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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: New Zealand English
Subtitle: Its Origins and Evolution
Written By: Elizabeth Gordon
Lyle Campbell
Jennifer B. Hay
Margaret L. Maclagan
Andrea Sudbury
Peter Trudgill
Series Title: Studies in English Language

New Zealand English - at just 150 years old - is one of the newest varieties of English, and is unique in that its full history and development are documented in extensive audio-recordings. The rich corpus of spoken language provided by New Zealand's 'mobile disk unit' has provided insight into how the earliest New Zealand-born settlers spoke, and consequently, how this new variety of English developed. On the basis of these recordings, this book examines and analyses the extensive linguistic changes New Zealand English has undergone since it was first spoken in the 1850s. The authors, all experts in phonetics and sociolinguistics, use the data to test previous explanations for new dialect formation, and to challenge current claims about the nature of language change. The first ever corpus-based study of the evolution of New Zealand English, this book will be welcomed by all those interested in phonetics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics and dialectology.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language(s): None
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521642922
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 390
Prices: U.S. $ 85.00
U.K. £ 55.00