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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: Alliteration and Sound Change in Early English
Written By: Donka Minkova
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

This study uses evidence from early English poetry to determine when certain sound changes took place in the transition from Old to Middle
English. It builds on the premise that alliteration in early English verse reflects faithfully the identity and similarity of stressed syllable onsets; it is based on the acoustic signal and not on the visual identity of letters. Examination of the behaviour of onset clusters leads to new conclusions regarding the causes for the special treatment of sp-, st-, sk-, and the chronology and motivation of cluster reduction.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521573173
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 420
Prices: U.S. $ 65.00
U.K. £ 55.00