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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: German
Subtitle: A Linguistic Introduction
Written By: Sarah M. B. Fagan

Standard German is spoken by approximately 95 million people worldwide.
This book provides an introduction to the linguistic structure of standard
German that is rich in descriptive detail and grounded in modern linguistic
theory. It describes the main linguistic features: the sounds, structure
and formation of words, structure of sentences, and meaning of words and
sentences. It surveys the history of the language, the major dialects,
German in Austria and Switzerland, as well as sociolinguistic issues such
as style, language and gender, youth language, and English influence on
German. Prior knowledge of German is not required, as glosses and
translations of the German examples are provided. Each chapter includes
exercises designed to give the reader practical experience in analyzing the
language. It is an essential learning tool for undergraduate and graduate
students in German and linguistics.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Subject Language(s): German
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521852854
ISBN-13: 9780521852852
Prices: U.K. £ 60.00
U.S. $ 110.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521618037
ISBN-13: 9780521618038
Prices: U.K. £ 21.99
U.S. $ 39.99