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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: Language Without Rights
Written By: Lionel Wee
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics

Language without Rights is a book-length critique of the concept of
language rights. Synthesizing insights from a variety of disciplines,
including linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, sociology and
political philosophy, Wee demonstrates how the appeal to language rights
faces a number of conceptual and practical problems, particularly because
the discourse of rights is fundamentally inconsistent with the socially
variable nature of language. The book also explores an alternative that is
more in tune with the complexities of language in social life by suggesting
that issues involving language are better managed within a model of
deliberative democracy.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199737436
ISBN-13: 9780199737437
Pages: 232
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