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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: Txtng
Subtitle: The Gr8 Db8
Written By: David Crystal

"Crystal presents a compelling arguement in favor of texting as a force
for, and signifier of, linguistic ability." --The Times, London

"A work that needed to be written, it's wholly persuasive in its arguments
and it makes the blusterers look a bit silly." --New York Post

"...wise, engagingly written, informative book." --Daily Mail

In this humorous, level-headed and insightful book, David Crystal argues
that the panic over texting is misplaced. Crystal, a world renowned
linguist, looks at every aspect of text-messaging and considers its effects
on literacy, language, and society. He explains how texting began, how it
works, who uses it, and how much it is used, and he shows how to interpret
the mixture of pictograms, logograms, abbreviations, symbols, and wordplay
typically used in texting. He finds that the texting system of conveying
sounds and concepts goes back a long way--to the very origins of writing.
And far from hindering children's literacy, texting turns out to help it.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Writing Systems
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199544905
ISBN-13: 9780199544905
Pages: 256
Prices: U.S. $ 19.95