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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.

Academic Paper

Title: A 'practice of the variant' and the origins of the standard. Presentation of a variationist linguistics method for a corpus of Old French charters
Author: Harald Völker
Institution: Universität Zürich
Linguistic Field: Morphology; Sociolinguistics; Writing Systems
Subject Language: French
Abstract: Concerning the history of the linguistic standardisation of French, the period which begins with Louis XIV and the 17th century is well known and has been well documented. However, to the present day, discussions about the origins and the early periods of standardisation often suffer from a lack of intralinguistic evidence. The present article makes some suggestions which are designed to help compensate for this lack of evidence, and discusses some results from a German research project on Old French charters.


This article appears IN Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 17, Issue 2.

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