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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 Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language
Written By: David Crystal

This new, thoroughly revised edition of the acclaimed Cambridge
Encyclopedia of Language incorporates the major developments in language
study which have taken place since the mid 1990s. Two main new areas
have been added: the rise of electronic communication in all its current forms
from email to texting, and the crisis affecting the world's languages, of
half are thought to be so seriously endangered that they will die out this

- All language statistics have been updated, and additional information
provided about their linguistic affiliation
- All topics involving technology have been revised to take account of recent
developments, notably in phonetics, language disability, and computing
- Maps have been revised to include new countries or country names
- Special attention has been paid to fast-moving areas such as language
teaching and learning
- The text design has been completely updated with many new illustrations

'... a celebration of language in all its oddity, beauty, fun, astonishing
complexity and limitless variety' London Review of Books

'The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language is a masterpeice of
comprehensiveness and clarity.’ New Internationalist

'... an ingenious tour de force ... stunningly diverse linguistic menu.'
Burchfield, The Times

'... magnificently demonstrates Professor Crystal's outstanding breadth of
knowledge, incisiveness of judgment and superb skills at getting to the heart
of highly complex issues in a clear and straightforward manner.' Randolph
Quirk, FBA

'... David Crystal has a great facility for explaining language issues with
plain good sense, wit and admirable brevity.' The Times Educational Supplement

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521516986
ISBN-13: 9780521516983
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ISBN: 0521736501
ISBN-13: 9780521736503
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521516986
ISBN-13: 9780521516983
Prices: U.S. $ 99.00