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  • She fears the country will split along linguistic lines.
  • Colin Singleton’s type was not physical but linguistic; he liked Katherines.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • …were employed in making fine clothes out of the fancy goods snatched on the station ramp from condemned Jews, expert cobblers and workers in high-quality leather, gardeners with green thumbs, technicians and engineers possessing certain specialist capabilities, and a handful like Sophie with combined linguistic and secretarial gifts) were spared extermination for the raw pragmatic reason that their talents came as close to being invaluable as that word had any such meaning in the camp.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Shakespeare told us precious little of the man whom he entombed in his linguistic sarcophagus.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars

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  • "Why pay rent?" the linguistic circular went on to demand.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Sophie was surprised she had not spotted the linguistic ties immediately.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Naturally, Anne’s spelling and linguistic errors have been corrected.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Nelson spent part of an afternoon demonstrating to me that fine linguistic difference while we scraped chicken manure from the nest boxes.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Adding to the complication: the newcomers in Clarkston were not a homogenous linguistic or cultural group of, say, Somalis, whose appearance had transformed some small American towns like Lewiston, Maine, but a sampling of the world’s citizens from dozens of countries and ethnic groups.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Another proof that he was a native of the universal country was apparent in the fact of his knowing no other Italian words than the terms used in music, and which like the "goddam" of Figaro, served all possible linguistic requirements.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • And I found it more or less appropriate that the French word for shark, requin, has its linguistic roots in the word requiem.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • I desired to do this for my own satisfaction, and I had little hope that other people would be interested in this work, especially since it was primarily linguistic in inspiration and was begun in order to provide the necessary background of ’history’ for Elvish tongues.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • It is true that there are also some linguistic grounds, but they do not appear to be probative.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The much-storied disenchantment with mathematics among Western children starts in the third and fourth grades, and Fuson argues that perhaps a part of that disenchantment is due to the fact that math doesn’t seem to make sense; its linguistic structure is clumsy; its basic rules seem arbitrary and complicated.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Archaeologists and philologists have identified in Homer relics of artifacts and linguistic forms that must date to the Greek Bronze Age of the middle second millennium.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • There is also a linguistic connection between the name given to the plant and that for bark of cassia which is called ’snake rind’, that is to say, the sloughed snake-skin.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • His linguistic behavior suggests that at some time Quentin Tarantino, the writer-director, was in contact with the Good Book, despite all his Bad Language.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • "What a great linguistic puzzle," Art said.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • He gave linguistic examples, showing that to us the Hindi letters da, da, and dha all sound identical to us because we don’t have analogues to them to sensitize us to their differences.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Even his linguistic accomplishments sat very lightly on him—to such an extent, indeed, that he did not speak at all beyond uttering such words as please, thanks, you bet, rather and hallo.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • With these to work on he contrived to master the intricacies of your language, and we still possess in our library the manuscript of one of his first linguistic exercises—a translation of Montaigne’s essay on Vanity into Tibetan—surely a unique production.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • The guards were actually pleasant, barely glancing at their minimal luggage, more curious about their linguistic ability than their possessions.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • One member of the team that met to discuss the Emily tapes, Carol Fleisher Feldman, later wrote: In general, her speech to herself is so much richer and more complex [than her speech to adults] that it has made all of us, as students of language development, begin to wonder whether the picture of language acquisition offered in the literature to date does not underrepresent the actual patterns of the linguistic knowledge of the young child.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • A note of pity sounded in the Doctor’s voice; and then struck by the number—only eight at table—"Are these luncheons what you would describe as ’intimate’?" he inquired briskly, not so much out of idle curiosity as in his linguistic zeal.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • This symbolism is not peculiar to dreams, but is characteristic of unconscious ideation, in particular among the people, and it is to be found in folklore, and in popular myths, legends, linguistic idioms, proverbial wisdom and current jokes, to a more complete extent than in dreams.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • In it lay what may be called the linguistic peculiarity of the heath; and being audible nowhere on earth off a heath, it afforded a shadow of reason for the woman’s tenseness, which continued as unbroken as ever.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • They were addressed by a congressman who had just returned from an exhaustive three-months study of the finances, ethnology, political systems, linguistic divisions, mineral resources, and agriculture of Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Jugoslavia, and Bulgaria.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • What thus goes on out of school does not interest the guardians of our linguistic morals.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Then Enki must have had some kind of linguistic power that goes beyond our concept of normal.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Herein lies a linguistic riddle—whether the prefix "a-" in their language does indeed mean "without."
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Obviously, as vital as the physical appearances was language-not merely the fluent use of English but the mastery of linguistic idiosyncrasies, the dialects that were characteristic of specific locations.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • It has as much to do with the energy released by linguistic fission and fusion, with the buoyancy generated by cadence and tone and rhyme and stanza, as it has to do with the poem’s concerns or the poet’s truthfulness.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • And I am sure that after you hear the testimony of linguistic experts, Dr. Richard Madden, and the men of the Amistad themselves, you will have no other choice but to conclude that the blacks on board the Amistad are in fact residents and citizens of African nations, and as such are subject to immediate release and guaranteed return to their nation as stated by the Treaty of 1819.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • At the far end on his left, the hunchbacked amateur photographer from Mexico sat perched on several pillows, wearing the facial expression of a deaf man, the result of linguistic isolation; on his right was seated the old maid from Transylvania, a lady who, as Herr Settembrini had complained, demanded that everyone take an interest in her brother-in-law, although no one knew the man, nor wished to know him.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Linguistic alchemy.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • He believes that coming to a language late can be an advantage, because one brings better credentials, linguistic, cultural, and emotional.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • They pay attention to linguistic attainments of many other kinds, but not to this.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • It is also widely believed that if they just made a serious effort black children could easily learn standard American, to pull themselves up by their linguistic bootstraps.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Once he had picked up half a dozen localisms, he would be, to all linguistic intents and purposes, fully naturalized.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The colonists, indeed, showed a beautiful disregard of linguistic nicety.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • It was first proposed by Jonathan Swift, on the model of the French Academy, to dictate linguistic standards.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Advertisers were as quick as politicians to meet average Americans on a comfortable linguistic level.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Labov says that these leaders of linguistic change have had a history of nonconformity and that their language itself was a display of nonconformity.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Linguist Walt Wolfram sees a lessening of the colonial linguistic mentality.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • By the end of the 1930s, Bonfiglio says, "New York speech had become dissonant with the notions of heartland American linguistic and ethnic purity."
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Carefully wrought American English is part of our national linguistic life, too.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • He was born in Wisconsin, of Norwegian parents, in 1845, and pursued linguistic studies at the University of Wisconsin, where he seems to have taken a Ph.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • That movement began a cultural and linguistic migration that continues to this day, as we shall see, gathering power and belated prestige in both North and South.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Females among the Burnouts were the principal leaders of linguistic change, measured by how completely they adopted the vowel changes in the Northern Cities Shift.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Thus the American, on his linguistic side, likes to make his language as he goes along, and not all the hard work of his grammar teachers can hold the business back.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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