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.
Based on the British National Corpus, this book investigates a range of morphosyntactic features of negation that can be found in everyday spoken language and provides the first thorough empirical study of the field of non-standard negation.