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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 South Africa
Edited By: Rajend Mesthrie

This is a comprehensive and wide-ranging guide to language and society in South Africa. As the authors demonstrate, the South African context offers a treasure trove of data and examples for linguistic and sociolinguistic study. The book surveys the most important language groupings in the region in terms of pre-colonial and colonial history; contact between the different language varieties, leading to language loss, pidginization, creolization and new mixed varieties; language and public policy issues associated with the transition to a post-apartheid society and its eleven official languages. It details the history of indigenous languages, the impact of European languages upon them, and of transformations to the European languages themselves. Written by a team of leading researchers, all the chapters are informed by the importance of socio-political history in understanding questions of language. The book will be welcomed by students and researchers in language and linguistics, sociology, anthropology and social history.


R. Mesthrie, A. Traill, R.K. Herbert, R. Bailey, P.T. Roberge,
R. Lass, D. Aarons, P. Akach, E. de Kadt, R. Adendorff, W. Branford,
J.S. Claughton, K. McCormick, S. Slabbert, R. Finlayson, J. Keith
Chick, V. de Klerk, David Gough, G.L. Stone, K.D.P. Makhudu,
D.K. Ntshangase, T.G. Reagan, S. Murray, K. Heugh

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Anthropological Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521791057
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 504
Prices: U.S. $ 75
U.K. £ 50