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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: Old English
Subtitle: A Linguistic Introduction
Written By: Jeremy J. Smith

Old English provides a clear linguistic introduction to English
between the 5th century and the Norman invasion in 1066. Tailored to suit
the needs of individual course modules, it assumes no prior knowledge of
the subject, and presents the basic facts in a straightforward manner,
making it the ideal beginners’ text. Students are guided step-by-step
through the main characteristics and developments of English during that
period, aided by concise chapter summaries, suggestions for further
reading, and a comprehensive glossary. Each chapter is accompanied by an
engaging set of exercises and discussion questions based on authentic
Anglo-Saxon texts, encouraging students to consolidate their learning, and
providing essential self-study material. The book is accompanied by a
companion website, featuring solutions to the exercises and useful
additional resources. Providing essential knowledge and skills for those
embarking on the study of Old English, it is set to become the leading
introduction to the subject.

Cambridge Introductions to the English Language
2009/216 pp.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English, Old
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521866774
ISBN-13: 9780521866774
Prices: U.S. $ 90.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521685699
ISBN-13: 9780521685696
Prices: U.S. $ 29.99