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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 Complexity
Subtitle: Typology, contact, change
Edited By: Matti Miestamo
Kaius Sinnemäki
Fred Karlsson
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 94

Language complexity has recently attracted considerable attention from
linguists of many different persuasions. This volume – a thematic selection
of papers from the conference Approaches to Complexity in Language, held in
Helsinki, August 2005 – is the first collection of articles devoted to the
topic. The sixteen chapters of the volume approach the notion of language
complexity from a variety of perspectives. The papers are divided into
three thematic sections that reflect the central themes of the book:
Typology and theory, Contact and change, Creoles and pidgins. The book is
mainly intended for typologists, historical linguists, contact linguists
and creolists, as well as all linguists interested in language complexity
in general. As the first collective volume on a very topical theme, the
book is expected to be of lasting interest to the linguistic community.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027231044
ISBN-13: 9789027231048
Prices: Europe EURO 110.00
U.S. $ 149.00