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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: The Bilingual Child
Subtitle: Early Development and Language Contact
Written By: Virginia Yip
Stephen Matthews
Series Title: Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact

How does a child become bilingual? The answer to this intriguing question
remains largely a mystery, not least because it has been far less
extensively researched than the process of mastering a first language.
Drawing on new studies of children exposed to two languages from birth
(English and Cantonese), this book demonstrates how childhood bilingualism
develops naturally in response to the two languages in the children's
environment. While each bilingual child's profile is unique, the children
studied are shown to develop quite differently from monolingual children.
The authors demonstrate significant interactions between the children's
developing grammars, as well as the important role played by language
dominance in their bilingual development. Based on original research and
using findings from the largest available multimedia bilingual corpus, the
book will be welcomed by students and scholars working in child language
acquisition, bilingualism and language contact.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521836174
ISBN-13: 9780521836173
Pages: 320
Prices: U.S. $ 85.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521544769
ISBN-13: 9780521544764
Pages: 320
Prices: U.S. $ 29.99