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  1. Key textbooks are listed first.

    Then topic by topic, going through the term, divided into 'essential' (everyone must read) and 'supplemental' (please choose some to read for seminar, consult as many as possible if you're doing an essay or presentation on the topic).

    After all that, there is a lists of helpful background books: dictionaries of linguistic terms, how to study linguistics, etc.

    Finally, there are dictionaries of English.

    TIP: click on 'show' table of contents (above) to navigate this list.

  2. Key textbooks 6 items
    1. Lexical meaning - M. Lynne Murphy 2010

      Book Essential Because one of the tutors owns the copyright for this book, we've also made it available chapter-by-chapter on Study Direct. For details of print copy see entry below.

    2. Lexical meaning - Murphy, M. Lynne 2010

      Book Essential Because one of the tutors owns the copyright for this book, we've also made it available chapter-by-chapter on Study Direct.

    3. Corpus linguistics and the description of English (electronic resource) - Hans Lindquist 2009

      Book Essential For details of print copy see entry below.

  3. Introduction to lexicology 3 items
    1. Essential reading: Introduction to lexicology 1 item
      1. Words, meaning and vocabulary: an introduction to modern English lexicology - Jackson, Howard, Zé Amvela, Etienne 2007

        Book Essential Chapter 1

    2. Supplemental reading: Introduction to lexicology 2 items
      1. Lexical meaning - M. Lynne Murphy 2010

        Book  Chapter 1: The lexicon: some preliminaries

      2. Language and the lexicon: an introduction - Singleton, D. M. 2000

        Book Recommended See chapter 1 'Introduction: the lexicon - words and more'.

  4. Word classes (Parts of speech) 10 items
    1. Essential reading: word classes 1 item
    2. Supplemental reading: word classes 9 items
      Particularly relevant for M2 Adopt-a-Word topic
      1. Lexical meaning - M. Lynne Murphy 2010

        Book  Chapter 7: ontological categories and word classes

      2. John R. Taylor (ed.). 2015. The Oxford Handbook of the Word .

        Book Recommended See: chapter 10 'Word Categories' by Mark C Smith

      3. The Cambridge encyclopedia of the English language - David Crystal 2003

        Book Recommended Chapter 15

      4. Making new words: morphological derivation in English - Robert M. W. Dixon 2014

        Book Recommended

      5. Understanding English grammar: a linguistic approach - Wardhaugh, Ronald 2003

        Book Recommended Ch. 2

      6. Semantics: an introduction to non-lexical aspects of meaning - Bennett, Paul A. J. 2002

        Book Recommended Ch. 2, more advanced

      7. The Cambridge grammar of the English language - Huddleston, Rodney D., Pullum, Geoffrey K. 2002

        Book Recommended More advanced

      8. The semantics of grammar - Anna Wierzbicka 1988

        Book Recommended Chapter: What's in a noun? (Or: how do nouns differ in meaning from adjectives?). More advanced. Also available in print (see below).

      9. The semantics of grammar - Wierzbicka, Anna 1988

        Book Recommended Chapter: What's in a noun? (Or: how do nouns differ in meaning from adjectives?). More advanced

  5. Social aspects of meaning 11 items
    1. Essential reading: social aspects 3 items
      1. Words, meaning and vocabulary: an introduction to modern English lexicology - Jackson, Howard, Zé Amvela, Etienne 2007

        Book Essential Chapter 6

      2. Corpus linguistics and the description of English (electronic resource) - Hans Lindquist 2009

        Book Essential See chapter 8. For details of print copy see entry below.

      3. Corpus linguistics and the description of English - Lindquist, Hans 2009

        Book Essential Chapter 8

    2. Supplemental reading: social aspects 8 items
      Good for S2 assignments
      1. Language and the lexicon: an introduction - Singleton, D. M. 2000

        Book Essential See chapters 6 'Lexis, phonology and orthography' and 7 'Lexis and language variation'.

      2. Introducing sociolinguistics - Meyerhoff, Miriam c2006 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended For details of print copies see entry below

      3. Introducing sociolinguistics - Mesthrie, Rajend 2009

        Book Recommended

      4. An introduction to language and society - Montgomery, Martin 2008

        Book Recommended

      5. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics

        Journal Recommended "Uh and Um as sociolinguistic markers in British English", Tottie, Gunnel, v.16:2 pp 173-197

      6. An introduction to sociolinguistics - Wardhaugh, Ronald 2005

        Book Recommended

      7. Sociolinguistics and corpus linguistics - Paul Baker c2010

        Book Recommended

  6. Corpus linguistics 7 items
    1. Essential reading: corpus linguistics 2 items
      1. Corpus linguistics and the description of English (electronic resource) - Hans Lindquist 2009

        Book Essential See chapters 1, 3, and 4. For details of print copy see entry below.

      2. Corpus linguistics and the description of English - Lindquist, Hans 2009

        Book Essential Chapter 1, 3 and 4

    2. Supplementary corpus reading 5 items
      (helpful for any assignment using corpora)
      1. A glossary of corpus linguistics - Paul Baker, Andrew Hardie, Tony McEnery 2006

        Book Recommended

      2. Corpus-based language studies: an advanced resource book - Tony McEnery, Richard Xiao, Yukio Tono 2006

        Book Recommended

  7. Prescriptivism 11 items
    1. Essential reading: Prescriptivism 1 item
    2. Supplemental reading: Prescriptivism 10 items
      Helpful for S1 assignment
      1. Language change: progress or decay? - Aitchison, Jean 2013

        Book Recommended

      2. Language change - Adrian Beard 2004

        Book Recommended Unit 5: Attitudes to language change. Also available in print (see below).

      3. Language change - Beard, Adrian 2004

        Book Recommended Unit 5: Attitudes to language change

      4. Standard English: the widening debate 1999

        Book Recommended Also available in print (see below).

      5. Standard English: the widening debate - Bex, Tony, Watts, Richard J. 1999

        Book Recommended

      6. Verbal hygiene - Cameron, Deborah c1995

        Book Recommended eBook also available

      7. The state of the language - Ricks, Christopher B., Michaels, Leonard, English-Speaking Union of the United States 1990

        Book Recommended Nunberg, G. What the usage panel thinks. (pp 467-482). DIGITISED extract. Licensed for use by students registered on this course.

      8. John R. Taylor (ed.). 2015. The Oxford Handbook of the Word .

        Book Optional If you're working on a 'taboo' word, see chapter 14 by Kate Burridge

  8. Etymology and language change 13 items
    1. Essential reading: language change 3 items
      1. Words, meaning and vocabulary: an introduction to modern English lexicology - Jackson, Howard, Zé Amvela, Etienne 2007

        Book Essential Chapter 2 and 4

      2. Corpus linguistics and the description of English (electronic resource) - Hans Lindquist 2009

        Book Essential See chapter 9. For details of print copy see entry below.

      3. Corpus linguistics and the description of English - Lindquist, Hans 2009

        Book Essential Chapter 9

    2. Supplemental readings: language change 10 items
      1. John R. Taylor (ed.). 2015. The Oxford Handbook of the Word .

        Book Recommended See chapter 22 (Etymology) and chapter 23 (how words and vocabularies change)

      2. Language and the lexicon: an introduction - Singleton, D. M. 2000

        Book Essential Singleton, D. Lexical change. Chap 8 (pp 133-160). DIGITISED extract. Licensed for use by students registered on this course.

      3. Language change: progress or decay? - Aitchison, Jean 2013

        Book Recommended

      4. The Oxford guide to etymology - Durkin, Philip 2009

        Book Recommended

      5. Principles of historical linguistics - Hans Henrich Hock 1991

        Book Recommended Chapter 12

      6. A history of English words - Hughes, Geoffrey 2000

        Book Recommended

      7. English words: history and structure - Stockwell, Robert P., Minkova, Donka 2001

        Book Recommended

      8. Sense and Sense Development - Waldron, R. A. 1979

        Book Recommended Ch. 6-9

  9. Dictionaries and definitions 20 items
    1. Essential reading: dictionaries 3 items
      1. Word by word: the secret life of dictionaries - Kory Stamper 2017

        Book Essential See chapter 'Surfboard: on defining' pp. 94-124.

      2. Words, meaning and vocabulary: an introduction to modern English lexicology - Jackson, Howard, Zé Amvela, Etienne 2007

        Book Essential Chapter 8

      3. Dictionaries: the art and craft of lexicography - Landau, Sidney I. 2001

        Book Recommended Part of Chap 4 (pp 153-179). DIGITISED extract. Licensed for use by students registered on this course.

    2. Supplemental reading: dictionaries 17 items
      Helpful for D1 assignment
      1. Lexicography: Overview - Patrick Hanks 2006

        Chapter Recommended See: pp.113-128. DIGITISED extract. Licensed for use by students registered on this course.

      2. Words and their meaning - Howard Jackson 1988

        Book Recommended Chapter 3 and 8 onwards

      3. Language and the lexicon: an introduction - Singleton, D. M. 2000

        Book Recommended See chapter 10 'Charting and imparting the lexicon' in particular.

      4. Words and their meaning - Jackson, Howard 1988

        Book Recommended

      5. Corpus linguistics and the description of English (electronic resource) - Hans Lindquist 2009

        Book Recommended See chapter 3 (especially 3.2). For details of print copy see entry below.

      6. Corpus linguistics and the description of English - Lindquist, Hans c2009

        Book Recommended Ch 3 (especially 3.2)

      7. The Oxford guide to practical lexicography - Atkins, B. T. S., Rundell, Michael 2008

        Book Recommended More advanced

      8. Modern lexicography: an introduction - Béjoint, Henri 2000

        Book Recommended More advanced

      9. Lexicography: principles and practice - Hartmann, Reinhard Rudolf Karl 1983

        Book Recommended More advanced

      10. Dictionaries: the art and craft of lexicography - Landau, Sidney I. 2001

        Book Recommended More advanced

      11. A practical guide to lexicography: edited by Piet van Sterkenburg - Sterkenburg, P. G. J. van c2003

        Book Recommended More advanced

      12. Corpus Linguistics and Lexicography - W. Teubert 01/12/2001

        Article Recommended More advaqnced

      13. Manual of lexicography - Zgusta, L. 1971

        Book Recommended More advanced

      14. Lexicography: an introduction - Howard Jackson 2002

        Book Recommended Ebook

      15. Lexicography: an introduction - Howard Jackson 2002

        Book Recommended Print copy

      16. Practical lexicography: a reader - Thierry Fontenelle, ebrary, Inc 2008

        Book Recommended Ebook

      17. Practical lexicography: a reader - Thierry Fontenelle 2008

        Book Recommended Print copy

  10. What is a word? 13 items
    1. Essential reading: what is a word? 2 items
      1. Words, meaning and vocabulary: an introduction to modern English lexicology - Jackson, Howard, Zé Amvela, Etienne 2007

        Book Essential Chapter 3.1-3.2

      2. What is a word? - R L Trask 2004

        Article Essential

    2. Supplemental reading: what is a word? 11 items
      Helpful for M1 assignment
      1. Meaning in Language: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics - Cruse, Alan

        Book Recommended Chapter 5. Also available in print (see below).

      2. Language and the lexicon: an introduction - Singleton, D. M. 2000

        Book Recommended See section 1.3 'What's in a word?'.

      3. Words, meaning and vocabulary: an introduction to modern English lexicology - Jackson, Howard, Zé Amvela, Etienne 2007

        Book Recommended Ch. 3

      4. Words and their meaning - Jackson, Howard 1988

        Book Recommended Ch. 1

      5. English word-formation - Laurie Bauer 1983

        Book Recommended pp. 7-13. Also available in print.

      6. English word-formation - Bauer, Laurie 1983

        Book Recommended pp. 7-13

      7. English words: a linguistic introduction - Harley, Heidi 2006

        Book Recommended

      8. English words - Francis Katamba 1994

        Book Recommended Chapter 2. Also available in print (see below)

      9. English words: structure, history, usage - Katamba, Francis 2005

        Book Recommended Ch. 2

      10. Morphology - Matthews, P. H. 1991

        Book Recommended Ch. 2

  11. How many meanings? 16 items
    Polysemy and homonymy
    1. Essential reading: polysemy/homonymy 2 items
      1. Lexical meaning - M. Lynne Murphy 2010

        Book Essential Read chapter 5: Meaning variation up to end of section 5.3.

      2. Words, meaning and vocabulary: an introduction to modern English lexicology - Jackson, Howard, Zé Amvela, Etienne 2007

        Book Optional Chapter 3.3-3.6

    2. Supplemental reading: Polysemy and homonymy 14 items
      Helpful for P1 & P2 assignments
      1. Meaning in language: an introduction to semantics and pragmatics - Cruse, D. A. 2004

        Book Recommended Chapter 6 and 11 (on extentions of meaning)

      2. Corpus linguistics and the description of English (electronic resource) - Hans Lindquist 2009

        Book Recommended See mainly chapters 2-4. For details of print copy see entry below.

      3. Corpus linguistics and the description of English - Lindquist, Hans c2009

        Book Recommended Mainly ch. 2-4

      4. Cognitive linguistics: an introduction - Evans, Vyvyan, Green, Melanie C. c2006

        Book Recommended Ch. 10, more advanced

      5. The twitter machine: reflections on language - Smith, N. V. 1989

        Book Recommended Ch. 8 (Must and the randy pachyderm). DIGITISED extract. Licenced for use by students registered on this course.

      6. Polysemy: Theoretical and Computational Approaches - Ravin, Yael

        Book Recommended Especially the introduction and the chapters by Cruse and Fillmore/Atkins. Also available in print (see below).

      7. Polysemy: theoretical and computational approaches - Ravin, Yael, Leacock, Claudia 2001

        Book Recommended Especially the introduction and the chapters by Cruse and Fillmore/Atkins.

      8. Polysemy's paradoxes - John R Taylor 11/2003

        Article Recommended More advanced

      9. Cognitive linguistics (electronic resource)

        Journal Recommended See Volume 4, Issue 3, 1993: 'Vagueness's Puzzles, Polysemy's Vagaries', Geeraerts, D.

      10. Cognitive linguistics (electronic resource)

        Journal Recommended See Volume 4, Issue 3, 1993: 'Ambiguity, polysemy, and Vagueness', Tuggy, D.

      11. Vocabulary: applied linguistic perspectives - Ronald Carter 1998

        Book Recommended Ch. 6, more advanced. Also available in print (see below).

      12. Vocabulary: applied linguistic perspectives - Carter, Ronald 1998

        Book Recommended Ch. 6, more advanced

  12. Mental representation of meaning 16 items
    1. Essential reading: mental representation 2 items
      1. Words in the mind: an introduction to the mental lexicon - Aitchison, Jean 2003

        Book Essential Aitchison, J. Bad birds and better birds. Chap 5 (pp 53-65). DIGITISED extract. Licensed for use by students registered on this course.

      2. Lexical meaning - M. Lynne Murphy 2010

        Book Recommended Chapter 3: Components and prototypes

    2. Supplemental reading: mental representation 14 items
      Helpful for C1 assignment
      1. Meaning in Language: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics - Cruse, Alan

        Book Recommended Chapters 7 & 13. Also available in print (see below).

      2. Meaning in language: an introduction to semantics and pragmatics - Cruse, D. A. 2004

        Book Recommended Chapter 7 and 13

      3. An introduction to cognitive linguistics - Ungerer, Friedrich, Schmid, Hans-Jörg 2006

        Book Recommended For details of print copy see entry below.

      4. An introduction to cognitive linguistics - Friedrich Ungerer, Hans-Jörg Schmid 2006

        Book Recommended

      5. Semantics - Saeed, John I. 2008

        Book Recommended

      6. Understanding semantics - Löbner, Sebastian 2002

        Book Recommended

      7. Cognitive linguistics - William Croft, D. A. Cruse 2004

        Book Recommended Ch 4 More advanced. Also available in print (see below).

      8. Cognitive linguistics - Croft, William, Cruse, D. A. 2004

        Book Recommended Ch 4 More advanced

      9. Cognitive linguistics: an introduction - Evans, Vyvyan, Green, Melanie C. c2006

        Book Recommended Ch 8 More advanced

      10. Lexical analysis: norms and exploitations - Hanks, Patrick 2013

        Book Recommended Ch 4 More advanced

      11. Meanings and prototypes: studies in linguistic categorization - Tsohatzidis, S. L. 1990

        Book Recommended More advanced

      12. Cognitive representations of semantic categories. - E. Rosch 1975

        Article Recommended More advanced. One of Rosch's original papers.

      13. Linguistic categorization - Taylor, John R. 2003

        Book Recommended Ch 2-4 More advanced

  13. Metaphor and metonymy 21 items
    1. Essential reading: metaphor & metonymy 4 items
      1. An introduction to cognitive linguistics - Ungerer, Friedrich, Schmid, Hans-Jörg, MyiLibrary 2006 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential Conceptual metaphors and metonymies. See chapter 3 (pp 114-162). For details of print copy see entry below.

      2. An introduction to cognitive linguistics - Friedrich Ungerer, Hans-Jörg Schmid 2006

        Book Essential Conceptual metaphors and metonymies. See chapter 3 (pp 114-162).

      3. Corpus linguistics and the description of English (electronic resource) - Hans Lindquist 2009

        Book Essential See chapter 6. For details of print copy see entry below.

      4. Corpus linguistics and the description of English - Lindquist, Hans 2009

        Book Essential Chapter 6

    2. Supplemental reading: metaphor & metonymy 17 items
      1. Basic/survey sources: metaphor & metonymy 11 items
        Helpful for Z1 assignment
        1. Meaning in Language: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics - Cruse, Alan

          Book Recommended Chapter 11. Also available in print (see below).

        2. Cognitive linguistics: an introduction - Evans, Vyvyan, Green, Melanie C. c2006

          Book Recommended Ch. 9

        3. Corpus linguistics and the description of English (electronic resource) - Hans Lindquist 2009

          Book Recommended See chapter 6. For details of print copy see entry below.

        4. Corpus linguistics and the description of English - Lindquist, Hans c2009

          Book Recommended Ch. 6

        5. An introduction to cognitive linguistics - Ungerer, Friedrich, Schmid, Hans-Jörg 2006

          Book Recommended See chapter 3 (pp 114-162). For details of print copy see entry below.

        6. An introduction to cognitive linguistics - Friedrich Ungerer, Hans-Jörg Schmid 2006

          Book Recommended See chapter 3 (pp 114-162).

        7. The Cambridge handbook of metaphor and thought 2008

          Book Recommended Chapter: Deigman, A. Corpus linguistics and metaphor. Alternate ebook copy available on library search - for details of print copy see entry below.

        8. The Cambridge handbook of metaphor and thought - Gibbs, Raymond W. 2008

          Book Recommended Chapter: Deigman, A. Corpus lignuistics adn metaphor, 280-294.

        9. Handbook of psycholinguistics - Gernsbacher, Morton Ann 1994

          Book Recommended Ch. 12-13

        10. Linguistic categorization - Taylor, John R. 2003

          Book Recommended Ch. 7

      2. More advanced/original sources: metaphor 6 items
        Helpful for Z1 assignment
        1. Metaphors we live by - Lakoff, George, Johnson, Mark 1980

          Book Recommended

        2. The language of metaphors - Goatly, Andrew 1997

          Book Recommended

        3. Metaphor: a practical introduction - Kövecses, Zoltán, Csábi, Szilvia 2002

          Book Recommended

        4. Metaphor and thought - Ortony, Andrew 1993

          Book Recommended

  14. Meaning relations 24 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. Words, meaning and vocabulary: an introduction to modern English lexicology - Jackson, Howard, Zé Amvela, Etienne 2007

        Book Essential Chapter 5

      2. Lexical meaning - M. Lynne Murphy 2010

        Book Recommended Chapter 6: lexical and semantic relations

    2. Supplemental reading: meaning relations 11 items
      Helpful for E1 assignment
      1. Meaning in Language: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics - Cruse, Alan

        Book Recommended Chapters 8-10. Also available in print (see below).

      2. Corpus linguistics and the description of English (electronic resource) - Hans Lindquist 2009

        Book Recommended See chapter 4. For details of print copy see entry below.

      3. Corpus linguistics and the description of English - Lindquist, Hans 2009

        Book Recommended Ch 4

      4. Semantics - Palmer, F. R. 1981

        Book Recommended Ch 5

      5. Trends in Soviet theoretical linguistics - Kiefer, F. 1973

        Book Recommended Apresjan, J. D. 1973. Synoymy and synonyms, pp. 173-199. DIGITISED Extract. Digitised under S.36 of the CDPA Act 1988 for use by students registered on this course.

      6. Lexical semantics - Cruse, D. A. 1986

        Book Recommended Ch 12, More advanced

      7. Semantic relations and the lexicon: antonymy, synonymy, and other paradigms - Murphy, M. Lynne 2003

        Book Recommended Ch 4, more advanced

      8. Patterns and meanings: using corpora for English language research and teaching - Partington, Alan c1998

        Book Recommended Ch 2, more advanced

      9. Semantics: Volume 1 - Lyons, John 1977

        Book Recommended More advanced

      10. ICAME JOURNAL No. 27 2003

        Journal Recommended Kjellmer, G. 2003. Synonomy and corpus work: On almost and nearly. ICAME Journal, 27 19-28. [Contains link to PDF]

    3. Supplemental reading: lexical fields 5 items
      Helpful for F1 assignment
      1. Semantic relations and the lexicon: antonymy, synonymy, and other paradigms - Murphy, M. Lynne 2003

        Book Recommended Section 3.3.1, more advanced

      2. Semantics: Volume 1 - Lyons, John 1977

        Book Recommended Section 8.4, more advanced

      3. Semantic fields and lexical structure - Lehrer, A. 1974

        Book Recommended More advanced

      4. Lexical meaning - M. Lynne Murphy 2010

        Book Recommended See p. 125ff, more advanced. For details of print copy see entry below.

      5. Lexical meaning - Murphy, M. Lynne 2010

        Book Recommended See p. 125ff, more advanced.

    4. Supplemental resources for F2 assignment (WordNet) 6 items
      Use the readings on meaning relations (from the lecture/seminar - above) as a start.
      1. WordNet: an electronic lexical database - Fellbaum, Christiane 1998

        Book Recommended

  15. Cross-linguistic comparison 10 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. Understanding semantics - Löbner, Sebastian 2002

        Book Essential Chapter 8. pp. 153-170. DIGITISED extract. Licensed for use by students registered on this course.

    2. Supplemental reading for X1 assignment 3 items
      See resources for assignment F1 (Lehrer 1974 has cross-linguistic examples), plus dictionaries and other resources for both languages.
      1. Vocabulary: applied linguistic perspectives - Ronald Carter 1998

        Book Recommended Also available in print (see below).

      2. Vocabulary: applied linguistic perspectives - Carter, Ronald 1998

        Book Recommended

    3. Supplemental readings for assignment X2/E2 (Translational equivalence) 5 items
      1. Vocabulary: applied linguistic perspectives - Ronald Carter 1998

        Book Recommended Also available in print (see below).

      2. Vocabulary: applied linguistic perspectives - Carter, Ronald 1998

        Book Recommended

      3. Understanding semantics - Löbner, Sebastian 2002

        Book Recommended Ch 8. pp. 153-170. DIGITISED extract. Licensed for use by students registered on this course.

      4. A textbook of translation - Newmark, Peter 1988

        Book Recommended

      5. Meaning-based translation: a guide to cross-language equivalence - Mildred L. Larson c1998

        Book Recommended Ch. 9: Mismatching of lexical systems between langauges.

  16. Helpful background books 6 items
    1. How to study linguistics: a guide to understanding language - Finch, Geoffrey 2003

      Book Essential Finch, G. How to write a linguistic essay. Chap 7 (pp 219-226). DIGITISED extract. Licensed for use by students registered on this course.

    2. Language and linguistics: the key concepts - Trask, R. L., Trask, R. L., Stockwell, Peter 2007

      Book Recommended

    3. Language : the basics - Trask, R. L. 2004

      Book Recommended

    4. Key terms in semantics - Murphy, M. Lynne, Koskela, Anu 2010

      Book Recommended

  17. Dictionaries 9 items
    1. Oxford dictionary of English - Stevenson, Angus 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book Optional

    2. The Chambers dictionary. - Brookes, Ian. 2003

      Book Optional

    3. Collins COBUILD English language dictionary. - COBUILD., University of Birmingham. 1987

      Book Optional

    4. Oxford advanced learner's dictionary - Hornby, Albert Sydney. 2005

      Book Optional

    5. The lexicon: an introduction - Elisabetta Ježek 2015

      Book Optional

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