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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: Making Requests by Chinese EFL Learners
Written By: Vincent Xian Wang
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 207

Requests, a speech act people frequently use to perform everyday
social interactions, have attracted particular attention in politeness
theories, pragmatics, and second language acquisition. This book
looks at request behaviours in a significant EFL population – Chinese-
speaking learners of English. It will draw on recent literature, such as
politeness theories and cognitive models for interlanguage pragmatics
development, as well as placing special emphasis on situational
context and formulaic language to provide a more fine-grained
investigation. A range of request scenarios has been specifically
designed for this project, from common service encounters to highly
face-threatening situations such as borrowing money and asking a
favour of police officer. Our findings on Chinese-style pragmatic
behaviours and patterns of pragmatic development will be of value to
cross-cultural pragmatics researchers, TESOL professionals, and
university students with an interest in this area of study.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027256119
Prices: U.S. $ 135.00
U.K. £ 90.00
Europe EURO 95.40
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027286802
Prices: U.S. $ 135.00
Europe EURO 90.00