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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: Second Dialect Acquisition
Written By: Jeff Siegel

What is involved in acquiring a new dialect - for example, when Canadian
English speakers move to Australia or African American English-speaking
children go to school? How is such learning different from second language
acquisition (SLA), and why is it in some ways more difficult? These are some of
the questions Jeff Siegel examines in this book, the first to focus specifically on
second dialect acquisition (SDA). Siegel surveys a wide range of studies that
throw light on SDA. These concern dialects of English as well as those of other
languages, including Dutch, German, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese and
Spanish. He also describes the individual and linguistic factors that affect SDA,
such as age, social identity and language complexity. The book discusses
problems faced by students who have to acquire the standard dialect without
any special teaching, and presents some educational approaches that have
been successful in promoting SDA in the classroom.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9780511786426
Pages: 290
Prices: U.S. $ 79.00
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9780511784491
Pages: 290
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780521516877
Pages: 290
Prices: U.K. £ 60.00