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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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Journal Title: Language in Society
Volume/Issue:   36 / 5
Date: 2007
Table of Contents: A real-time window on 19th-century vernacular French: The Récits du français québécois d'autrefois
by Shana Poplack, Anne St-Amand
pp 707-734

Drawing on the words of others at public hearings: Zoning, Wal-Mart, and the threat to the aquifer
by Richard Buttny, Jodi R. Cohen
pp 735-756

How'd you get that accent?: Acquiring a second dialect of the same language
by Sali A Tagliamonte, Sonja Molfenter
pp 649-675

Suburbanization and language change in Basque
by Bill Haddican
pp 677-706

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
LL Issue: 18.3215