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It's Been Said Before

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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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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: Vernacular Palaver
Subtitle: Imaginations of the Local and Non-native Languages in West Africa
Written By: Moradewun Adejunmobi
Series Title: Languages for Intercultural Communication and Education

Vernacular Palaver highlights the continuing appeal of local identities for participants in social networks where communication occurs in languages that are not mother tongues. Using examples from video film, popular literature, religious activity and educational practice in West Africa, it demonstrates the importance of notions of localness and locality for speakers of non-native languages, despite the growing prominence of global languages in their lives.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1853597732
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 240
Prices: U.S. $ 99.95
U.K. £ 59.95

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1853597724
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 240
Prices: U.K. £ 24.95
U.S. $ 44.95