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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: Speak
Subtitle: A Short History of Languages
Written By: Tore Janson

Speak: A Short History of Languages is a history of human speech from prehistory to the present. It charts the rise of some languages and the fall of others, explaining why some survive and others die. It shows how languages change their meaning, shape, and sounds, and how the history of languages is intimately linked to the history of peoples. Written in a lively, readable style, it makes no assumptions about previous knowledge.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0199263418
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 312
Prices: $10.95