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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: The Cambridge Handbook of Literacy
Edited By: David R. Olson
Nancy Torrance

This handbook marks the transformation of the topic of literacy from the
narrower concerns with learning to read and write to an interdisciplinary
enquiry into the various roles of writing and reading in the full range of
social and psychological functions in both modern and developing societies.
It does so by exploring the nature and development of writing systems, the
relations between speech and writing, the history of the social uses of
writing, the evolution of conventions of reading, the social and
developmental dimensions of acquiring literate competencies, and, more
generally, the conceptual and cognitive dimensions of literacy as a set of
social practices. Contributors to the volume are leading scholars drawn
from such disciplines as linguistics, literature, history, anthropology,
psychology, the neurosciences, cultural psychology, and education.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Writing Systems
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521862205
ISBN-13: 9780521862202
Pages: 624
Prices: U.S. $ 120.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521680522
ISBN-13: 9780521680523
Pages: 624
Prices: U.S. $ 50.00