Words on Words

Quotations about Language and Languages

Words on Words

From Homer ("winged words") to Robert Burns ("Beware a tongue that's smoothly hung") to Rudyard Kipling ("Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind"), writers from all over the world have put pen to paper on the inexhaustible topic of language. Yet surprisingly, their writings on the subject have never been gathered in a single volume. In Words on Words, David and Hilary Crystal have collected nearly 5,000 quotations about language and all its intriguing aspects: speaking, reading, writing, translation, verbosity, usage, slang, and more. As the stock-in-trade of so many professions—orators, media personalities, writers, and countless others—language's appeal as a subject is extraordinarily relevant and wide-ranging. The quotations are grouped thematically under 65 different headings, from "The Nature of Language" through the "Language of Politics" to "Quoting and Misquoting." This arrangement enables the reader to explore a topic through a variety of lenses, ancient and modern, domestic and foreign, scientific and casual, ironic and playful. Three thorough indexes—to authors, sources, and key words—provide different entry points into the collection. A valuable resource for professional writers and scholars, Words on Words is for anyone who loves language and all things linguistic.

Words on Words

The Columbia Dictionary for Writers

Words on Words

Lists words and terms, useful to journalists and students of the English language, including etymology, usage, and interesting facts.

Combinatorics on Words

9th International Conference, WORDS 2013, Turku, Finland, September 16-20, 2013, Proceedings

Combinatorics on Words

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Combinatorics on Words, WORDS 2013, held in Turku, Finland, in September 2013 under the auspices of the EATCS. The 20 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 43 initial submissions. The central topic of the conference is combinatorics on words (i.e. the study of finite and infinite sequence of symbols) from varying points of view, including their combinatorial, algebraic and algorithmic aspects, as well as their applications.

On Words and Sounds

A Selection of Papers from the 40th PLM, 2009

On Words and Sounds

The present volume On Words and Sounds is a collection of selected papers from PLM 2009. The Poznań Linguistic Meeting (PLM) is an annual international general linguistics conference. The book consists of fifteen articles, each of which can be read separately or in relation to others. The book will definitely appeal to the academic readership interested in linguistic disciplines such as: phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, sociolinguistics, pragmatics and clinical linguistics. Collectively, the contributions investigate the interrelationships among those disciplines as well as between language and music. The central aim for the scholars was to explore the PLM 2009 leitmotif “Variants, Variability, Variation” and show that the complete study of language involves diversified frameworks often rooted in interdisciplinary approaches.

Combinatorics on Words

11th International Conference, WORDS 2017, Montréal, QC, Canada, September 11-15, 2017, Proceedings

Combinatorics on Words

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Combinatorics on Words, WORDS 2017, held in Montréal, QC, Canada, in September 2017. The 21 revised full papers presented together with 5invoted talks were carefully reviewed and selected from 26 submissions. Discrete geometry plays an expanding role in the fields of shape modeling, image synthesis, and image analysis. It deals with topological and geometrical definitions of digitized objects or digitized images and provides both a theoretical and computational framework for computer imaging.

Words on Target

For Better Christian Communication

Words on Target

Words on Target is a practical and accessible resource for Christian communicators. In her lively and informative writing style, Sue Nichols Spencer offers advice for communicating effectively. This book is perfect for students and for writers and public speakers who would like to improve their communication skills.

Applied Combinatorics on Words

Applied Combinatorics on Words

Applications of combinatorics in bioformatics, text processing, combinatorial enumeration and fractal analysis.

Edit Yourself: A Manual for Everyone Who Words with Words

Edit Yourself: A Manual for Everyone Who Words with Words

"A strong new entry for the reference shelf of anyone who writes to be understood—or would like to."—Pittsburgh Press In the first part of this useful book, the author shows how to solve common problems of writing. The reader will learn how to recognize common problems of writing. The reader will learn how to recognize words and phrases that should be cut; how to shorten cumbersome sentences; how to arrange the elements of pairs, series, and compound subjects and predicates; how to recognize and rectify mismanaged participles; and how to be on the lookout for the better word. The second part of the book consists of more than 1500 recommendations for cuts, changes, and comparisons that editors make to produce writing that is concise and effective.

Algebraic Combinatorics on Words

Algebraic Combinatorics on Words

Comprehensive 2002 introduction to combinatorics on words for mathematicians and theoretical computer scientists.