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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 and National Identity in Asia
Edited By: Andrew Alexander Simpson

Language and National Identity in Asia is a comprehensive introduction to
the role of language in the construction and development of nations and
national identities in Asia.

Leading scholars from all over the world investigate the role languages
have played and now play in the formation of the national and social
identity in countries throughout South, East, and Southeast Asia. They
consider the relation of the regions' languages to national, ethnic, and
cultural identity, and examine the status of and interactions between
majority, official, and minority languages.

Illustrated with maps and accessibly written this book will interest all
those concerned to understand the dynamics of social change in some of the
most important countries in the world. It will appeal to all those
studying, researching, or teaching issues in Asian society, language, and
politics from a comparative perspective.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0199226482
ISBN-13: 9780199226481
Pages: 480
Prices: U.K. £ 27.50

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199267480
ISBN-13: 9780199267484
Pages: 480
Prices: U.K. £ 75.00