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It's Been Said Before

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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Standards and Variation in Urban Speech
Written By: Ronald K. S. Macaulay
Series Title: Varieties of English Around the World, 20

Standards and Variation in Urban Speech is an examination and exploration of the aims and methods of sociolinguistic investigation, based on studies of Scottish urban speech. It criticially examines the implications of the notions 'vernacular', 'standard language', 'Received Pronunciation', 'social class', and 'linguistic insecurity'. Through a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods using examples from comedians' jokes, dialect poetry, formal and informal interviews, and personal narratives, the work illustrates the actual norms that speakers exemplify in various ways.

Publication Year: 1997
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Scottish, Traveller
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1556197179
ISBN-13: 9781556197178
Pages: 201
Prices: U.S. $ 142
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027248788
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 201
Prices: Hfl. 120