17 November 2013
06 May 2013
Selected Poems of the Russian Symbolists: Bryusov, Akhmatova and Mandelstam. Three eBook shorts.
Nine Poems of Valery Bryusov (Selected Poems of the Russian Symbolists: Bryusov, Akhmatova and Mandelstam).
Fifteen Poems of Anna Akhmatova (Selected Poems of the Russian Symbolists: Bryusov, Akhmatova and Mandelstam).
Eleven Poems of Osip Mandelstam (Selected Poems of the Russian Symbolists: Bryusov, Akhmatova and Mandelstam).
The Origin of Surnames
05 February 2013
Eight Titles by Graeme Davis Published through Amazon KDP
The Baird Letters - Letters of Gilbert Baird of Auchmedden
Driver H Taylor’s “In Memory of Our Nigh...
A Brit in Iceland
The Red Rag Vol 1 No 1 October 1916
A Brit in Greenland
A Literary Study of Andreas
Mary Ann Beard's The Church Lane Ghost
10 December 2012
A Literary Study of Andreas
26 November 2012
Historical Perspectives on the Development and Spread of English
25 November 2012
24 September 2012
16 June 2012
20 March 2012
30 January 2012
30 November 2011
08 November 2011
John Benjamins Publishing Company,
"Linguistics Today" volume 178
Reviewed by Graeme Davis in Buckingham Journal of Language and Linguistics issue IV (2011)
27 June 2011
24 May 2011
04 January 2011
Solving Genealogy Problems:
How to Break Down "Brick Walls"
and Build Your Family Tree
published December 2011.
Reviewed by Family Tree magazine March 2012: "It basically does what it says on the tin ... Like a driving instructor guiding you through a three point turn to get you out of a dead end."
Reviewed by Genealogists' Magazine 30.9 March 2012: "A useful guide for those occasions when research has come to a standstill and another angle is needed to progress any further".
Reviewed by Who Do You Think You Are? February 2012: "Clear explnations, signposting and sound advice underpin ideas to try to solve your conundrums ... One to inspire ..."
06 October 2010
See reviews at Medieval History, Reykjavik Grapevine, Speesh, discussion The Modern Historian, the Canadian Medievalist, and other such Oxymorons, and interview at Medievalists.
18 August 2010
T. S. Eliot's THE WASTE LAND In 999 Words (What Everyone Should Know)
This eBook short published by Nimble Books.
13 July 2010
John Milton's PARADISE LOST In 999 Words (What Everyone Should Know)
This eBook short by Graeme Davis published by Nimble Books.
29 January 2010
Research Your Surname and Your Family Tree
Reviewed by Family Tree Magazine December 2010: "brings ... expertise to bear on surnames."
Reviewed by BBC Who Do You Think You Are? January 2011: "whether you're a Smith or an Elton this book will provide some valuable pointers to unravelling the unique story behind your surname."
Reviewed by Genealogist's Magazine March 2011: "this book will not disappoint the reader."
Reviewed by Your Family Tree Spring 2011: "A superb new approach ... This is a warm, well-informed book that will interest everyone".
Mentioned by Family Tree Magazine March 2011: "Particularly popular with genealogists ... the perfect starting point for those wishing to find out what your family name means".
13 January 2010
12 January 2010
28 December 2009
19 October 2009
"Nimble author Graeme Davis will be appearing on Channel 5 in the UK at 8 pm local time Wed Oct 21 to discuss The Lost Symbol and Graeme's forthcoming book about it."
The Lost Symbol: Truth or Fiction (Documentary)
Time - 20:00 - 21:00 (1 hour long)
When - Wednesday 21st October on Channel Five
Investigative documentary exploring the story behind Dan Brown's new novel, The Lost Symbol. Featuring unique access to Freemason lodges throughout the world, the film examines the history of the organisation and explores the biggest conspiracy theories surrounding it. After centuries of rumour, suspicion and scandal, do the Freemasons deserve their mysterious reputation?
21 August 2009
The Lost Symbol: Found is published by Nimble Books October 2009, and is an exploration of Dan Brown's latest novel The Lost Symbol.
The Freemasons and Washington DC provide a background for an exploration of mysticism and religious enlightenment. Within the frame of a fast-paced thriller this book asks and even answers key questions about the existence of a soul and a life after death.
Available in paperback and Kindle.
20 March 2009
Your Family Tree On-Line
How to trace your ancestry from your own computer
Published August 2009 by Howtobooks.
Reviewed by Ancestors issue 87 "all that you need to know to get started".
Reviewed by Family Tree Autumn 2009 "a clear step-by-step guide".
Reviewed by Your Family Tree issue 82 - they love the title!
Reviewed by BBC Who Do You Think You Are? magazine issue 27 "... a useful primer for beginners".
Reviewed by Family History Monthly issue 176 "of use to beginners".
Mentioned by Family Tree Magazine March 2011: "Particularly popular with genealogists ... explains how to begin tracing ancestors on the internet".
16 October 2008
Beedle the Bard
Re-read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Today
Published by Nimble Books, Michigan.
Re-read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Today
Published by Nimble Books, Michigan.
Exploring Beedle the Bard
Published by Nimble Books, Michigan.
20 June 2008
The Buckingham Journal of Language and Linguistics
The University of Buckingham Press, edited by Graeme Davis and Karl Bernhardt
Issue 1, September 2008.
Issue 2, September 2009.
Issue 3, September 2010.
Issue 4, September 2011.
This is the successor journal to Journal of Language and Linguistics (1999-2007).
19 June 2008
The Unauthorized Harry Potter Quiz Book, published June 2008 by Nimble Books, Michigan.
This is a Harry Potter quiz book like no other. It won't be asking you questions like "what school did Harry Potter go to?" (If you are a Harry Potter fan, then of course you know the answer!) Rather it asks questions which will develop your literary appreciation of the Harry Potter books and your general knowledge of the Harry Potter phenomenon. Some of these questions are easy, quite a few are fiendishly difficult, and several of them really don't have simple answers, but thinking about possible answers is what it is all about. Work through this quiz book (with an eye on the answers) and come out the other end with a much better understanding of the phenomenon that is Harry Potter.
15 March 2008
24 August 2007
Dictionary of West Country English
Published July 2008 by Abson Books.
"A language so local, so phonetically condensed, permissive of slur that it is inseparable ... from its peculiar landscapes; its combes and bartons, leats and linhays." (John Fowles)
09 July 2007
Vikings in America
Published August 2009 by Birlinn, Edinburgh.
For four centuries or more, from their first visits around AD 1000 to the eve of the Columbus voyages, the Vikings explored and settled thousands of miles of the coasts and rivers of North America. From New York’s Long Island to the Canadian High Arctic the New World was a playground for Viking adventurers. And the name the Vikings gave to this New World – America.
Reviewed by Medieval History. "A well-researched, interesting and thought provoking book which is sure to create fresh debate... Graeme Davis writes in a descriptive and lively style... A fascinating look at Viking history".
03 May 2007
05 April 2007
Early English Settlement of Orkney and Shetland
Published 2007 by John Donald, an imprint of Birlinn.
Classical and Mediaeval historians state that there was English settlement in both Orkney and Shetland from at least the fourth century AD – about a century before the English migrated from the Continent to England. Scholars have dismissed these references as mistaken, though with no better reason than that they do not fit the traditional view. This book examines the case for early English settlement, bringing to light new evidence from the Norn language which was spoken on the islands until the eighteenth century, as well as re-examining historical and archaeological sources. The linguistic evidence serves as a proof for the accuracy of the assertions of early historians. It shows that the English were a small group within the complex cultural mix of Orkney and Shetland, ultimately subsumed into the Norwegian Viking population which later migrated to the islands. The English did not survive as a discrete population. But they had a four-hundred year presence in the islands, which constitutes the earliest English settlement within the British Isles.
Interview in The Orcadian.
Oxbow Books comments: "This fascinating book [which] treads a neat line between scholarly rigour and readability proposes that the Orkneys and Shetland were settled by the Saxons from the 4th century AD, centuries before the Vikings. Davis builds his case using historical records, linguistics and new genetic evidence, explaining the theory and processes in detail."
Guest Lecturer, Florida International University, March 2007.
Presentation 13th March "The Mythical History of English", Linguistics Program, College of Arts and Sciences.
06 January 2007
29 September 2006
28 August 2006
Genealogy and the Internet
Dr Graeme Davis
New on-line book published September 2006 by SelfHelpGuides, Auckland, New Zealand.
This guide is for anyone who wants to research a family. Using the resources here you can advance your family tree without travelling to national and regional record offices. The emphasis for this guide is on the British Isles and those English-speaking countries where ancestry goes back to Britain or Europe, usually by the mid nineteenth century.
18 June 2006
Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics
edited Graeme Davis and Karl Bernhardt
This Peter Lang monograph series provides an outlet for academic monographs which offer a recent and original contribution to linguistics and which are within the descriptive tradition.
While the monographs demonstrate their debt to contemporary linguistic thought, the series does not impose limitations in terms of methodology or genre, and does not support a particular linguistic school. Rather the series welcomes new and innovative research that contributes to furthering the understanding of the description of language.
The topics of the monographs are scholarly and represent the cutting edge for their particular fields, but are also accessible to researchers outside the specific disciplines.
Vol. 1 Mark Garner: Language: An Ecological View. 2004.
ISBN 3-03910-054-8 / US-ISBN 0-8204-6295-0
Vol. 2 T. Nyan: Meanings at the Text Level: A Co-Evolutionary Approach. 2004.
ISBN 3-03910-250-8 / US-ISBN 0-8204-7179-8
Vol. 3: Breffni O'Rourke and Lorna Carson (eds): Language Learner Autonomy: Policy, Curriculum Classroom. A Festschrift in Honour of David Little. 2010. ISBN 978-3-03911-980-6
Vol. 4: Dimitra Koutsantoni: Developing Academic Literacies - Understanding Disciplinary Communities' Culture and Rhetoric. 2007. ISBN 978-3-03910-575-5
Vol. 5: Emmanuelle Labeau: Beyond the Aspect Hypothesis: Tense-Aspect Development in Advanced L2 French. 2005. ISBN 3-03910-281-8 / US-ISBN 0-8204-7208-5
Vol. 6: Maria Stambolieva: Building up Aspect: a Study of Aspect and Related Categories in Bulgarian, with Parallels in English and French. 2008. ISBN 978-3-03910-558-8
Vol. 7: Stavroula Varella: Language Contact and the Lexicon in the History of Cypriot Greek. 2006. ISBN 3-03910-526-4 / US-ISBN 0-8204-7531-9
Vol. 8: Alan J. E. Wolf: Subjectivity in a Second Language: Conveying the Expression of Self. 2006. ISBN 3-03910-518-3 / US-ISBN 0-8204-7524-6
Vol. 9: Bettina Braun: Production and Perception of Thematic Contrast in German. 277 pages. 2006. ISBN 3-03910-566-3 / US-ISBN 0-8204-7593-9
Vol. 10: Jean-Paul Kouega: A Dictionary of Cameroon English Usage. 2007. ISBN 3-03911-027-8 / US-ISBN 0-8204-9316-9
Vol. 11: Sebastian M Rasinger: Bengali English in East London. 2007. ISBN 978-3-03911-036-0
Vol. 12: Emmanuelle Labeau and Florence Myles: The Advanced Learner Variety: The Case of French. 2008. ISBN 978-3-03911-072-8
Vol. 13: Miyoko Kobayashi: Hitting the Mark: How Can Text Organisation and Response Format Affect Reading Test Performance? 2009. ISBN 978-3-03911-083-4
Vol. 14: Dingfang Shu & Ken Turner (eds): Contrasting Meaning in Languages of the East and West. 2010. ISBN 978-3-03911-886-1
Vol. 15: Ana Rojo: Step by Step - A Course in Contrastive Lingustics and Translation. 2009. ISBN 978-3-03911-325-5
Vol. 16: Jinan Fedhil Al-Hajaj and Graeme Davis (eds): University of Basrah Studies in English. 2008. ISBN 978-3-03911-325-5
Vol. 17: Paolo Coluzzi: Minority Language Planning and Micronationalism in Italy. 2007. ISBN 978-3-03911-041-4
Vol. 18: Iwan Wmffre: Breton Orthographies and Dialects, volume 1. 2007. ISBN 978-3-03911-365-1
Vol. 19: Iwan Wmffre: Breton Orthographies and Dialects, volume 2. 2007. ISBN 978-3-03911-365-1
Vol. 20: Fanny Forsberg: Le Langague Préfabriqué: Formes, fonctions et fréquences en français parlé L2 et L1. 2008. ISBN 978-3-03911-369-9
Vol. 21: Kathy Pitt: Sourcing the Self: Debating the Relations between Language and Consciousness. 2008. ISBN 978-3-03911-398-9
Vol. 22: Peiling Xing: Chinese Learners and the Lexis Learning Rainbow. 2009. ISBN 978-3-03911-407-8
Vol. 23: Yufang Qian: Discursive Constructions around Terrorism in the People's Daily (China) and The Sun (UK) Before and After 9.11: A Corpus-based contrastive critical discourse analysis. 2010. ISBN 078-3-0343-0186-2
Vol. 24: Ian Walkinshaw: Learning Politeness: Disagreement in a Second Language. 2008. ISBN 978-3-03911-527-3
Vol. 25: Stephen Bax: Researching Intertextual Reading. 2013. ISBN 978-3-0343-0769-7
Vol. 26: Shahela Hamid: Language Use and Identity. 2011. ISBN 978-3-03911-559-4
Vol. 27: Magdalena Karolak: The Past Tense in Polish and French - A Semantic Approach to Translation. 2013. ISBN 978-3-0343-0968-4
Vol. 28: Iwan Wmffre: Dynamic Linguistics- Labov, Martinet, Jakobson and Other Precursors of the Dynamic Approach to Language Description. 2013. ISBN 978-3-0343-1705-4
Vol. 29: Razaul Karim Faquire: Modality and its Learner Variety in Japanese. 2012. ISBN 978-3-0343-0103-9
Vol. 30: Francisca Suau-Jimenez and Barry Pennock-Smith (eds): Interdisciplinarity and Languages: Current Issues in Research, Teaching, Professional Applications and ICT. 2011. ISBN 978-3-0343-0283-8
Vol. 31: Ahmad Al-Issa and Laila S Dahan (eds): Global English and Arabic: Issues of Language, Culture and Identity. 2011. ISBN 978-3-0343-0293-7
Vol. 32: Xosé Rosales Sequeiros: Linguistic Meaning and Non-Truth-Conditionality. 2012. ISBN 978-3-0343-0705-5
Vol. 33: forthcoming
Vol. 34: Christopher Beedham, Warwick Danks and Ether Soselia (eds), Rules and Exceptions: Using Exceptions for Empirical Research in Theoretical Linguistics. 2014. ISBN 978-3-034-30782-6.
Vol. 35: Bettina Beinhoff: Perceiving Identity Through Accent, Attitudes towards Non-native Speakers and their Accents in English. 2013. ISBN 978-3-0343-0819-9
Studies in Historical Linguistics
edited Graeme Davis, Karl Bernhardt and Mark Garner
Vol 1: Graeme Davis: Comparative Syntax of Old English and Old Icelandic: Linguistic, Literary and Historical Implications, 2006, ISBN 9-783039-102709
Vol 2: Graeme Davis: Dictionary of Surrey English, 2007, ISBN 9-78039-110810
Vol 3: Kim Schulte: Prepositional Infinitives in Romance: A Usage-Based Approach to Syntactic Change, 2007, ISBN 9-783039-113279
Vols 4-5: Forthcoming.
Vol 6: Cynthia Lloyd: Semantics and Word Formation. The Semantic Development of Five French Suffixes in Middle English, 2010, ISBN 9-783039-119103
Vol 7: Tomonori Matsushita, A V C Schmidt & David Wallace (eds): From Beowulf to Caxton, 2011, ISBN 978-3-0343-010-6
Vol 8: Tadao Shimomiya: Alliteration in the Poetic Edda, 2011, ISBN 978-3-0343-0151-0
Vol 9: Nils Langer, Steffan Davies, Wim Vandenbussche: Language and History, Linguistics and Historiography, 2011, ISBN 978-3-0343-0761-1
20 April 2006
03 March 2006
Study of the syntax of Old English and Old Icelandic has for long been dominated by the impressions of early philologists. Their assertions that these languages were "free" in their word-order were for many years unchallenged. Only within the last two decades has it been demonstrated that the word-order of each shows regular patterns which approach the status of rules, and which may be precisely described. This book takes the subject one step further by offering a comparison of the syntax of Old English and Old Icelandic, the two best-preserved Old Germanic Languages. Overwhelmingly the two languages show the same word-order patterns - as do the other Old Germanic languages, at least as far as can be determined from the fragments which have survived. It has long been recognised that Old English and Old Icelandic have a high proportion of common lexis and very similar morphology, yet the convention has been to emphasise the differences between the two as representatives respectively of the West and North sub-families of Germanic. The argument of this book is that the similar word-order of the two should instead lead us to stress the similarities between the two languages. Old English and Old Iceland were sufficiently close to be mutually comprehensible. This thesis receives copious support from historical and literary texts. Our understanding of the Old Germanic world should be modified by the concept of a common "Northern Speech" which provided a common Germanic ethnic identity and a platform for the free flow of cultural ideas.
This project was supported by a British Academy Research Grant.