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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: Motives for Language Change
Edited By: Raymond Hickey

Note: This is a new version of a previously announced book.

This specially commissioned volume considers the processes involved in
language change and the issues of how they can be modelled and studied. The
way languages change offers an insight into the nature of language itself,
its internal organisation, and how it is acquired and used. Accordingly,
the phenomenon of language change has been approached from a variety of
perspectives by linguists of many different orientations. This book,
originally published in 2003, brings together an international team of
leading figures from different areas of linguistics to re-examine some of
the central issues in this field and also to discuss new proposals. The
volume is arranged into sections, including grammaticalisation, the
typological perspective, the social context of language change and
contact-based explanations. It seeks to cover the subject as a whole,
bearing in mind its relevance for the general analysis of language, and
will appeal to a broad international readership.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521135245
Prices: U.K. £ 16.99
U.S. $ 29.99