Good books about language and culture

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A Mouthful of Air: Language and Languages, Especially English
1.  A Mouthful of Air: Language and Languages, Especially English by Anthony Burgess
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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language
2.  The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language by David Crystal
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Mother Tongue: The English Language
3.  Mother Tongue: The English Language by Bill Bryson
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Spoken Here: Travel Among Threatened Languages
4.  Spoken Here: Travel Among Threatened Languages by Mark Abley
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Dr Johnson's Dictionary: The Book that Defined the World: The Extraordinary Story of the Book That Defined the World
5.  Dr Johnson's Dictionary: The Book that Defined the World: The Extraordinary Story of the Book That Defined the World by Henry Hitchings
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An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Penguin Classics)
6.  An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Penguin Classics) by John Locke
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Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution
7.  Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution by Ray Jackendoff
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Swearing: A Social History of Foul Language, Oaths and Profanity in English
8.  Swearing: A Social History of Foul Language, Oaths and Profanity in English by Geoffrey Hughes
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Cassell Dictionary Of Slang
9.  Cassell Dictionary Of Slang by Jonathon Green
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Fontana Modern Masters - Saussure
10.  Fontana Modern Masters - Saussure by Jonathan Culler
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Sensible Words: Linguistic Practice in England, 1640-1785
11.  Sensible Words: Linguistic Practice in England, 1640-1785 by Professor Murray Cohen
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Lost For Words: The Mangling and Manipulating of the English Language
12.  Lost For Words: The Mangling and Manipulating of the English Language by John Humphrys
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Troublesome Words
13.  Troublesome Words by Bill Bryson
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Eats shoots and leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
14.  Eats shoots and leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
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