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It's Been Said Before

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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: Colonization, globalization and the plight of 'weak' languages
Author: Salikoko S Mufwene
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Institution: University of Chicago
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Abstract: Daniel Nettle and Suzanne Romaine, Vanishing voices: the extinction of the world's languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Pp. x+241.


This article appears IN Journal of Linguistics Vol. 38, Issue 2.

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