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It's Been Said Before

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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: Scribes as Agents of Language Change
Edited By: Esther-Miriam Wagner
Ben Outhwaite
Bettina Beinhoff
Series Title: Studies in Language Change [SLC] 10

The majority of our evidence for language change in pre-modern times comes from the written output of scribes. The present volume deals with a variety of aspects of language change and focuses on the role of scribes. The individual articles, which treat different theoretical and empirical issues, reflect a broad cross-linguistic and cross-cultural diversity. The languages that are represented cover a broad spectrum, and the empirical data come from a wide range of sources. This book provides a wealth of new data and new perspectives on old problems, and it raises new questions about the actual mechanisms of language change.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Language Change
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781614510505
Pages: 328
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95

Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9781614510543
Pages: 328
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95