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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: Speech Acts in the History of English
Edited By: Andreas H. Jucker
Irma Taavitsainen

Did earlier speakers of English use the same speech acts that we use today?
Did they use them in the same way? How did they signal speech act values
and how did they negotiate them in case of uncertainty? These are some of
the questions that are addressed in this volume in innovative case studies
that cover a wide range of speech acts from Old English to Present-day
English. All the studies offer careful discussions of methodological and
theoretical issues as well as detailed descriptions of specific speech
acts. The first part of the volume is devoted to directives and
commissives, i.e. speech acts such as requests, commands and promises. The
second part is devoted to expressives and assertives and deals with speech
acts such as greetings, compliments and apologies. The third part, finally,
contains technical reports that deal primarily with the problem of
extracting speech acts from historical corpora.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Discipline of Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
English, Old
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027254206
ISBN-13: 9789027254207
Pages: 318
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
U.S. $ 158.00