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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: Prosody in Conversation Interactional Studies
Edited By: Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen
Margret Selting
Series Title: Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics, 12

The essays in this volume are all original contributions dealing in one way
or another with the analysis of prosody - primarily intonation and rhythm -
and the role it plays in everyday conversation. They take as their
methodological starting point the contention that the study of prosody must
begin with genuine interactional rather than pre fabricated laboratory
data. Through close empirical analysis of recorded material from genuine
English, German, and Italian conversations, the prosody emerges here as a
strategy deployed by interactants in the management of turn-taking and
floor-holding; in the negotiation of conversational activities such as
repair, assessments, announcements, reproaches, and news receipts; and in
the keying of the tone or modality of interactional sequences.

"This is a compelling, innovative, and outstandingly well-edited
collection; it deserves to be read not only by those interested in all
aspects of prosody, but also by those studying conversation...and other
forms of language use in interaction." Paul Drew, Language in Society

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521024102
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 483
Prices: U.K. £ 38.00
U.S. $ 65.00