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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: Directions in Directions in Sociolinguistics
Subtitle: The Ethnography of Communication
Written By: John Gumperz
Dell Hathaway Hymes

Directions in Sociolinguistics is a now classic collection of pioneering
essays by leading sociolinguists. The book proceeds from the assumption
that we may learn from language as interactional behaviour, illustrating
both advances in theoretical insights and changes in research interests.
Taking a speaker's communicative competence as a social as well as
grammatical fact, this volume is an invaluable compendium of articles by
some of the most eminent researchers in Sociolinguistics, and in the
sociology and anthropology of language.

Publication Year: 1986
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0631149872
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 608
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U.K. £ 19.99