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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: Using English
Edited By: Janet Maybin
Neil Mercer
Ann Hewings

Using English provides an invaluable introduction to the study of English
for students of language and linguistics. It examines the way in which the
English language is used today in different contexts and in many parts of
the world, by both native and non-native speakers. Issues of language use
in speech and writing, in work and play, and in persuading and informing
are explored and illustrated with data and readings from around the
English-using world. The reader is introduced to the adaptations and
variations in English language use and to debates relating to how these are
perceived and evaluated by different groups of users.

For this new book, key material from the earlier bestselling book, Using
English: From Conversation to Canon, has been reorganized and updated, and
entirely new material introduced. This new content is based on recent
research in the field, as well as on contemporary thinking about how
speakers and writers use the English language to accomplish a huge range of
purposes in a variety of linguistic and cultural settings. Drawing on The
Open University's wide experience of writing accessible and innovative
texts, this book:

*Explains basic concepts, easily located through a comprehensive index

*Includes contributions by experts in the field, such as Mike Baynham,
Adrian Beard, Guy Cook, Sharon Goodman, Almut Koester, Janet Maybin and

*Contains a range of source material and commissioned readings to
supplement chapters.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0415376815
ISBN-13: 9780415376815
Pages: 328
Prices: U.S. $ 120.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0415376823
ISBN-13: 9780415376822
Pages: 328
Prices: U.S. $ 35.95