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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: Linguistic Diversity
Written By: Daniel Nettle

There are some 6,500 different languages in the world. This book investigates why diversity arose, how it relates to the origins and evolution of language and culture, and whether the uneven distribution of human languages may be linked with patterns of human geography and history. Daniel Nettle draws on work in anthropology, linguistics, geography, archeology, and evolutionary science to explain linguistic diversity.

Publication Year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0198238576
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 184 p
Prices: $19.95

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0198238584
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 184 p
Prices: $65.00