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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 Soft Power of War
Edited By: Lilie Chouliaraki
Series Title: Benjamins Current Topics 3

This book, which was originally published as a Special Issue of 'Journal of
Language & Politics' (4:1, 2005), takes the war in Iraq as an exemplary
case through which to demonstrate the changing nature of contemporary
power. The book convincingly argues that the effective study of
international politics depends today upon our understanding of the
interplay between hard (military, economic) and soft (symbolic) power. One
might say, between the politics of territory, guns or money and the
language of narrating the world in coherent and persuasive stories.
Bringing together different strands of discourse analysis with social,
historical and, to an extent, political analysis, all contributions seek to
illustrate the ways in which a variety of public genres, from political
speeches to computer games and from educational material to newspaper
reports, produce influential knowledge about the war and shape the ethical
and political premises upon which the legitimacy of this war and a 'vision'
of the emergent world order rests.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027222339
ISBN-13: 9789027222336
Pages: 161
Prices: U.S. $ 108