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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: Revisiting CEWIGs: A reflection on the usage of collocations of 'English' with 'world', 'international' and 'global'
Author: Matthew Watterson
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: As regular readers of English Today would probably be aware, in the early years of the 21st Century, when applied linguists discuss the world-wide significance of the most widely learned and used language, it is not always enough to simply refer to it as 'English' or 'the English language'. On the contrary, it has become almost de rigueur to collocate the word 'English' with 'world', 'international' or 'global'. Thus, we have the six commonly used expressions set out in Table 1. At the risk of adding further to the crowded landscape of abbreviations in applied linguistics, I will refer to these as 'CEWIGs' (Collocations of 'English' with 'world', 'international' and 'global').


This article appears IN English Today Vol. 27, Issue 1.

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