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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: Early Modern English Dialogues
Subtitle: Spoken Interaction as Writing
Written By: Jonathan Culpeper
Merja Kytö

Language is largely comprised of face-to-face spoken interaction; however,
the method, description and theory of traditional historical accounts of
English have been largely based on scholarly and literary writings. Using
the Corpus of English Dialogues 1560–1760, Culpeper and Kytö offer a unique
account of the linguistic features in several speech-related written
genres, comprising trial proceedings, witness depositions, plays, fiction
and didactic works. The volume is the first to provide innovative analyses
of several neglected written genres, demonstrating how they might be
researched, and highlighting the theories which are needed to underpin this
research. Through this, the authors are able to create a fascinating
insight into what spoken interaction in Early Modern English might have
been like, providing an alternative perspective to that often presented in
traditional historical accounts of English.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521835410
ISBN-13: 9780521835411
Prices: U.S. $ 110.00
U.K. £ 65.00