
9. Flashman at the Charge - George MacDonald Fraser
10. On Bullshit - Harry G. Frankfurt
11. Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages - Gaston Dorren
12. Uneasy Rider - Mike Carter
13. Talk on the Wild Side: Why language Can't be Tamed - Lane Greene
14. Military Blunders - Saul David
15. Proxima - Stephen Baxter
16. Aliens: Science Asks: Is there Anyone out There? - Jim Al-Khalili (Ed)
17. American Notes - Charles Dickens
18. Four Words for Friend: Why Using More than One Language Matters Now More Than Ever - Marek Kohn
19. Ultima - Srephen Baxter
20. Fuzzy Grammar: A Reader - Bas Aarts, David Denison, Evelein Keizer & Gergana Popova (Eds)
21. Strange Weather in Tokyo - Hiromi Kawakami (Trans Allison Markin Powell)
22. Linguistics: Why it Matters = Geoffrey Pullum
23. Stalag Luft III: The Secret Story - Arthur A. Durand
24. Bodies and their parts: An NSM approach to semantic typology - Anna Wierzbicka
25. Towards a Cognitive Semantics. Vol II Typology and process in Concept Structuring - Leonard Talmy
26. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth century - Timothy Snyder
27. Common Discourse particles in English Conversation Lawrence C. Schourop
28. The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War - Ben Shephard
29. Another Fine Mess: Across the USA in a Ford Model T - Tim Moore
30. Quotatives: New Trends and Sociolinguistic Implications - Isabelle Buchstaller
31. Count and Mass Across Languages - Diane Massam (ed.)
32. Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis. - Jared Diamond
33. Forgotten Victims: The Abandonment of Americans in Hitler's Camps - Mitchell G Bard
34. Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and their Surprising Rise to Power - Anna Merlan
35. Humans: A Brief History of How We Fucked It All Up - Tom Phillips
36. All Together Now: One Man's Walk in Search of His Father and a Lost England - Mike Carter
37. Meaning and the English Verb - Geoffrey Leech
38. Count us In: How to Make Maths Real for all of Us - Gareth Ffowc Roberts
39. The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World - J.P. Mallory and D.Q. Adams.
40. Don't Believe a Word: The Surprising Truth about language - David ShariatMadari
41. The Accidental Dictionary: The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words - Pail Anthony Jones
42. That's not English: Britishisms, Americanisms and what our English says about US - Erin Moor
43. A Short History of Drunkenness: How, Why, Where and When Humankind Has Got Merry from the Stone Age to the Present - Mark Forsyth
44. The Five Minute Linguist: Bite Sized Essays on Language and Linguistics - Caroline Myrick & Walt Wolfram (Eds).
45. The Origin of Language: Tracing the Evolution of the Mother Tongue - Merritt Ruhlen
46. Learner English: A Teacher's Guide to Interference and Other Problems - Michael Swan & Bernard Smith (Eds.)
47. Matter - Iain M Banks
48. The Not Terribly Good Book of Heroic Failures - Stephen Pile
49. Spin - Robert Charles Wilson]
50. Rethinking Universals: How Rarities Affect Linguistic Theory - Jan Wohlgemuth and Michael Cysouw (Eds.)
51. Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky

52. Rara and Raissma: Documenting the Fringes of Linguistic Diversity - Jan Wohlgemuth and Michael Cysouw (Eds.)

This was about as severe a reading challenge as I have faced. The editors take the view that in trying to understand what natural language is, many researchers have devoted time and effort to uncovering universals, but a different point of view about what language is (and is not) can be gleaned from searching for vanishingly rare phenomena in languages of the world. These phenomena are the Rara and Rarissma of the title, appearing in a mere handful of languages, or sometime even one.

The scholarship on display was impressive and to tell the truth, some of the chapters were beyond me, using terminology that I can barely grasp and detailing phenomena that seem almost impossible to believe are extant. :scratch:

That being said I really liked the chapter on 'Subtractive plural morphology in in Sinhala'. It is held as a commonplace that if a language makes a distinction between singular and plural, then the plural form is always composed of more elements than the singular form; more phonemes, addition of suffixes, prefixes (and in some cases infixes). Sinhala seems to go against this pattern and has singular forms which are actually longer than the plural forms. It is as if the basic form is the plural and the singular is a marked form of the plural, not the other way round as it is is most European (and other) languages. I've given a very superficial account of this here. Believe me, there is a lot more to it than that.

The chapter on Dravidian zero negative was a similar mind bender. In Dravidian languages negation of a proposition is not carried out by the addition of a negator (such as 'not' in English or 'nicht' in German an so on in the languages that we are familiar with.)
Rather, dropping off the tense suffixes from the verb serves to negate the proposition. I ate, I am eating and I will eat in English are all marked for tense. In Dravidian languages the form of the verb with person marking but no tense marking equals a negative. I eat (no tense marker) = I didn't/ don't/will not eat. The analysis explores the cognitive basis for this seemingly strange phenomenon and suggests that abstracting the verb from any tense marking removes it from the time-based actuality and places it in the non-temporal, irrealis category and from thence to negation. Wow. :shock:

Certainty strange to us who are used to using negators, but once you think of it, it has a kind of internal logic to it.
From the outside in English negation is a bit of a rigmarole with negators attached as clitics to auxiliary verbs that carry the tense and person marking, while the main verb itself drops back into a base form that is not marked for tense. I didn't eat.
Not the most straightforward way to carry out negation if you see it for the first time. :think:

Anyways, a damn interesting book. Compared to these authors I am a dabbler and a dilettante! :whistle:
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Re: Book Challenge Thread 2019

#349  Postby UncertainSloth » Dec 04, 2019 2:16 pm

1. the twisted tree - rachel burge - 6/10
2. mr splitfoot - samantha hunt - 5/10
3. a wayne in a manger - gervaise phinn - 5/10
4. the moor - sam haysom - 8/10
5. the general theory of haunting - richard easter - 9/10
6. angry people in local newspapers - alistair coleman- 8/10
7. who let the gods out? - maz evans - 6/10
8. a house of ghosts - w.c. ryan - 8/10
9. a winter haunting - dan simmons - 8/10
10. cunk on everything - philomena cunk - 8/10
11. whistle in the dark - emma healey - 9/10
12. the priest hole - amy cross
13. the book of hidden things - francesco dimitri - 8/10
14. the corset - sarah purcell - 9/10
15, the lighthouse - alison moore - 7/10
16 .comfort break - abandoned - carol mcmahon...so much potential, so little good - kindle novelette...
17. before you wake - adam nevill - 3 short stories - 8/10 -
18. moorehead manor - some bloke - meh...there;s a half decent idea in there somewhere but this author didn't find it....
19. the passage- justin cronin - 10/10 - awesomesauce...
20. hidden company -s e england - 8/10
21. dark isle - david longhorn- 6/10
22. white tears - hari kunzru - 8/10
23. the lucifer chord - fg cottam -7/10
24. the wonder - emma donoghue -8/10...
25. speak - louisa hall - 9/10
26. rotherweird - andrew caldecott- 9/10
27. wakenhyrst- michelle paver-10/10
28. lanny -max porter-9/10
29. the hoarder - jess kidd - 8/10
30. lud in the mist - hope mirrlees - 8/10
31. underland - robert macfarlane - awesome/10
32. the summer we all ran away - cassandra parkin - 8/10
33. the lingering - sj holliday - 8/10
34. the dead men stood together - 8/10
35. elevation - stephen king - 8/10
36. in the night wood - dale bailey - 10/10
37. edgar & lucy - victor lodato - 10/10
38. the glass woman - caroline lea - 8/10
39. how to be right in a world gone wrong - james o'brien - 8/10
40. the enchanted - rene denfeld - 9/10
41. grief is the thing with feathers - max porter - 9/10
42. humans - a brief history of how we fucked it all up - tom phillips - 9/10
43. the asshole survival guide - robert sutton- 7/10
44. the ghost of lily painter - caitlin davies - 8/10
45. haverscroft - sa harris - 8/10
46. don't look back - ben cheetham - 8/10
47. the warlow experiment - alix somebody - 7/10
48. house of windows - john langan - 10/10
49. the jolly corner - henry james - 8/10
50. the bone clocks - david Mitchell - 10/10
51. the auguries - fg cottam - 6/10
52. the reddening - adam nevill - 9/10
53. paperbacks from hell - grady Hendrix - 9/10
54. we don't go back: a watcher' guide to folk horror - howard ingham - 10/10
55. the pale ones - bartholomew bennett - 7/10
56. abandon - blake crouch - 8/10 - decent read, some great ideas - liked the setting and concept - but occasional clunkiness and veering into predictability, especially towards the end

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Re: Book Challenge Thread 2019

#350  Postby NamelessFaceless » Dec 04, 2019 2:53 pm

don't get me started wrote:Thanks NamelessFaceless :cheers:

I was looking over your reading list again and there are some real classics there.
I am minded of an article that I once read (can't remember the source) and it outlined the components of a good education. Development of critical thinking skills, building social skills, learning to deal with adversity and so on were in there alongside the basic literacy and numeracy skills. And there was another item on the list which I though was a really interesting goal – to develop a familiarity with the products of high culture. Your list certainly demonstrates that! Good work :thumbup:


Thanks!

The classics are due to Amazon Prime. They've really opened up their Kindle loan program and now they have a lot of the classics available on audiobook that you can borrow for free. It's been awesome. I do a lot of gardening in the spring/summer and it's nice to be able to listen to a book the whole time I'm pulling weeds. I managed to listen to the entire Count of Monte Cristo while gardening!
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#351  Postby Blip » Dec 09, 2019 5:51 pm

1. Bang!: The Complete History of the Universe by Brian May, Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott
2. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
3. Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver
4. Experimental Film by Gemma Files
5. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
6. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
7. The Green Road by Anne Enright
8. Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
9. The Man Who Spoke Snakish by Andrus Kivirähk, translated by Christopher Moseley
10. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
11. Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander
12. West by Carys Davies
13. The Overstory by Richard Powers
14. Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
15. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
16. Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks
17. Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James
18. John Crow's Devil by Marlon James
19. Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo
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#352  Postby don't get me started » Dec 09, 2019 11:21 pm

1. Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics – Dianne Larsen-Freeman & Lynne Cameron
2. Around the World in 80 Words: A Journey Through the English language – Paul Anthony Jones
3. Cognitive Linguistic analysis of Visual Perception Verbs in Natural Language- With Special Reference to English Verbs ‘Look’ and See’ - Mika Kubota
4. Reporting Talk: Reported Speech in Interaction - Elizabeth Holt & Rebecca Clift (Eds.)
5. Making Sense: The Glamorous Story of English Grammar – David Crystal
6.Writing Systems - Geoffrey Sampson
7. 世界の中で、愛をさけぶ。片山恭一
8. Writing Systems of the World: Alphabets, Syllabaries, Pictograms – Akira Nakanishi
9. Flashman at the Charge - George MacDonald Fraser
10. On Bullshit - Harry G. Frankfurt
11. Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages - Gaston Dorren
12. Uneasy Rider - Mike Carter
13. Talk on the Wild Side: Why language Can't be Tamed - Lane Greene
14. Military Blunders - Saul David
15. Proxima - Stephen Baxter
16. Aliens: Science Asks: Is there Anyone out There? - Jim Al-Khalili (Ed)
17. American Notes - Charles Dickens
18. Four Words for Friend: Why Using More than One Language Matters Now More Than Ever - Marek Kohn
19. Ultima - Srephen Baxter
20. Fuzzy Grammar: A Reader - Bas Aarts, David Denison, Evelein Keizer & Gergana Popova (Eds)
21. Strange Weather in Tokyo - Hiromi Kawakami (Trans Allison Markin Powell)
22. Linguistics: Why it Matters = Geoffrey Pullum
23. Stalag Luft III: The Secret Story - Arthur A. Durand
24. Bodies and their parts: An NSM approach to semantic typology - Anna Wierzbicka
25. Towards a Cognitive Semantics. Vol II Typology and process in Concept Structuring - Leonard Talmy
26. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth century - Timothy Snyder
27. Common Discourse particles in English Conversation Lawrence C. Schourop
28. The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War - Ben Shephard
29. Another Fine Mess: Across the USA in a Ford Model T - Tim Moore
30. Quotatives: New Trends and Sociolinguistic Implications - Isabelle Buchstaller
31. Count and Mass Across Languages - Diane Massam (ed.)
32. Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis. - Jared Diamond
33. Forgotten Victims: The Abandonment of Americans in Hitler's Camps - Mitchell G Bard
34. Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and their Surprising Rise to Power - Anna Merlan
35. Humans: A Brief History of How We Fucked It All Up - Tom Phillips
36. All Together Now: One Man's Walk in Search of His Father and a Lost England - Mike Carter
37. Meaning and the English Verb - Geoffrey Leech
38. Count us In: How to Make Maths Real for all of Us - Gareth Ffowc Roberts
39. The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World - J.P. Mallory and D.Q. Adams.
40. Don't Believe a Word: The Surprising Truth about language - David ShariatMadari
41. The Accidental Dictionary: The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words - Pail Anthony Jones
42. That's not English: Britishisms, Americanisms and what our English says about US - Erin Moor
43. A Short History of Drunkenness: How, Why, Where and When Humankind Has Got Merry from the Stone Age to the Present - Mark Forsyth
44. The Five Minute Linguist: Bite Sized Essays on Language and Linguistics - Caroline Myrick & Walt Wolfram (Eds).
45. The Origin of Language: Tracing the Evolution of the Mother Tongue - Merritt Ruhlen
46. Learner English: A Teacher's Guide to Interference and Other Problems - Michael Swan & Bernard Smith (Eds.)
47. Matter - Iain M Banks
48. The Not Terribly Good Book of Heroic Failures - Stephen Pile
49. Spin - Robert Charles Wilson]
50. Rethinking Universals: How Rarities Affect Linguistic Theory - Jan Wohlgemuth and Michael Cysouw (Eds.)
51. Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky
52. Rara and Raissma: Documenting the Fringes of Linguistic Diversity - Jan Wohlgemuth and Michael Cysouw (Eds.)

53. Kinds, Things and Stuff: Mass terms and Generics - Francis Jeffry Pelletier (Ed.)

223.pp

This book is in a series called 'New Directions in Cognitive Sciences' and the range of chapters was quire wide, from more philosophical treatments of how we go about the business of quantifying the world, to more linguistic based approaches. To be honest, some of the more philosophical chapters were a bit of a struggle, but I really enjoyed the chapter by Goddard ( a well know name to anyone interested in semantics and cognition). It was interesting to note that mass terms are readily sub-divisible into all kinds of different categories, some of which have terms for their constituent atomic units (a grain of rice) and some of which do not (a stone of gravel?) and have to rely on more generic terms such as 'piece', 'lump' and the like. The English way of dealing with these terms is in variance with the ways many other languages go about this task. Apparently, in Russian, the words for potatoes and onions are uncountable (like flour or rice), the base form being luk and kartoska. 'To refer to them individually, derived 'singulative' words must be used, for example lukovka or lukovika for an individual onion' (p.134). This seems not to be the plural/singular distinction we are used to in English but the mass /count distinction. Almost like saying Some rice and one 'ricelet'. This has some overlaps with books no. 50 and 52 on my list above.

Once again, a break is called for. I'm nearing the end of the budget year for buying books through the university, so I have had a bit of a spree and tried to use up my book budget. But some of the books are going to have to wait...I need to read some non-linguistics books next.
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#353  Postby Fallible » Dec 10, 2019 6:26 pm

1. The Terror - Dan Simmons.
2. Milkman - Anna Burns.
3. The Long Take - Robin Robertson.
4. The Witchfinder's Sister - Beth Underdown.
5. The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris.
6. Bellman & Black - Dianne Setterfield.
7. The Outrun - Amy Liptrot.
8. Origin - Dan Brown.
9. Bodies of Water - V.H. Leslie.
10. The Fireman - Joe Hill.
11. Melmoth - Sarah Perry.
12. Devil's Day - Andrew Michael Hurley.
13. Imagine Me Gone - Adam Haslett.
14. Slade House - David Mitchell.
15. Fire and Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) - George R.R. Martin.
16. Arrowood - Laura McHugh.
17. The Hoarder - Jess Kidd.
18. Wakenhyrst - Michelle Paver.
19. The Leftovers - Tom Perrotta.
20. How to be Right - James O’Brien.
21. Chavs: the Demonisation of the Working Class - Owen Jones.
22. Number 11 - Jonathan Coe.
23. The Warlow Experiment - Alix Nathan.
24. The Gatekeeper - Russ Kane. Garbage.
25. In the Night Wood - Dale Bailey.
26. Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology - Leah Remini.
27. The Green Man - Kingsley Amis.
28. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood. Re-read
29. The Institute - Stephen King.
30. White Fragility:Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin DiAngelo.
31. The House of Sleep - Jonathan Coe.
32. Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs: the Left Bank World of Shakespeare and Co. - Jeremy Mercer.
33. She Said - Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey.
34. Brave - Rose McGowan.
35. Northern Lights - Philip Pullman. re-read.
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She revelled in adventure and imagination.
She never listened to no hater, liar,
Breaking boundaries and chasing fire.
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#354  Postby UncertainSloth » Dec 11, 2019 12:49 am

1. the twisted tree - rachel burge - 6/10
2. mr splitfoot - samantha hunt - 5/10
3. a wayne in a manger - gervaise phinn - 5/10
4. the moor - sam haysom - 8/10
5. the general theory of haunting - richard easter - 9/10
6. angry people in local newspapers - alistair coleman- 8/10
7. who let the gods out? - maz evans - 6/10
8. a house of ghosts - w.c. ryan - 8/10
9. a winter haunting - dan simmons - 8/10
10. cunk on everything - philomena cunk - 8/10
11. whistle in the dark - emma healey - 9/10
12. the priest hole - amy cross
13. the book of hidden things - francesco dimitri - 8/10
14. the corset - sarah purcell - 9/10
15, the lighthouse - alison moore - 7/10
16 .comfort break - abandoned - carol mcmahon...so much potential, so little good - kindle novelette...
17. before you wake - adam nevill - 3 short stories - 8/10 -
18. moorehead manor - some bloke - meh...there;s a half decent idea in there somewhere but this author didn't find it....
19. the passage- justin cronin - 10/10 - awesomesauce...
20. hidden company -s e england - 8/10
21. dark isle - david longhorn- 6/10
22. white tears - hari kunzru - 8/10
23. the lucifer chord - fg cottam -7/10
24. the wonder - emma donoghue -8/10...
25. speak - louisa hall - 9/10
26. rotherweird - andrew caldecott- 9/10
27. wakenhyrst- michelle paver-10/10
28. lanny -max porter-9/10
29. the hoarder - jess kidd - 8/10
30. lud in the mist - hope mirrlees - 8/10
31. underland - robert macfarlane - awesome/10
32. the summer we all ran away - cassandra parkin - 8/10
33. the lingering - sj holliday - 8/10
34. the dead men stood together - 8/10
35. elevation - stephen king - 8/10
36. in the night wood - dale bailey - 10/10
37. edgar & lucy - victor lodato - 10/10
38. the glass woman - caroline lea - 8/10
39. how to be right in a world gone wrong - james o'brien - 8/10
40. the enchanted - rene denfeld - 9/10
41. grief is the thing with feathers - max porter - 9/10
42. humans - a brief history of how we fucked it all up - tom phillips - 9/10
43. the asshole survival guide - robert sutton- 7/10
44. the ghost of lily painter - caitlin davies - 8/10
45. haverscroft - sa harris - 8/10
46. don't look back - ben cheetham - 8/10
47. the warlow experiment - alix somebody - 7/10
48. house of windows - john langan - 10/10
49. the jolly corner - henry james - 8/10
50. the bone clocks - david Mitchell - 10/10
51. the auguries - fg cottam - 6/10
52. the reddening - adam nevill - 9/10
53. paperbacks from hell - grady Hendrix - 9/10
54. we don't go back: a watcher' guide to folk horror - howard ingham - 10/10
55. the pale ones - bartholomew bennett - 7/10
56. abandon - blake crouch - 8/10
57. horrorstor - grady Hendrix - 7/10 - light & frothy...nice idea but would be awesome in another writer's hands

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#355  Postby NamelessFaceless » Dec 12, 2019 3:33 pm

Audiobooks in Italics

1. The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
2. The Secret Adversary - Agatha Christie
3. The Quiet American - Graham Greene
4. Baltimore Blues - Laura Lippman
5. People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished From the Streets of Tokyo - And The Evil That Swallowed Her Up - Richard Lloyd Parry
6. Miao Dao - Joyce Carol Oates
7. Catch Me if You Can - Frank W. Abegnale
8. Some Do Not . . . - Ford Madox Ford
9. Mafia Prince - Phillip Leonetti, Scott Burnstein, and Christopher Graziano
10. Alex Rider: Skeleton Key - Anthony Horowitz
11. No More Parades - Ford Madox Ford
12. A Man Could Stand Up - Ford Madox Ford
13. The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Charles Dickens
14. Animal Farm - George Orwell
15. Bloodchild and Other Stories - Octavia E. Butler
16. The End of Eternity - Isaac Asimov
17. Shards of Honor - Lois McMaster Bujold
18. Last Post - Ford Madox Ford
19. Farewell: The Greatest Spy Story of the Twentieth Century - Sergei Kostin, Eric Raynaud
20. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
21. A Higher Call - Adam Makos
22. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
23. What It Is Like to Go to War - Karl Marlantes
24. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
25. SEAL Team Six - Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin

26. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
27. Goodbye, Darkness - William Manchester
28. Silas Marner - George Eliot
29. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
30. The Magdalen Girls - V.S. Alexander
31. Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott
32. Finegan's Wake - James Joyce :dance: :dance: :dance:
33. Finegan's Wake: A Plot Summary - John Gordon :dopey:
34. All the Lasting Things - David Hopson
35. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
36. The Book of the Unnamed Midwife - Meg Elison
37. The Satanic Verses - Salmon Rushdie
38. The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights - Sir James Knowles
39. Walden - Henry David Thoreau
40. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
41. Arrowsmith - Sinclair Lewis
42. Fear - L. Ron Hubbard
43. The Time Machine - H.G. Wells
44. The Body in the Dales - J.R. Ellis
45. Those Who Wander: America's Lost Street Kids - Vivian Ho
46. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
47. The Testaments - Margaret Atwood
48. Disturbed - Jennifer Jaynes
49. Jacob's Room - Virginia Woolf
50. The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole
51. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
52. Doctrine & Covenants - Joseph Smith, et al (I've been reading this a little at a time for the last 2-3 years, but I finally finished it!)
53. The King in Yellow - Robert W. Chambers
54. The Lady With the Dog and Other Stories - Anton Chekhov
55. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume I - Edgar Allan Poe
56. The Man Who Was Thursday - G.K. Chesterton
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#356  Postby crazyfitter » Dec 15, 2019 10:04 pm

1. Long Road From Jarrow - Stuart Maconie
2. Death Without Company - Craig Johnson
3. The Shortest History of Germany - James Hawes
4. The Last Coyote - Michael Connelly
5. Kindness Goes Unpunished - Craig Johnson
6. Lethal White - Robert Galbraith
7. The Girl in the Woods - Camilla Lackberg
8. Making Sense: The Glamorous Story of English Grammar – David Crystal
9. Another Man's Moccasins - Craig Johnson
10. Austerity. The Demolition of the Welfare State and the rise of the Zombie Economy - Kerry-Anne Mendoza
11. Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente. I’ve abandoned this book at 90%. Please don’t waste your life with it.
12. The Steerswoman - Rosemary Kirsten
13. The Outskirters Secret - Rosemary Kirsten
14. The Lost Steersman - Rosemary Kirsten
15. The Language of Power - Rosemary Kirsten. Looking forward to the next 2 when published.
16. Personal - Lee Child
17. And The Weak Suffer What They Must? - Yanis Varoufakis
18. The Birdcage - Clive Aslet
19. Semiosis - Sue Burke
20. The Art of War - Sun Tzu
21. Light - M. John Harrison
22. Past Tense - Lee Child
23. Nobody Walks - Mick Herron
24. London Rules - Mick Herron
25. The Death And Life Of Bobby Z - Don Winslow
26. The Good Detective - John McMahon
27. Transcription - Kate Atkinson
28. Permafrost - Alastair Reynolds
29. The Thieves of Manhattan - Adam Langer
30. The Clockmakers Daughter - Kate Morton
31. Underland - Robert Macfarlane
32. Let Go My Hand - Edward Docx
33. A Question of Blood - Ian Rankin
34. Rama II - Arthur C Clarke
35. Erebus. The Story of a Ship - Michael Palin
36. The Parisian - Isabella Hammad
37. The Devil’s Star - Jo Nesbo. Reread
38. The Leopard - Jo Nesbo. Reread
39. Headhunters - Jo Nesbo. Reread
40. Humans - Tom Phillips
41. All Together Now - Mike Carter
42. The Jewel in the Crown - Paul Scott
43. Spin - Robert Charles Wilson
44. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency - Douglas Adams reread
45. The Anarchy - William Dalrymple
46. A Long Finish - Michael Dibdin Reread
47. Warship - Joshua Dalzelle
48. Call to Arms - Joshua Dalzelle
49. Counter strike - Joshua Dalzelle
50. the man who didn’t call - Rosie Walsh
51. The Paths Between Worlds - Paul Antony Jones
52. The History of Modern Britain. 10th Anniversary Edition - Andrew Marr
53. Dark Sacred Night - Michael Connelly
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#357  Postby UncertainSloth » Dec 15, 2019 10:19 pm

1. the twisted tree - rachel burge - 6/10
2. mr splitfoot - samantha hunt - 5/10
3. a wayne in a manger - gervaise phinn - 5/10
4. the moor - sam haysom - 8/10
5. the general theory of haunting - richard easter - 9/10
6. angry people in local newspapers - alistair coleman- 8/10
7. who let the gods out? - maz evans - 6/10
8. a house of ghosts - w.c. ryan - 8/10
9. a winter haunting - dan simmons - 8/10
10. cunk on everything - philomena cunk - 8/10
11. whistle in the dark - emma healey - 9/10
12. the priest hole - amy cross
13. the book of hidden things - francesco dimitri - 8/10
14. the corset - sarah purcell - 9/10
15, the lighthouse - alison moore - 7/10
16 .comfort break - abandoned - carol mcmahon...so much potential, so little good - kindle novelette...
17. before you wake - adam nevill - 3 short stories - 8/10 -
18. moorehead manor - some bloke - meh...there;s a half decent idea in there somewhere but this author didn't find it....
19. the passage- justin cronin - 10/10 - awesomesauce...
20. hidden company -s e england - 8/10
21. dark isle - david longhorn- 6/10
22. white tears - hari kunzru - 8/10
23. the lucifer chord - fg cottam -7/10
24. the wonder - emma donoghue -8/10...
25. speak - louisa hall - 9/10
26. rotherweird - andrew caldecott- 9/10
27. wakenhyrst- michelle paver-10/10
28. lanny -max porter-9/10
29. the hoarder - jess kidd - 8/10
30. lud in the mist - hope mirrlees - 8/10
31. underland - robert macfarlane - awesome/10
32. the summer we all ran away - cassandra parkin - 8/10
33. the lingering - sj holliday - 8/10
34. the dead men stood together - 8/10
35. elevation - stephen king - 8/10
36. in the night wood - dale bailey - 10/10
37. edgar & lucy - victor lodato - 10/10
38. the glass woman - caroline lea - 8/10
39. how to be right in a world gone wrong - james o'brien - 8/10
40. the enchanted - rene denfeld - 9/10
41. grief is the thing with feathers - max porter - 9/10
42. humans - a brief history of how we fucked it all up - tom phillips - 9/10
43. the asshole survival guide - robert sutton- 7/10
44. the ghost of lily painter - caitlin davies - 8/10
45. haverscroft - sa harris - 8/10
46. don't look back - ben cheetham - 8/10
47. the warlow experiment - alix somebody - 7/10
48. house of windows - john langan - 10/10
49. the jolly corner - henry james - 8/10
50. the bone clocks - david Mitchell - 10/10
51. the auguries - fg cottam - 6/10
52. the reddening - adam nevill - 9/10
53. paperbacks from hell - grady Hendrix - 9/10
54. we don't go back: a watcher' guide to folk horror - howard ingham - 10/10
55. the pale ones - bartholomew bennett - 7/10
56. abandon - blake crouch - 8/10
57. horrorstor - grady Hendrix - 7/10
58. books, baguettes and bedbugs - jeremy mercer - 4/10 - my sister said i'd really enjoy this; my sister was horribly wrong

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#358  Postby Fallible » Dec 17, 2019 7:40 pm

1. The Terror - Dan Simmons.
2. Milkman - Anna Burns.
3. The Long Take - Robin Robertson.
4. The Witchfinder's Sister - Beth Underdown.
5. The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris.
6. Bellman & Black - Dianne Setterfield.
7. The Outrun - Amy Liptrot.
8. Origin - Dan Brown.
9. Bodies of Water - V.H. Leslie.
10. The Fireman - Joe Hill.
11. Melmoth - Sarah Perry.
12. Devil's Day - Andrew Michael Hurley.
13. Imagine Me Gone - Adam Haslett.
14. Slade House - David Mitchell.
15. Fire and Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) - George R.R. Martin.
16. Arrowood - Laura McHugh.
17. The Hoarder - Jess Kidd.
18. Wakenhyrst - Michelle Paver.
19. The Leftovers - Tom Perrotta.
20. How to be Right - James O’Brien.
21. Chavs: the Demonisation of the Working Class - Owen Jones.
22. Number 11 - Jonathan Coe.
23. The Warlow Experiment - Alix Nathan.
24. The Gatekeeper - Russ Kane. Garbage.
25. In the Night Wood - Dale Bailey.
26. Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology - Leah Remini.
27. The Green Man - Kingsley Amis.
28. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood. Re-read
29. The Institute - Stephen King.
30. White Fragility:Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin DiAngelo.
31. The House of Sleep - Jonathan Coe.
32. Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs: the Left Bank World of Shakespeare and Co. - Jeremy Mercer.
33. She Said - Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey.
34. Brave - Rose McGowan.
35. Northern Lights - Philip Pullman. re-read.
36. The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman. re-read
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She revelled in adventure and imagination.
She never listened to no hater, liar,
Breaking boundaries and chasing fire.
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#359  Postby NamelessFaceless » Dec 18, 2019 2:54 pm

Audiobooks in Italics

1. The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
2. The Secret Adversary - Agatha Christie
3. The Quiet American - Graham Greene
4. Baltimore Blues - Laura Lippman
5. People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished From the Streets of Tokyo - And The Evil That Swallowed Her Up - Richard Lloyd Parry
6. Miao Dao - Joyce Carol Oates
7. Catch Me if You Can - Frank W. Abegnale
8. Some Do Not . . . - Ford Madox Ford
9. Mafia Prince - Phillip Leonetti, Scott Burnstein, and Christopher Graziano
10. Alex Rider: Skeleton Key - Anthony Horowitz
11. No More Parades - Ford Madox Ford
12. A Man Could Stand Up - Ford Madox Ford
13. The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Charles Dickens
14. Animal Farm - George Orwell
15. Bloodchild and Other Stories - Octavia E. Butler
16. The End of Eternity - Isaac Asimov
17. Shards of Honor - Lois McMaster Bujold
18. Last Post - Ford Madox Ford
19. Farewell: The Greatest Spy Story of the Twentieth Century - Sergei Kostin, Eric Raynaud
20. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
21. A Higher Call - Adam Makos
22. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
23. What It Is Like to Go to War - Karl Marlantes
24. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
25. SEAL Team Six - Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin

26. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
27. Goodbye, Darkness - William Manchester
28. Silas Marner - George Eliot
29. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
30. The Magdalen Girls - V.S. Alexander
31. Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott
32. Finegan's Wake - James Joyce :dance: :dance: :dance:
33. Finegan's Wake: A Plot Summary - John Gordon :dopey:
34. All the Lasting Things - David Hopson
35. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
36. The Book of the Unnamed Midwife - Meg Elison
37. The Satanic Verses - Salmon Rushdie
38. The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights - Sir James Knowles
39. Walden - Henry David Thoreau
40. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
41. Arrowsmith - Sinclair Lewis
42. Fear - L. Ron Hubbard
43. The Time Machine - H.G. Wells
44. The Body in the Dales - J.R. Ellis
45. Those Who Wander: America's Lost Street Kids - Vivian Ho
46. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
47. The Testaments - Margaret Atwood
48. Disturbed - Jennifer Jaynes
49. Jacob's Room - Virginia Woolf
50. The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole
51. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
52. Doctrine & Covenants - Joseph Smith, et al (I've been reading this a little at a time for the last 2-3 years, but I finally finished it!)
53. The King in Yellow - Robert W. Chambers
54. The Lady With the Dog and Other Stories - Anton Chekhov
55. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume I - Edgar Allan Poe
56. The Man Who Was Thursday - G.K. Chesterton
57. Cane - Jean Toomer
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#360  Postby don't get me started » Dec 19, 2019 1:04 am

1. Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics – Dianne Larsen-Freeman & Lynne Cameron
2. Around the World in 80 Words: A Journey Through the English language – Paul Anthony Jones
3. Cognitive Linguistic analysis of Visual Perception Verbs in Natural Language- With Special Reference to English Verbs ‘Look’ and See’ - Mika Kubota
4. Reporting Talk: Reported Speech in Interaction - Elizabeth Holt & Rebecca Clift (Eds.)
5. Making Sense: The Glamorous Story of English Grammar – David Crystal
6.Writing Systems - Geoffrey Sampson
7. 世界の中で、愛をさけぶ。片山恭一
8. Writing Systems of the World: Alphabets, Syllabaries, Pictograms – Akira Nakanishi
9. Flashman at the Charge - George MacDonald Fraser
10. On Bullshit - Harry G. Frankfurt
11. Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages - Gaston Dorren
12. Uneasy Rider - Mike Carter
13. Talk on the Wild Side: Why language Can't be Tamed - Lane Greene
14. Military Blunders - Saul David
15. Proxima - Stephen Baxter
16. Aliens: Science Asks: Is there Anyone out There? - Jim Al-Khalili (Ed)
17. American Notes - Charles Dickens
18. Four Words for Friend: Why Using More than One Language Matters Now More Than Ever - Marek Kohn
19. Ultima - Srephen Baxter
20. Fuzzy Grammar: A Reader - Bas Aarts, David Denison, Evelein Keizer & Gergana Popova (Eds)
21. Strange Weather in Tokyo - Hiromi Kawakami (Trans Allison Markin Powell)
22. Linguistics: Why it Matters = Geoffrey Pullum
23. Stalag Luft III: The Secret Story - Arthur A. Durand
24. Bodies and their parts: An NSM approach to semantic typology - Anna Wierzbicka
25. Towards a Cognitive Semantics. Vol II Typology and process in Concept Structuring - Leonard Talmy
26. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth century - Timothy Snyder
27. Common Discourse particles in English Conversation Lawrence C. Schourop
28. The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War - Ben Shephard
29. Another Fine Mess: Across the USA in a Ford Model T - Tim Moore
30. Quotatives: New Trends and Sociolinguistic Implications - Isabelle Buchstaller
31. Count and Mass Across Languages - Diane Massam (ed.)
32. Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis. - Jared Diamond
33. Forgotten Victims: The Abandonment of Americans in Hitler's Camps - Mitchell G Bard
34. Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and their Surprising Rise to Power - Anna Merlan
35. Humans: A Brief History of How We Fucked It All Up - Tom Phillips
36. All Together Now: One Man's Walk in Search of His Father and a Lost England - Mike Carter
37. Meaning and the English Verb - Geoffrey Leech
38. Count us In: How to Make Maths Real for all of Us - Gareth Ffowc Roberts
39. The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World - J.P. Mallory and D.Q. Adams.
40. Don't Believe a Word: The Surprising Truth about language - David ShariatMadari
41. The Accidental Dictionary: The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words - Pail Anthony Jones
42. That's not English: Britishisms, Americanisms and what our English says about US - Erin Moor
43. A Short History of Drunkenness: How, Why, Where and When Humankind Has Got Merry from the Stone Age to the Present - Mark Forsyth
44. The Five Minute Linguist: Bite Sized Essays on Language and Linguistics - Caroline Myrick & Walt Wolfram (Eds).
45. The Origin of Language: Tracing the Evolution of the Mother Tongue - Merritt Ruhlen
46. Learner English: A Teacher's Guide to Interference and Other Problems - Michael Swan & Bernard Smith (Eds.)
47. Matter - Iain M Banks
48. The Not Terribly Good Book of Heroic Failures - Stephen Pile
49. Spin - Robert Charles Wilson]
50. Rethinking Universals: How Rarities Affect Linguistic Theory - Jan Wohlgemuth and Michael Cysouw (Eds.)
51. Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky
52. Rara and Raissma: Documenting the Fringes of Linguistic Diversity - Jan Wohlgemuth and Michael Cysouw (Eds.)
53. Kinds, Things and Stuff: Mass terms and Generics - Francis Jeffry Pelletier (Ed.)

54. Mud, Blood and Poppycock - Gordon Corrigan

This book is a bold and partisan examination of the First World War and the British part in it. The author is an ex-military man and deals with the events of 1914-18 from the perspective of a staff officer. One of the main points of his argument was that instead of the 'lions led by donkeys' narrative that became popularized in later years, the British army was a very professional and dynamic force. There had never been a mass conscription culture in Britain and consequently, the army was pitifully small and under-equipped. The job of creating a vary large land force, basically from scratch, was a tough one, and it took a long time. The manpower could be assembled but it needed leadership, and although a civilian could be turned into an infantryman in a few months, the NCOs and officers who were required to make the whole thing work took a lot longer to produce.
Blunders were made, but the author argues that the learning curve was steep and by 1917 the British army was a competent field army with a good aggressive spirit and an ability to adapt and learn lessons quickly and effectively.

Corrigan deals with various myths and popular tropes and calls into question the notion of hopeless men left flailing in the mud for months on end while out of touch generals moved pins on maps and lived the high life in requisitioned chateaux. Actually a fair number of senior officers did die at the front, with their men and in the British army, men were rotated out of the front line for rest and refitting on a very regular basis.
There is an interesting chart on p.289 which compares The Somme in 1916 with Normandy in 1944. Although the Somme involved more British divisions than Normandy (53 vs 19) , the actual death rate per division per week was higher in Normandy than on the Somme (100 men per week in Normandy vs. 89 per week at the Somme.) The author points out that in popular imagination nobody sees Normandy as a futile bloodbath presided over by inept generals who cared not for the men under them.

Corrigan has a brisk writing style and his first hand knowledge of what it is that the Army actually does (as opposed to what politicians and civilians think it may do) shines through. He is also wry and sardonic at times. In one footnote, explaining the naming of a unit of after Lafayette he adds a note ' For British readers [...] Lafeyette was a French general who fought on the American side in the Revolutionary Wars (1774-1783), when their Frenchmen beat our Germans.' (p.398) Ha ha. :thumbup:

A good and eye-opening read.
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