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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: Modern Chinese History and Sociolinguistics
Written By: Ping Chen

The Chinese language, spoken by over one billion people, has undergone
drastic changes over the past century. This book presents a comprehensive
and up-to-date account of the development of Modern Chinese from the late
nineteenth century up to the 1990s. It describes and analyses in detail,
from historical and sociolinguistic perspectives, the establishment and
promotion of Modern Spoken Chinese and Modern Written Chinese, and the
reform of the Chinese script, and reveals the interaction of linguistic,
historical and social factors in the recent development of the language.

Publication Year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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