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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 Human Relations
Subtitle: Styles of Address in Contemporary Language
Written By: Catrin Norrby
Jane Warren

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

The way in which people address one another is crucial to expressing social
relationships and is closely linked with cultural values. In English we
call some people by their first names, and others 'Mr' or 'Ms',
followed by their surname. In some other languages there are different ways
of saying 'you' depending on the degree of social distance. Exploring
practices in the family, school, university, the workplace and in letters,
this book reveals patterns in the varied ways people choose to address one
another, from pronouns to first names, from honorifics to titles and last
names. Examples are taken from contemporary English, French, German and
Swedish, using rich data from focus group research, interviews, chat
groups, and participant observation.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521182379
Prices: U.K. £ 23.99
U.S. $ 39.99