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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: Beyond Communities of Practice
Subtitle: Language, Power and Social Context
Written By: Karin Tusting
Edited By: David Barton
Series Title: Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive & Computational Perspectives

The concept of "communities of practice" (Lave and Wenger 1991, Wenger
1998) has become influential in education, management, and social sciences
in recent years. This volume emphasizes the significance of language,
power, and social context in understanding how communities of practice
work. Domains of empirical research reported include schools, police
stations, adult basic education, higher education and multilingual
settings. The relationship between communities of practice and literacy
studies, critical language studies, the ethnography of communication,
socio-cultural activity theory, and sociological theories of risk is also

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521836433
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 256
Prices: U.S. $ 70.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521544920
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 256
Prices: U.S. $ 24.99
U.K. £ 15.99