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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: Language and Identity
Subtitle: An introduction
Written By: John Edwards

The language we use forms an important part of our sense of who we are – of
our identity. This book outlines the relationship between our identity as
members of groups – ethnic, national, religious and gender – and the
language varieties important to each group. What is a language? What is a
dialect? Are there such things as language 'rights'? Must every national
group have its own unique language? How have languages, large and small,
been used to spread religious ideas? Why have particular religious and
linguistic 'markers' been so central, singly or in combination, to the ways
in which we think about ourselves and others? Using a rich variety of
examples, the book highlights the linkages among languages, dialects and
identities, with special attention given to religious, ethnic and national

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9780511630323
Prices: U.S. $ 30.00
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521696029
Pages: 322
Prices: U.S. $ 36.99

Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780521873819
Pages: 328
Prices: U.S. $ 99.00