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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: The Social Construction of Age
Subtitle: Adult Foreign Language Learners
Written By: Patricia Andrew
Series Title: Second Language Acquisition

This book explores the social construction of age in the context of EFL in
Mexico. It is the first book to address the age factor in SLA from a social
perspective. Based on research carried out at a public university in Mexico, it
investigates how adults of different ages experience learning a new language
and how they enact their age identities as language learners. By approaching
the topic from a social constructionist perspective and in light of recent work in
sociolinguistics and cultural studies, it broadens the current second language
acquisition focus on age as a fixed biological or chronological variable to
encompass its social dimensions. What emerges is a more complex and
nuanced understanding of age as it intersects with language learning in a way
that links it fundamentally to other social phenomena, such as gender, ethnicity
and social class.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781847696144
Pages: 200
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ISBN-13: 9781847696137
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781847696144
Pages: 200
Prices: U.S. $ 129.95

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781847696137
Pages: 200
Prices: U.S. $ 39.95