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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: All About Language
Subtitle: A Guide
Written By: Barry J. Blake

In clear, congenial style Barry Blake explains how language works. He
describes the make-up for words and how they're built from sounds and signs
and put together in phrases and sentences. He examines the dynamics of
conversation and the relations between the sound and meaning. He shows how
languages help their users connect to each other and to the world, how they
vary around the world, why they never stop changing, and that no two people
speak a language in the same way. He looks at how language is acquired by
infant children, how it relates to thought, and its operations in the
brain. He investigates current trends and issues such as the leveling of
linguistic class differences and the rise of new secret or in-group
languages such as argot and teenspeak. He describes the history of writing
from its origins to digital diffusion, and ends by looking at how language
might have oriented and then evolved among our distant hominid and primate

Language is a crucial to every aspect of our lives whether we're thinking,
talking, or dreaming. Barry Blake reveals the wonders that lie beneath the
surface of everyday communication, enriching his exposition with a unique
blend of anecdote and humor. His engaging guide is for everyone curious
about language or who needs to know more about it.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199238391
ISBN-13: 9780199238392
Pages: 320
Prices: U.S. $ 110.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0199238405
ISBN-13: 9780199238408
Pages: 320
Prices: U.S. $ 29.95

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199238391
ISBN-13: 9780199238392
Pages: 336
Prices: U.K. £ 55.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0199238405
ISBN-13: 9780199238408
Pages: 336
Prices: U.K. £ 14.99