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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: English - One Tongue, Many Voices
Written By: Jan Svartvik
Geoffrey N. Leech

This readable yet scholarly book tells the fascinating story of the English
language in three ways. It traces the history of the language from its
obscure beginnings over 1500 years ago. It shows the geographical spread of
the language in its increasing diversity. It looks at the present state of
English as a global language and problems and uncertainties of its future.
It argues that, in spite of the amazing variety and plurality of English,
it remains a single language.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
History of Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1403918295
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 304
Prices: U.K. £ 55.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1403918309
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 304
Prices: U.K. £ 16.99