2010 University Press Books


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Garner, Bryan A.

Garner’s Modern American Usage, Third Edition

942 pp., 7” x 10”, index, $45.00 cloth, CIP included

July 2009

Oxford University Press

Since first appearing in 1998, Garner’s Modern American Usage has established itself as the preeminent guide to the effective use of the English language. Brimming with witty, erudite essays on troublesome words and phrases, GMAU authoritatively shows how to avoid the countless pitfalls that await unwary writers and speakers whether the issues relate to grammar, punctuation, word choice, or pronunciation. An exciting new feature of this third edition is Garner’s Language-Change Index, which registers where each disputed usage in modern English falls on a five-stage continuum from nonacceptability (to the language community as a whole) to acceptability, giving the book a consistent standard throughout.

LC 2009009539, ISBN 9780195382754 (c.)




Aiello, Thomas (Editor)

Dan Burley’s Jive

220 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 20 illustrations, $24.00 paper, CIP included

September 2009

Northern Illinois University Press

This retro volume combines two brilliant and long out-of-print books, Dan Burley’s Original Handbook of Harlem Jive (1944) and Diggeth Thou? (1959) by Dan Burley. With only a handful of original copies left in library special collections, Aiello’s work will allow Burley’s fascinating take on jive to reach a new generation of readers and scholars. “This book is a gem, and its reprinting highlights the contributions of one of the most creative and socially-conscious wordsmiths in American history.”—H. Samy Alim, UCLA, author of Roc the Mic Right: The Language of Hip Hop Culture

LC 2009028408, ISBN 9780875806235 (p.)




Fowler, H.W. (Edited with a new introduction and notes by David Crystal)

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage: The Classic First Edition

784 pp., 5 1/8” x 7 3/4”, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2009

Oxford University Press

Oxford is bringing back the original long-out-of-print first edition of this beloved work, enhanced with a new introduction by one of today’s leading experts on the language, David Crystal. Drawing on a wealth of entertaining examples, Crystal offers an insightful reassessment of Fowler’s reputation and his place in the history of linguistic thought. Fowler, Crystal points out, was far more sophisticated in his analysis of language than most people realize and many of his entries display a concern for descriptive accuracy which would do any modern linguist proud. And although the book is full of his personal likes and dislikes, Fowler’s prescriptivism is usually intelligent and reasoned.

LC 2009921241, ISBN 9780199535347 (c.)




Valdman, Albert, and Kevin J. Rottet (Kevin James) (Editors)

Dictionary of Louisiana French as Spoken in Cajun, Creole, and American Indian Communities

800 pp., 8” x 10”, references list, $38.00 cloth, CIP included

December 2009

University Press of Mississippi

This book provides the richest inventory of French vocabulary in Louisiana and reflects precisely the speech of the period from 1930 to the present. It describes the current usage of French-speaking peoples in the five broad regions of South Louisiana. Data was collected during interviews from at least five persons in each of twenty-four areas in these regions. The dictionary also contains material compiled from existing lexical inventories, from texts published after 1930, and from archival recordings. The dictionary not only contains the largest number of words and expressions but also provides the most complete information available for each entry.

LC 2009015211, ISBN 9781604734034 (c.)



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