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  1. 8.0 hrs • 3/24/2016 • Unabridged

    The answer to this all depends on-you guessed it-grammar. In the third part of his extraordinary Way with Words series, Professor Drout continues to explore humanity's intimate association with language, here delving into the finer points of English grammar. Since others judge you by the way you speak, the intricacies of grammar, in fact, should not be relegated to the realm of fussy "guardians of the language," but are rather essential clues all can employ to communicate more exactly. In such a light, this course forms an invaluable guide for everyone from all fields of interest.

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    A Way With Words III

    8.0 hrs • 3/24/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 14.0 hrs • 8/4/2015 • Unabridged

    Steven Pinker, author of the landmark bestsellers The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate—and one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists—offers an eye-opening explanation of how human beings learn and use language in Words and Rules. Words and Rules remains one of Pinker’s most provocative and accessible books, illuminating the fascinating relationship between the brain, the mind, and the how language makes us human.

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    Words and Rules

    14.0 hrs • 8/4/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 5.8 hrs • 7/1/2015 • Unabridged

    An expat’s witty and insightful exploration of English and American cultural differences through the lens of language that will leave listeners gobsmacked In That’s Not English, the seemingly superficial differences between British and American English open the door to a deeper exploration of a historic and fascinating cultural divide. In each of the thirty chapters, Erin Moore explains a different word we use that says more about us than we think. For example, “Quite” exposes the tension between English reserve and American enthusiasm; in “Moreish” she addresses our snacking habits; in “Partner” she examines marriage equality; in “Pull” the theme is dating and sex; “Cheers” is about drinking; and “Knackered” covers how we raise our kids. The result is a cultural history in miniature and an expatriate’s survival guide. American by birth, Moore is a former book editor who specialized in spotting British books—including Eats, Shoots & Leaves—for the US market. She’s spent the last seven years living in England with her Anglo-American husband and a small daughter with an English accent. That’s Not English is the perfect companion for modern anglophiles and the ten million British and American travelers who visit one another’s countries each year.

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    That’s Not English by Erin Moore

    That’s Not English

    5.8 hrs • 7/1/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 8.2 hrs • 4/6/2015 • Unabridged

    Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in the New Yorker’s copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Now she brings her vast experience, good cheer, and finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language book as full of life as it is of practical advice. Between You & Me features Norris’s laugh-out-loud descriptions of some of the most common and vexing problems in spelling, punctuation, and usage—comma faults, danglers, who versus whom, that versus which, compound words, gender-neutral language—and her clear explanations of how to handle them. Down to earth and always open-minded, she draws on examples from Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, and the Lord’s Prayer, as well as from The Honeymooners, The Simpsons, David Foster Wallace, and Gillian Flynn. She takes us to see a copy of Noah Webster’s groundbreaking Blue-Back Speller, on a quest to find out who put the hyphen in Moby-Dick, on a pilgrimage to the world’s only pencil-sharpener museum, and inside the hallowed halls of the New Yorker and her work with such celebrated writers as Pauline Kael, Philip Roth, and George Saunders.

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    Between You & Me

    8.2 hrs • 4/6/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 12.4 hrs • 9/30/2014 • Unabridged

    A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care? In The Sense of Style, the bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the twenty-first century, Pinker doesn’t carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose. In this short, cheerful, and eminently practical book, Pinker shows how writing depends on imagination, empathy, coherence, grammatical know-how, and an ability to savor and reverse engineer the good prose of others. He replaces dogma about usage with reason and evidence, allowing writers and editors to apply the guidelines judiciously, rather than robotically, being mindful of what they are designed to accomplish. Filled with examples of great and gruesome prose, Pinker shows us how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right.

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    The Sense of Style

    12.4 hrs • 9/30/14 • Unabridged
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  6. 0.5 hrs • 11/30/2011

    Perfect punctuation—it’s not just for professors, publishers, and pencil pushers! Whether you are writing the next New York Times bestselling novel or an email to coworkers and customers, you need to know how to skillfully use punctuation in your writing. Whatever issues may be challenging you today, punctuation doesn’t have to be one of them because author Liv Montgomery makes it fun and understandable. In 30-minutes, Perfect Punctuation for Practical People will entertain you while you learn the fundamentals of periods, parentheses, and paragraphs. Tickle your funny bone with this off-beat and authoritative program on using punctuation to write like a professional.

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    Perfect Punctuation for Practical People

    Produced by Made for Success
    Featuring Liv Montgomery
    0.5 hrs • 11/30/11
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  7. 8.9 hrs • 9/13/2010 • Unabridged

    Early in the history of english, glamour and grammar were the same word, linked to enchantment and magical spells. Now grammar brings to mind language bullies and bored-out-of-their-skulls students. Roy Peter Clark, one of America’s most influential writing teachers, wants to change that by putting the glamour back into grammar. Whether you are composing a novel, a memo, an e-mail, or a blog post, you can immediately apply any of the lessons Clark lays out in fifty short chapters. Covering everything from the parts of speech to why effective writers prefer concrete nouns and active verbs, Clark teaches you how to use periods, commas, and semicolons to their fullest advantage; befriend the lively verb to be; avoid “hyper-grammar”; properly place those tricky modifiers; and harness other secrets of powerful prose. Above all, he teaches you how to master grammar to perfect your use of English, to hone meaning, and to charm through your writing. In a world where we communicate more and more through emails and text messages, how you use language matters—even in 140 characters. The Glamour of Grammar prepares you top captivate with every word. 

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    The Glamour of Grammar

    8.9 hrs • 9/13/10 • Unabridged
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  8. 5.5 hrs • 4/1/2006 • Unabridged

    What do suicidal pandas, doped-up rock stars, and a naked Pamela Anderson have in common? They’re all a heck of a lot more interesting than reading about predicate nominatives and hyphens. June Casagrande knows this and has invented a whole new twist on the grammar book. Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies is a laugh-out-loud funny collection of anecdotes and essays on grammar and punctuation, as well as hilarious critiques of the self-appointed language experts. Chapters include:I’m Writing This While Naked—The Oh-So Steamy Predicate NominativeSemicolonoscopy—Colons, Semicolons, Dashes, and Other Probing AnnoyancesI’ll Take “I Feel Like a Moron” for $200, Alex—When to Put Punctuation Inside Quotation MarksSnobbery Up with Which You Should Not Put Up—PrepositionsIs That a Dangler in Your Memo or Are You Just Glad to See Me?Hyphens—Life-Sucking, Mom-and-Apple-Pie-Hating, Mime-Loving, Nerd-Fight-Inciting Daggers of the Damned Casagrande delivers practical and fun language lessons not found anywhere else, demystifying the subject and taking it back from the snobs. In short, it’s a grammar book people will actually want to read—just for the fun of it.

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    Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies

    5.5 hrs • 4/1/06 • Unabridged
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