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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: Language in Late Modernity
Subtitle: Interaction in an Urban School
Written By: Ben Rampton
Series Title: Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics, 22

The study of teenagers in the classroom, and how they interact with one
another and their teachers, can tell us a great deal about late-modern
(contemporary) society. In this revealing account, Ben Rampton presents the
extensive sociolinguistic research he carried out in an inner-city high
school. Through his vivid analysis of classroom talk, he offers answers to
some important contemporary questions: does social class still count for
young people, or is it in demise? Are traditional authority relationships
in schools being undermined? How is this affected by popular media culture?
His study, which provides numerous transcripts and three extensive case
studies, introduces a new way of perceiving established ideas in
sociolinguistics, such as identity, insecurity, the orderliness of
classroom talk, and the experience of learning at school. In doing so,
Rampton shows how work in sociolinguistics can contribute to some major
current debates in sociology, anthropology, cultural studies and education.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): German
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521812631
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 464
Prices: U.K. £ 55.00
U.S. $ 95.00