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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: Written Language and Literacy
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Description: Written Language and Literacy is concerned with two major aspects of written language: (a) the structures, histories, typologies, and functions of the writing systems (scripts) used by the languages of the world; and (b) literacy, i.e. the institutionalized use of written language, from the interdisciplinary viewpoints of linguistics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, education, literature, and book arts.

Written Language and Literacy focusses on: Typology of scripts; historical development of scripts; descriptive analysis of scripts; decipherment of ancient scripts; formal and functional relationships between scripts and spoken languages; semiotics of written language (as contrasted with speech); pragmatics of written language; invention of scripts; adaptation of scripts to new languages; orthographic design and reform; psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic aspects of the processes of writing, reading, and literacy; calligraphic and typographic adaptations of scripts; cultural, social, psychological, and political implications of scripts; related notational systems (numerical, mathematical, musical etc.); ethnolinguistic aspects of literacy (as contrasted with orality); sociolinguistics of literacy; cognitive models of script choice and of literacy; interaction between the literate and non-literate worlds; cross-cultural and cross-linguistic studies of literacy; the roles of written, printed, and computationally processed language with respect to spoken language and human life.

ISSN: 1387-6732
Linguistic Field(s): Typology
Writing Systems
Ling & Literature

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