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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 Sexuality
Written By: Deborah Cameron
Don Kulick

This lively and accessible textbook looks at how we talk about sex and why
we talk about it the way we do. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from
personal ads to phone sex, from sado-masochistic scenes to sexual assault
trials, the book provides a clear introduction to the relationship between
language and sexuality. Using a broad definition of 'sexuality', the book
encompasses not only issues surrounding sexual orientation and identity
but also questions about the discursive construction of sexuality and the
verbal expression of erotic desire. Cameron and Kulick contextualize their
findings within current research in linguistics, anthropology and
psychology, and bring together relevant theoretical debates on sexuality,
gender, identity, desire, meaning and power. Topical and entertaining,
this much-needed textbook will be welcomed by students and researchers in
sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology and gender/sexuality studies, as
well as anyone interested in the relationship between language and sex.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521009693
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 192
Prices: U.K. £ 15.95
U.S. $ 21