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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: English Words
Subtitle: History and Structure
Written By: Donka Minkova
Series Title: 2nd Edition

This new edition is concerned primarily with the learned vocabulary of
English - the words borrowed from the classical languages. It surveys the
historical events that define the layers of vocabulary in English,
introduces some of the basic principles of linguistic analysis, and is a
helpful manual for vocabulary discernment and enrichment. The new edition
has been updated with a discussion of the most recent trends of blending
and shortening associated with texting and other forms of electronic
communication and includes a new classification of the types of allomorphy.
It discusses important topics such as segment sonority and the historical
shifting of long vowels in English, and includes a new section on Grimm’s
law, explaining some of the more obscure links between Germanic and
Latinate cognates. Exercises accompany each chapter and an online workbook
contains readings and exercises to strengthen knowledge acquired in the

2009/234 pp.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521882583
ISBN-13: 9780521882583
Prices: U.S. $ 105.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521709172
ISBN-13: 9780521709170
Prices: U.S. $ 36.99