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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: Just A Phrase I'm Going Through
Subtitle: My Life in Language
Written By: David Crystal

Kidnapping, attempted assassination, espionage… not the answers you’d
expect to the question "What happens when you become a linguist?"

But now, reflecting on a long and hugely successful career at the forefront
of the field of English Language and Linguistics, David Crystal answers
this question and offers us a special look behind the scenes at the
adventures, rewards, challenges and pitfalls of his life in language.

Both an autobiography and a highly accessible introduction to the field of
linguistics, Just a Phrase I’m Going Through illuminates and entertains us
with its many insights into the ever-fascinating subject of language.

David Crystal is synonymous with language, both as a great populariser and
linguistic pioneer, and his contribution to the field is unparalleled. This
is a book not just for students and teachers but for all lovers of
language. For more about David Crystal at Routledge, visit:

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0415485754
ISBN-13: 9780415485753
Pages: 304
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0415485746
ISBN-13: 9780415485746
Pages: 292
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Format: CD
ISBN: 0415547903
ISBN-13: 9780415547901
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Format: Electronic
ISBN: 0203878493
ISBN-13: 9780203878491
Pages: 304
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