` I am suitably diminished , ' he mocked with a grin . ` I had never realised what a deeply uninteresting person I was . ' Now they were at the elegant pavement café beside the library . The tantalising aroma of fresh coffee wafted towards them , over the buzz of voices and laughter . Her feet ached , her mouth was parched . Hesitating , she said lightly , ` I think I 'll stop off here . I 've been promising myself a drink for the last couple of hours(a)' ` Do you mind if I join you ? ' The request sounded impeccably polite , but tinged with dry sarcasm . ` No , of course not … ' They sat down beneath the shade of an umbrella , and looked at each other across the table . Roman 's slow smile was infinitely sardonic . She was grateful for the small privacy of her sunglasses .
bncdoc.id H85 David Lee's classification W_fict_prose bncdoc.author Butler, Gwendoline bncdoc.date 1991 bncdoc.title Coffin underground. bncdoc.info Coffin underground. Sample containing about 43705 words from a book (domain: imaginative) Text availability Worldwide rights cleared Publication date 1985-1993 Text type Written books and periodicals
She dropped the dear , she had made a mistake there , he was not the sort you called dear . She knew how to adapt her manner . She was studying 185 anthropology , and was the first member of her family to enter higher education . Coffin sat eating and reading . He could hear snatches of conversation from across the room . They seemed to be talking about a pop star called Sid Vicious . In the newspaper the headlines were still speculating about a General Election and Mr Callaghan was once again(r) promising to make an early statement . The Election had been on and off for weeks now . He knew where his vote would go , expected no good to come of it and was n't worried . He had long since gone dead on politicians . He turned the pages . Films , theatre . A play about Elvis Presley had opened , and Sleuth was still running . And yes , here was a preview of Stella Pinero 's new play .
bncdoc.id HA5 David Lee's classification W_fict_prose bncdoc.author Wells, Angela bncdoc.date 1993 bncdoc.title Viking magic. bncdoc.info Viking magic. Sample containing about 55373 words from a book (domain: imaginative) Text availability Worldwide rights cleared Publication date 1985-1993 Text type Written books and periodicals
As Rune 's hard , caressing hands slid up and down her body , Gina automatically raised her arms around his neck , her fingers reaching for his hair , winding through its golden thickness , oblivious to everything save the heavy clamouring of her heart , the new-found responses of her senses to Rune 's compelling masculine power . If he 'd picked her up and laid her on the bed and taken her with all the passion and strength his virile body was promising her at that moment (a), she would n't have raised a finger to stop him , so when he swung her around in his arms and deposited her nearer to the bathroom door before removing his arms from her she was left gasping with surprise and a sinking feeling of disappointment mixed with humiliation which shook her with its intensity . ` There are several things you should know about me , min kaere Gina , ' he told her softly .
bncdoc.id HTU David Lee's classification W_fict_prose bncdoc.author Rankin, Robert bncdoc.date 1993 bncdoc.title The suburban book of the dead. bncdoc.info The suburban book of the dead. Sample containing about 48045 words from a book (domain: imaginative) Text availability Ownership has not been claimed Publication date 1985-1993 Text type Written books and periodicals
Do n't knock it about . ' High upon another roof-top , not so far distant , stood a tall dramatic-looking figure robed in black . He studied the dirigibles through a pair of those really amazing computerized binoculars that you see in movies . The ones with infra-red night-sights , little flashing digital displays , electric zooms and whatnots . The ones that you waste your time describing to the blank-faced school-leaver behind the counter in Tandys . The ones that a friend of mine who was once in the TA has been promising to get me for three years (a) now . ` Just as I suspected . ' The man in black lowered his binoculars to reveal that he was none other than the Anti-Rex himself . ` Big black crates arriving . If I 'm not very much mistaken , they would be for packing up the Presley hoard in . ' He was very much mistaken , of course . But at least he was out of his top-secret room and getting a bit of fresh air for a change .
bncdoc.id KBX David Lee's classification S_conv bncdoc.authorbncdoc.datebncdoc.titlebncdoc.info 11 conversations recorded by `Donald2' (PS1DW) between 17 and 10 January 1992 with 6 interlocutors, totalling 1967 s-units, 28273 words (duration not recorded). Text availability Worldwide rights cleared Publication date 1985-1993 Text typeSpoken demographic
Oh yes , that 's probably what it is , I 'm sure it is , because when we were young , do Winters were much more bitter were n't they ? Yeah Prolonged as well Yes I do n't like the cold snaps but they have n't been for long have they ? No no I , if we do have any er severe snow again or ice Yeah I 'm thinking of buying myself some ice skates , I 've been (tense) promising myself those , just , you know over the last few years when we have had a , just a bit , mind you there was one year about six years ago were n't it , where we were You ought to be very careful with living on your own Don you could break an ankle and you 'd be in real serious trouble Yeah dangerous sport that is , that and skiing No well no , ice skating
bncdoc.id KBG David Lee's classification S_conv bncdoc.authorbncdoc.datebncdoc.titlebncdoc.info 10 conversations recorded by `Carl' (PS051) between 21 and 27 February 1992 with 9 interlocutors, totalling 4559 s-units, 28812 words, and 3 hours 30 minutes 23 seconds of recordings. Text availability Worldwide rights cleared Publication date 1985-1993 Text type Spoken demographic
Yeah Do you know that , that little girl ? From Wilby School you mean ? Yes . Are we in Stradbroke ? No . Not yet . No not yet . We 're still in Wilby . just come out Mm . It 's spread out really . Elongated . Yeah . Linear I think is the geographical expression . Sorry ? Linear Linear , yeah . Follows the road . I would n't mind having a day in Norwich maybe this summer . Yeah we 've been pr promising that for the last I know , for the last year (a) we 've been saying we 'll go to Norwich Two years . for the day . I 'd like to go on and lo dad went to look at the cathedral .
bncdoc.id KD6 David Lee's classification S_conv bncdoc.authorbncdoc.datebncdoc.titlebncdoc.info 19 conversations recorded by `Martin' (PS0KN) between 11 and 16 January 1992 with 8 interlocutors, totalling 4721 s-units, 39227 words (duration not recorded). Text availability Worldwide rights cleared Publication date 1985-1993 Text type Spoken demographic
these frozen meals Geoff that 's what they says Domino that looks nice , I might make that tomorrow what I had ? no that 's what you had oh no it wouldn't 've been er with spin with spinach and ricotta cheese , what 's it like Geoff was it nice ? do you want me to make lasagne tomorrow ? yes yes you 've been promisingfor weeks (a) well I 've got the mince out so you 're alright I 'll do it then oh I do n't like the Darling Buds of May at all no is I like er back , he 's coming back that 's coming back an all , oh yes they were all police things more or less oh God no they 're good P D James I like him P D James is a woman though is n't it ? yeah mum ? quite , do n't keep on what 's on the news ?
Coercion in context
bncdoc.id A46 David Lee's classification W_newsp_brdsht_nat_report bncdoc.authorbncdoc.date 1989-19-19 bncdoc.title Independent, electronic edition of 1989-10-10: Foreign news pages. bncdoc.info Independent, electronic edition of 1989-10-10: Foreign news pages. Sample containing about 12823 words from a periodical (domain: world affairs) Text availability Worldwide rights cleared Publication date 1985-1993 Text type Written books and periodicals
The boiler suit is back . The colours to watch : revolutionary red , proletarian blue and grey . In keeping with its drive to restore socialist purity and combat ` counter-revolution ' , China yesterday(a) unveiled a ` new socialist look ' for the next spring and summer season . According to Zhu Bingchen , director of the China Garment Research and Design Centre , ` four types of garments will be trendy ' . Inspired by their octogenarian leaders ' nostalgia , fashion designers are promising a return to the austere clothing of the 1950s , now hailed as the high-water mark of the revolutionary tradition of ` bitter struggle and hard living ' . Such garments , Mr Zhu insists , will recall this golden age of Chinese socialism when people ` worked hard and were always in high spirits ' .
bncdoc.id CK1 David Lee's classification W_ac_humanities_arts bncdoc.author Vesey, Godfrey bncdoc.date 1991 bncdoc.title Inner and outer: essays on a philosophical myth. bncdoc.info Inner and outer. Sample containing about 42431 words from a book (domain: belief and thought) Text availability Worldwide rights cleared Publication date 1985-1993 Text type Written books and periodicals
But if , in saying ` I meant ' (a), one is not saying something about something one did at the time of saying , ` Come here ' or ` Go to the bank ' , what is one saying ? Compare : ` But if , in saying ` I promise … ` , one is not saying that one is promising , what is one saying ? ' Both questions are symptomatic of a reluctance to accept a linguistic practice for what it is . You may gather from my behaviour that I meant you , not Jones . In saying ` I meant you , not Jones ' , I am not saying what I gather from my behaviour ( though if what I say and what my behaviour seems to show seem to conflict , you will be justified in saying you do not understand me [ 67 , 136 ] ) .
bncdoc.id CLA David Lee's classification W_non_ac_tech_engin bncdoc.authorbncdoc.datebncdoc.title Computergram international. bncdoc.info Computergram international. Sample containing about 9131 words from a periodical (domain: applied science) Text availability Ownership has not been claimed Publication date 1985-1993 Text type Written books and periodicals
It 's planning to sponsor the three-day Unix Perspectives : The Conference for Enterprise Solutions in the first week of November . It has been in the pipeline for a while , and Unix Labs now hopes to embrace the Common Open Software Environment 's planned developers ' conference . In a letter sent out the last few weeks (t) over the signature of Unix Labs president Roel Pieper , who also sits on the UniForum board , Unix Labs is promising ` no other industry event will attract such a prominent collection of information system executives , developers , end users , industry analysts and key members of trade media . ' The show has an extensive national advertising campaign and 500,000-piece direct-mail shot . Possible venues include Dallas . The big Comdex show in Las Vegas is two weeks later .
bncdoc.id HLG David Lee's classification W_non_ac_polit_law_edu bncdoc.authorbncdoc.date 1992 bncdoc.title Keesings Contemporary Archives. bncdoc.info Keesings Contemporary Archives. Sample containing about 63859 words from a periodical (domain: world affairs) Text availability Ownership has not been claimed Publication date 1985-1993 Text type Written books and periodicals
Privatization developments The privatization of the state-owned economy took a further step on Feb. 17 (a) with the start of the preliminary or " zero " round , under which investors were allowed to start placing their vouchers in any of the 437 officially sanctioned investment funds [ for details of privatization programme see pp. 38584-85 ; 38734 ] . Many funds were promising substantial returns , in some cases up 10 times the invested value within a year , and for this reason the number of citizens choosing to place their investments with them exceeding predictions . Opinion polls suggested that about a third of the 8,400,000 people who had been issued vouchers intended to place them with funds set up by banks or private financial groups . The deadline for registration , which had been extended in January , expired on Feb. 29 . The first round of privatization was due to start in late March .
bncdoc.id AE0 David Lee's classification W_fict_prose bncdoc.author Thomas, D M bncdoc.date 1990 bncdoc.title Lying together. bncdoc.info Lying together. Sample containing about 41886 words from a book (domain: imaginative) Text availability Worldwide rights cleared Publication date 1985-1993 Text type Written books and periodicals
Sergei was saying mostly Da and Nyet , with long intervals in between . Nodding towards the bathroom , Surkov said very softly , ` It 's a disaster . ' ` She 's doing her best . Her fall has shaken her . ' ` Okay , but most of this is just memorised stuff . There 's almost nothing original . ' I was about to respond that she 'd added quite a lot to the letters , but Masha came out of the bathroom(a) . Sergei was promising to ring Sonia tomorrow . When he put the phone down he said to us , ` She has stomach pains , she ca n't sleep . Ever since we married there 's been something wrong with her . ' ` How did she get put through to my room ? ' asked Masha . ` I guess they transferred the call . ' He looked ashen -- even more than usual . Masha said , ` You should have called her to let her know you 'd arrived safely . '
bncdoc.id CD6 David Lee's classification W_pop_lore bncdoc.authorbncdoc.date 1992-19-19 bncdoc.title The Face. bncdoc.info The Face. Sample containing about 36309 words from a periodical (domain: arts) Text availability Worldwide rights cleared Publication date 1985-1993 Text type Written books and periodicals
` Yeah , those First Division ones are almost as poxy as the Premier League ones on Sky . ' I pondered on the Italian touch Id experienced early that Sunday afternoon , and reflected on why the rest of the weekend had just fizzled out into one empty blank . The first person to dent my euphoria had been Brian Moore , ITV 's match commentator for West Ham versus some town up North , later that same afternoon (a). The half-time score was nil-nil -- yet there was our Brian promising us that the second half would be better ! How did he know that the second half would be better ? It was a live game , for God 's sake ! If he had told me that the first half was going to be crap , I would n't have bothered to watch it in the first place . And now , Brian , you expect us to trust in your psychic powers concerning the entertainment level of a second half that had n't even started .
Change of meaning
bncdoc.id KE2 David Lee's classification S_conv bncdoc.authorbncdoc.datebncdoc.titlebncdoc.info 153 conversations recorded by `Terence' (PS0W2) between 20 and 27 February 1992 with 10 interlocutors, totalling 10080 s-units, 77961 words, and over 12 hours 49 minutes 22 seconds of recordings. Text availability Worldwide rights cleared Publication date 1985-1993 Text type Spoken demographic
I know I have n't So am I , I 'm going to have a , oh have a , an orange and a lemonade that 's right , that 's what I 'll have well you must n't forget to have a wee before you go out That 's right I do n't know who that woman is ? Those were the , oh yes got one of those right I 'll have these then and this , if you want the sugar Kay was saying that they 're promising heavy storms and erm gales Oh they are yes , for tomorrow or tonight Yeah but erm Cranks at Dartington Oh he 's talking about that is he ? Yes , that 's why I called you in for Oh I did n't hear you call me Cranks at Dartington is going , they 're going to keep it open while they try and find a buyer for it Oh er , mm the Cranks who have got six other outlets , erm have gone into , what do they call it , miners , administrative liquidation