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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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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: Language Revolution
Written By: David Crystal

We are living through the consequences of a linguistic revolution. Dramatic
linguistic change has left us at the beginning of a new era in the
evolution of human language, with repercussions for many individual languages.

In this book, David Crystal, one of the world's authorities on language,
brings together for the first time the three major trends which he argues
have fundamentally altered the world's linguistic ecology: first, the
emergence of English as the world's first truly global language; second,
the crisis facing huge numbers of languages which are currently endangered
or dying; and, third, the radical effect on language of the arrival of
Internet technology.

Examining the interrelationships between these topics, Crystal encounters a
vision of a linguistic future which is radically different from what has
existed in the past, and which will make us revise many cherished concepts
relating to the way we think about and work with languages. Everyone is
affected by this linguistic revolution.

The Language Revolution will be essential reading for anyone interested in
language and communication in the twenty-first century.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0745633129
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 152
Prices: U.S. $ 59.95

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0745633137
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 152
Prices: U.S. $ 19.95