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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 and the African American Child
Written By: Lisa J. Green

How do children acquire African American English? How do they develop the
specific language patterns of their communities? Drawing on spontaneous
speech samples and data from structured elicitation tasks, this book explains
the developmental trends in the children's language. It examines topics such as
the development of tense/aspect marking, negation and question formation, and
addresses the link between intonational patterns and meaning. Lisa Green
shows the impact that community input has on children's development of
variation in the production of certain constructions such as possessive –s, third
person singular verbal –s, and forms of copula and auxiliary be. She discusses
the implications that the linguistic description has for practical applications,
such as developing instructional materials for children in the early stages of their

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521853095
ISBN-13: 9780521853095
Prices: U.K. £ 60.00
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521618177
ISBN-13: 9780521618175
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