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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: Dynamics of a Creole System
Written By: Derek Bickerton

In this volume the author describes and systematically accounts for
language variation in a Creole-speaking community and assesses the
implications the study has on generally accepted notions of the nature of
language. Based on an extensive study of Guyana, South America, the volume
analyses the bewildering diversity found in the syntax and underlying
semantics of tense and aspect of the language of that country and shows
that data which at first sight appear merely chaotic in fact represent
different developmental stages of the language existing side by side in the
contemporary community. The volume also offers strong support for theories
of Creole origins of ‘Black English’ in the United States. It should be of
interest not only to those linguists involved in Creole and pidgin studies
but also to anyone concerned with general linguistic theory.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521110150
Prices: U.K. £ 17.99
U.S. $ 32.99