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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: English As a Global Language
Written By: David Crystal

David Crystal, world authority on the English language, has written a timely and informative account of the phenomenon of English as a global language. It includes a historical summary of the global facts and figures, of the current spread and status of English as a first or second language internationally; and an informed assessment of the future of English. The book answers three basic questions: What makes a world language? Why is English the leading candidate? and why it will continue to hold that position. It steers even-handedly through the minefield of political debate about the cultural hegemony of English, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in language issues, whatever their political views on the subject.

Publication Year: 1997
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 052159247X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 160pp
Prices: $19.95