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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: The English Language
Subtitle: A Linguistic History
Written By: Laurel J. Brinton
Leslie K Arnovick

- Does not assume any background knowledge in language or linguistics
- Thoroughly linguistically based
- Focuses on processes of language change that provides explanations and
contextualizes the detailed changes
- Provides great than usual attention to syntax
- Gives a fuller treatment of Indo-European and Germanic
- Incorporates new theories, such as "grammaticalization"
- Offers a balanced focus on formal and cultural aspects of language history
- Most of the examples presented are taken from literary sources,
especially Chaucer and Shakespeare for Middle and Early Modern English,
- Integrates self-testing exercises throughout the book
- Provides recommended web links (external history, pronunciation guides,
grammar reviews, supplemental exercises, sample manuscripts and texts,
maps, etc.) at the end of each chapter

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0195422058
ISBN-13: 9780195422054
Pages: 542
Prices: U.K. £ 45.99