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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: An Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles
Written By: John Holm
Series Title: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

This textbook is a clear and concise introduction to the study of how new
languages come into being. Starting with an overview of the field's basic
concepts, it surveys the new languages that developed as a result of the
European expansion to the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Long
misunderstood as "bad" versions of European languages, today such varieties
as Jamaican Creole English, Haitian Creole French and New Guinea Pidgin are
recognized as distinct languages in their own right. "This book is well
written, clear, and accessible to students with a minimum of linguistics
background, and in all it covers well what it sets out to discuss." Studies
in Second Language Acquisition "Holm has worked on these languages for the
best part of three decades, and this is apparent in the width and scope of
his research." Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Creole English, Jamaican
Tok Pisin
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521584604
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 304
Prices: U.K. £ 45.00
U.S. $ 75.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521585813
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 304
Prices: U.S. $ 27.00
U.K. £ 16.95