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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: The Linguistics of Speech
Written By: William A. Kretzschmar

This insightful study proposes a unified theory of speech through which
conflicting ideas about language might be understood. It is founded on a
number of key points, such as the continuum of linguistic behavior,
extensive variation in language features, the importance of regional and
social proximity to shared linguistic production, and differential
frequency as a key factor in linguistic production both in regional and
social groups and in text corpora. The study shows how this new linguistics
of speech does not reject rules in favor of language use, or reject
language use in favor of rules; rather, it shows how rules can come from
language as people use it. Written in a clear, engaging style and
containing invaluably accessible introductions to complex theoretical
concepts, this work will be of great interest to students and scholars of
sociolinguistics, dialectology and corpus linguistics.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521887038
ISBN-13: 9780521887038
Pages: 308
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