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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 and Human Relations
Subtitle: Styles of Address in Contemporary Language
Written By: Catrin Norrby
Jane Warren

The way in which people address one another is crucial to expressing social
relationships and is closely linked with cultural values. In English we
call some people by their first names, and others “Mr” or “Ms”, followed by
their surname. In some other languages there are different ways of saying
“you” depending on the degree of social distance. Exploring practices in
the family, school, university, the workplace and in letters, this book
reveals patterns in the varied ways people choose to address one another,
from pronouns to first names, from honorifics to titles and last names.
Examples are taken from contemporary English, French, German and Swedish,
using rich data from focus group research, interviews, chat groups, and
participant observation.

2009/200 pp./26 tables

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521870623
ISBN-13: 9780521870627
Prices: U.S. $ 99.00
U.K. £ 55.00