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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

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: A History of French Through Texts
Written By: Wendy Ayres-Bennett

This new history of French combines texts and extracts with a readable and detailed commentary enabling the language to be viewed both synchronically and diachronically. Core texts range from the ninth century to the present day and highlight central features of the language, while a range of shorter texts illustrate particular points. The inclusion of non-literary as well as literary texts serves to illustrate some of the many varieties of French from legal, scientific, epistolary, administrative or liturgical or more popular domains, including attempts to represent spoken usage. Forty short texts are presented and explored from a variety of angles, covering such areas as spelling, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

Publication Year: 1995
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): French
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0415099994
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 328
Prices: $69.95