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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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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: Agency in the Emergence of Creole Languages
Subtitle: The role of women, renegades, and people of African and indigenous descent in the emergence of the colonial era creoles
Edited By: Nicholas G. Faraclas
Series Title: Creole Language Library 45

This book is a ‘must read’ for those who are looking for fresh perspectives
on the process of creolization of language. Focusing on peoples whose
agency has too often been rendered invisible in colonial and neo-colonial
history and on voices which have too often been silenced in linguistic
accounts of creole genesis, this volume considers socio-historical and
linguistic evidence that attests to the important roles played in the
emergence of the Atlantic and Pacific Creoles by marginalized populations,
such as women and people of non-European descent. In this work, the authors
amass and critically analyze a wealth of compelling data not only from
phonology, morpho-syntax, pragmatics, and descriptive, theoretical, and
applied linguistics, but also from history, economics, political science,
sociology, anthropology, and critical theory to demonstrate how
enterprising women, rebellious slaves, insubordinate sailors, and a host of
other renegades and maroons had a major impact on the creolized societies,
cultures, and languages of the colonial era Atlantic and Pacific.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Language Contact
Creole Studies
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027273796
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
U.S. $ 158.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027252685
Prices: U.K. £ 105.00
U.S. $ 158.00
Europe EURO 111.30