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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: Social Roles and Language Practices in Late Modern English
Edited By: Päivi Pahta
Minna K. Nevala
Arja Nurmi
Collin Paland
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 195

This volume presents a ground-breaking overview of the interconnections
between socio-cultural reality and language practices, by looking at the
different ways in which social roles are performed, maintained, adopted and
assigned through linguistic means. The introductory chapter discusses and
evaluates different theoretical approaches to the question, and the eight
articles by leading scholars in the field offer a multiplicity of
methodological and theoretical approaches to the description and
interpretation of social roles as expressed in a variety of texts from the
eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. While the specific period covered is
Late Modern English, the theoretical insights offered will be of interest
to any linguist interested in sociolinguistics, pragmatics and the history
of English, as well as scholars in the social sciences and social history
interested in the concept and realisation of roles.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027288233
Prices: Europe EURO 95.00
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027254405
Prices: U.K. £ 95
U.S. $ 143.00
Europe EURO 100.70