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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: T-to-R and the Northern Subject Rule: questionnaire-based spatial, social and structural linguistics
Author: Isabelle Buchstaller
Institution: Universität Leipzig
Author: Karen P Corrigan
Institution: Newcastle University
Author: Anders Holmberg
Institution: Durham University
Author: Patrick Honeybone
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Institution: University of Edinburgh
Author: Warren Maguire
Institution: University of Edinburgh
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Abstract: Accents and dialects of English and Scots in Britain have been under active investigation for many decades, as reported through the Survey of English Dialects (Orton et al. 1962–71) and the Linguistic Atlas of Scotland (Mather et al. 1975–86), Wells’ three-volume compendium (1982), and a host of detailed studies of individual varieties. There are also welcome recent signs of the reintegration of variation data into theoretical discussion (see Henry 2002, Cornips & Corrigan 2005a and Trousdale & Adger 2007 for morphosyntax, as well as Anttila 2002 and Coetzee & Pater 2011 for phonology). Nonetheless, the precise structural, geolinguistic and sociolinguistic patterning of many features of vernacular Englishes in the UK is still largely unknown.


This article appears IN English Language and Linguistics Vol. 17, Issue 1.

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