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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: One Language, Two Grammars?
Subtitle: Differences between British and American English
Edited By: Günter Rohdenburg
Julia Schlüter

Please Note: This is a new version of a previously announced text.

It is well known that British and American English differ substantially in
their pronunciation and vocabulary - but differences in their grammar have
largely been underestimated. This volume focuses on British–American
differences in the structure of words and sentences and supports them with
computer-aided studies of large text collections. Present-day as well as
earlier forms of the two varieties are included in the analyses. This makes
it the first book-length treatment of British and American English grammar
in contrast, with topics ranging from compound verbs to word order
differences and tag questions. The authors explore some of the better-known
contrasts, as well as a great variety of innovative themes that have so far
received little or no consideration. Bringing together the work of a team
of leading scholars in the field, this book will be of interest to those
working within the fields of English historical linguistics, language
variation and change, and dialectology.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521183960
ISBN-13: 9780521183963
Prices: U.K. £ 35.00
U.S. $ 60.00