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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 English
Subtitle: A Sociolinguistic Approach
Written By: Barbara Fennell
Series Title: Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics

A History of English provides an intelligent and accessible synthesis of modern sociolinguistic approaches to the development of the English language.

Beginning with the pre-history of English, each chapter provides sociohistorical context, an overview of the major structural changes at each stage of the language and discussion of topics of particular sociolinguistic interest. Textual examples are given from a number of genres of writing including classical literature, letters, prose writings, modern popular literature and software documentation. The volume concludes with a discussion of the future of English language.

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
Language Family(ies): New English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0631200738
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 304
Prices: U.K. £ 18.99

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 063120072X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 304
Prices: U.S. $ 72.95
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0631200738
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 304
Prices: U.S. $ 33.95