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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 Idea of Writing
Subtitle: Writing Across Borders
Edited By: Alex de Voogt
Joachim Friedrich Quack

The Idea of Writing is an exploration of the versatility of writing systems. This
volume, the second in a series, is specifically concerned with the problems and
possibilities of adapting a writing system to another language. Writing is studied
as it is used across linguistic and cultural borders from ancient Egyptian,
Cuneiform and Korean writing to Japanese, Kharosthi and Near Eastern scripts.
This collection of articles aims to highlight the complexity of writing systems
rather than to provide a first introduction. The different academic traditions in
which these writing systems have been studied use linguistic, socio-historical
and philological approaches that give complementary insights of the complex

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Writing Systems
Language Family(ies): Afroasiatic
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789004215450
Pages: 264
Prices: Europe EURO 99
U.S. $ 135