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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: The Linguistics, Neurology, and Politics of Phonics
Subtitle: Silent "e" Speaks Out
Written By: Steven L. Strauss

This book explores the driving forces behind the current
government-sponsored resurrection of phonics, and the arguments used to
justify it. It examines the roles played by three key factors--corporate
America, politicians, and state-supported reading researchers--in the
formulation of what Strauss terms the neophonics political program.

Offering up-to-date information and an original critique, this book makes
two important contributions. One is the policy analysis linking government
agencies, policymakers, and corporate interests. The second is the
neurological and linguistic treatment of why traditional phonics programs
are not the solution and why the rhetoric developed to support their
resurgence is so far off the mark. This volume is essential for
researchers, students, and teachers of literacy and reading, and for anyone
seeking to understand what is happening in U.S. public schools today.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 080584743X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 224
Prices: U.S. $ 69.95

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0805852441
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 224
Prices: U.S. $ 29.95