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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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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 Lesser-Known Varieties of English
Subtitle: An Introduction
Edited By: Daniel Schreier
Peter Trudgill
Edgar W. W. Schneider
Jeffrey P. Williams

This is the first ever volume to compile sociolinguistic and historical
information on lesser-known, and relatively ignored, native varieties of
English around the world. Exploring areas as diverse as the Pacific, South
America, the South Atlantic and West Africa, it shows how these varieties
are as much part of the big picture as major varieties and that their
analysis is essential for addressing some truly important issues in
linguistic theory, such as dialect obsolescence and death, language birth,
dialect typology and genetic classification, patterns of diffusion and
transplantation and contact-induced language change. It also shows how
close interwoven fields such as social history, contact linguistics and
variationist sociolinguistics are in accounting for their formation and
maintenance, providing a thorough description of the lesser-known varieties
of English and their relevance for language spread and change.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9780511686610
Prices: U.S. $ 28.00
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521710169
Prices: U.K. £ 19.99

Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780521883962
Prices: U.K. £ 55.00