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It's Been Said Before

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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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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 Social Art
Subtitle: Language and Its Uses - 2nd Ed
Written By: Ronald K. S. Macaulay

The Social Art is an engagingly written, highly accessible tour through the
world of languages. Macaulay uses jokes, anecdotes, quotations, and
examples to introduce readers to the full range of current linguistic
knowledge, covering in 35 chapters, topics like language acquisition,
phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, dialects, conversation,
narrative, swearing, and many others.

In this revised and expanded second edition, Macaulay brings the book up to
date with the last decade of progress in linguistics, adding more American
examples, and updating bibliographies. Two new chapters have been added, on
theories of language development and on the evolution of language. The
Social Art is perfect for general readers and students who want to learn
about what it is that linguists do.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0195187962
ISBN-13: 9780195187960
Pages: 256
Prices: U.K. £ 11.99