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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: Sociolinguistic Variation
Subtitle: Theories, Methods, and Applications
Edited By: Robert Bayley
Ceil Lucas

Why does human language vary from one person, or one group, to another? In
what ways does it vary? How do linguists go about studying variation in,
say, the sound system or the sentence structure of a particular language?
Why is the study of language variation important outside the academic
world, in say education, the law, employment or housing? This book provides
an overview of these questions, bringing together a team of experts to
survey key areas within the study of language variation and language
change. Covering both the range of methods used to research variation in
language, and the applications of such research to a variety of social
contexts, it is essential reading for advanced students and researchers in
sociolinguistics, communication, linguistic anthropology and applied

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521871271
ISBN-13: 9780521871273
Pages: 424
Prices: U.K. £ 55.00
U.S. $ 105.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521691818
ISBN-13: 9780521691819
Pages: 422
Prices: U.K. £ 19.99
U.S. $ 37.99